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.

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 two to three weeks of the test date, and which is valid for 2 years.

Different TCF are offered to respond to different objectives.

Please be aware that we cannot advise on your specific needs when it comes to exam choice. You’ll need to contact the school you want to apply in or the immigration service you are in contact with.

For more information visit the CIEP's website.

Why take the TCF ?

There are different reasons why to take the TCF:

TCF offered at the AFD/FIM
How to register?

Registration requires two steps:

  1. First step: download and complete the tcf-registration-form and email it to alliancefrancaise@frenchinstitute.org
  1. Second step: pay for your TCF test. Payment methods:
Upcoming Exam Dates
How to prepare for the TCF ?

Although no class specifically prepares for the TCF, any course will help your comprehension and conversation skills. Please contact us if you need advice on the course(s) you may need.

You can practice online at https://tcf.didierfle.com/, with TV5 and  with Radio France Internationale 

More information and sample tests are available on the following website: www.ciep.fr 

You can also download a concise Manuel du candidat.