Cheating during examinations is a disciplinary offence under French law, governed by the decree of July 13, 1992, amended by the decree of July 13, 1995.
Cheating during an exam is an offence. It is forbidden to:
- be replaced by another person during the exam,
- use a device to exchange or consult information (e.g. a smartphone),
- take a photo of the examination documents or record soundtracks,
- use a device for listening to audio files,
- communicate with other candidates during the test,
- use any paper or documents other than those provided,
- commit plagiarism (partially or fully reproducing existing documents, whether memorised or copied),
- copy from the script of another candidate.
If caught cheating or attempting to cheat, or if cheating is discovered during marking, you risk:
- having your results cancelled,
- being forbidden from sitting the exam for several years,
- criminal sanctions for the most serious cases.
If, during marking, the candidate is suspected of cheating, the CIEP reserves the right to cancel their marks. In this case, the candidate will not be issued a certificate, but may retake the test by paying a new registration fee.
In the event of falsification of a TCF certificate, the CIEP will cancel the certificate in question and will take disciplinary action.
Important: officers requiring a TCF certificate (agents of the prefectures, universities, campus France, etc.) have access to the results obtained by the candidates of the TCF.