What is the TCF ?
The Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF), designed by the CIEP (Centre international d’études pédagogiques) and accredited by the French Ministry of Education, is a French language proficiency test for non-native speakers of French who wish to evaluate and have their level of proficiency certified for professional, academic or personal reasons.
In general, the TCF grades and ranks candidates at one of the six levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 or C2) on a scale defined by the Council of Europe (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). TCF grade results are reliable measurements for determining proficiency.
Each candidate is provided with a certificate stating their test results within one month of the test date, and which is valid for 2 years.
The French Institute of Michigan offers :
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For more information visit the site http://www.ciep.fr/tcf/index.php
There are different reasons why to take the TCF :
For work: A TCF certificate is a proof of your language knowledge and abilities to support job applications.
For studies: The TCF meets French language requirements for application to graduate studies at French universities.
Personal: Each person can obtain an evaluation of his/her speaking, writing and comprehension skills in French with a TCF test.