The Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF), designed by  France Education International 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 France Education International's website.

There are different reasons why to take the TCF:

The TCF is a multiple-choice test with 80 items that cover reading comprehension, command of grammatical structures and listening comprehension (duration: 1h30). It also includes optional tests for written (1h00) and oral expressions (15 minutes).

The TCF has a three-part compulsory tests with two optional tests:

  • Compulsory tests: listening comprehension, language structures, reading comprehension (1h30).
  • Optional tests: oral expression (15 minutes), written expression (A 60-minute-long writing task, composed of 3 exercises. More information).

This test is offered on a computer. In case of handicap, contact us in advance to arrange for needed adaptations.

Test pour la demande d’admission préalable / preliminary admission application

If you wish to apply, in France, as a first year undergraduate (L1) or as an architecture school student and you do not have the DELF B2 or DALF, you must apply for a TCF specific to the preliminary admission application, called “TCF for DAP”.

This test is composed of a listening comprehension, language structures, reading comprehension test (1H30) and a 1h00 written expression test.

This test is offered on a computer. In case of handicap, contact us in advance to arrange for needed adaptations.

Candidates who wish to emigrate and work in Québec can choose to present a TCF.

Your TCF for Québec certificate is only valid for your emigration application. You cannot use it for example for admission to a French university or for other purposes.

This test can only be taken by people who submit an immigration application at a Quebec immigration office or at Délégations Générales du Québec, Quebec government offices abroad. The test is comprised of four parts:

  • Oral Comprehension
  • Written Comprehension
  • Oral Expression
  • Written Expression

Each part of the test can be taken individually.

Except for the oral expression part, this test is offered on a computer. In case of handicap, contact us in advance to arrange for needed adaptations.

TCF Canada was specifically created in response to the standards of the IRCC (Immigration, réfugiés et citoyenneté Canada).

The TCF Canada is a 3h00 test, all parts are mandatory.

Except for the oral expression part, this test is offered on a computer. In case of handicap, contact us in advance to arrange for needed adaptations.

Test de Connaissance du Français pour l’accès à la nationalité française

As of April 1, 2020, persons wishing to acquire French nationality must attest to their level of spoken and written French. TCF ANF can be used to meet this requirement.

Your certificate of “TCF pour l’accès à la nationalité française” is only valid to complete a request for French nationality acquisition. You cannot use it for admission to a French university or to complete your request for emigration to Québec.

TCF ANF are composed of 4 mandatory tests:

  • Listening comprehension (29 questions – 25 minutes)
  • Written comprehension (29 questions- 45 minutes)
  • Written expression (3 exercises- 30 minutes)
  • Oral expression (3 questions – 10 minutes with an evaluator)

Except for the oral expression part, this test is offered on a computer. In case of handicap, contact us in advance to arrange for needed adaptations.

Exam center has reopened as of Jan 27th, 2021

Please sign up by returning the completed registration form (Link to get the form below) with your preferred date. The number of person to take the test will be limited to 2. We will accommodate your demand by adding more date if possible.

Examination procedure will be in accordance to Michigan government recommendations for covid-19. Exam Center may change or cancel exam date in case of increasing risks . Please read our safety measures.

Registration requires two steps:

  1. First step: download and complete the tcf-registration-form and email it to afd@afdetroit.org
  1. Second step: pay for your TCF test. Payment methods:
  • Aug 05, 2021 (TCF Canada) FULL
  • Aug 23, 2021 (TCF ANF, TP (morning only), Qc)
  • Sept 09, 2021 (TCF Canada) FULL
  • Sept 23, 2021 (TCF ANF, TP, Qc)
  • Oct 04, 2021 (TCF Canada)
  • Oct 18, 2021 (TCF ANF, TP, Qc)
  • July 25, 2021
  • Aug 12, 2021
  • Aug 29, 2021
  • Sept 12, 2021
  • Sept 22, 2021
  • Oct 06, 2021

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.france-education-international.fr 

You can also download a concise Manuel du candidat.