Why take the TEF?

For immigration and citizenship application procedures, the Federal Government of Canada requests proof of the applicants’ linguistic knowledge of French.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has recognized the TEF for these purposes since 2002. The TEF format that applies to these procedures is TEF Canada.

What are the tests?

You must take the following tests for a Canadian immigration application:

  • Oral comprehension: 40 min – 60 questions
  • Written comprehension: 60 min – 50 questions
  • Oral expression: 15 min – 2 topics to cover
  • Written expression: 60 min – 2 topics to cover

You must take the following examinations for a Canadian citizenship application:

  • Oral comprehension: 40 min – 60 questions
  • Oral expression: 15 min – 2 topics to cover

  Attention! All tests must be completed on the same day for your certificate to be recognized by Canadian authorities.​

To find out about the TEF Québec (TEFAQ) arrangements for immigration to Quebec, click here.

How do I register?

Please contact us directly for more details on session dates, prices or for any questions about the organisation of sessions.

How do I obtain my results?

Your results will be sent to the testing centre within 15 business days from the date of receipt of the session materials.

However, if you passed a TEF version with the written expression, the deadline for the correction is extented. Please allow from 4 to 6 weeks to receive your results.

The centre will then receive all statements of the candidates’ results by mail. The center is responsible for sending results to each candidate.

Please noteYou will only receive a single copy of your certificate. You are therefore advised to keep a certified copy.

The statement lists your scores on each of the examinations. To determine the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) corresponding to your score, please refer to the CLB equivalency charts.


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