Tcf & Tef Tests

Universal tests to assess your French language capabilities 

TCF and TEF are widely recognized French language evaluation tests that provide confirmation of your level of competency in French in any professional, academic or mobility related context. They allow you to obtain a simple and precise evaluation of your language skills, valid for 2 years from taking the test.

TCF test has been conceived by the French Commission for international matters in the field of education (France Education International), while TEF test has been conceived by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP). Both tests are equivalent in structure and difficulty.

What are the tests?

The TCF and TEF examinations consist of 5 tests, among which 3 are compulsory and 2 optional, according to your goals and the formalities you need to complete. The timing of optional tests is set accordingly. You can take these tests as many times as you wish, but you must respect a 30 days delay between two tests.

The tests are evaluated on a scale with 7 levels, from level 0 (most basic competencies) to level 6 (complete fluency). The results of the TCF & TEF tests ensure that candidates are reliably positioned on the Council of Europe's 6 levels scale (from A1 to C2).

For immigration to France or studies in France, your nearest exam center is Campus France Shanghai. More information here.

and structure

Study in France
TCF-TEF études en France

Migrate to France
TCF-TEF naturalisation

For further information and to get a detailed description of the TCF test contents, click here.

For further information and to get a detailed description of the TEF test content, click here.


Reading   -    550 RMB

Writing     -   550 RMB

Listening  -   800 RMB

Speaking  -   800 RMB

How to register?

You must come in person to the exam center and bring with you:

Your original passport or ID

2 color photographies with white background - 3.5 cm X 4.9 cm

Click here for FAQ about TCF and here for FAQ about TEF.

How to get your results?

Results are sent to the test center within 15 working days from the date the test paper is received by the France Education International or the CCIP. You will then receive an email advising you to come and pick up your certificate. If you cannot come and pick it up, we can arrange to have them sent to you: you will need to provide us with an A4 Registered Post envelope with your name and address on it.

How to prepare?

  1. Preparation workshop: boost your TCF-TEF scores with our tailored preparation workshops!  
  2. Private tuition: personalized training and flexible scheduling, private tuition is a great way to get ready before your exam. 
  3. External resources:
  • Our library also stocks a variety of books to help you prepare for TCF-TEF.