Created in 1998 by the CCI Paris Ile-de-France, the Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) is an international reference test that measures the French level of knowledge and skills. Results are valid for two years.
In 2012, the French Language Institute will become an approved center to administer the TEF.
The TEF is officially recognized by:
- the Ministry of National Education
- the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
- the Ministry of the Interior
- the Department of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship of Canada
- the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Francisation, and Integration
- the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration
The TEF consists of five tests:
- Listening Comprehension (CO)
- Reading comprehension (CE)
- Oral Expression (EO)
- Written Expression (EE)
- Lexicon and structure (LS)
TEF is a modular test. Several versions exist and depend on the objective of the candidates and the steps they have to take.
- TEF for naturalization
- TEF for the resident card
- TEF to Emigrate to Canada: Immigration/Citizenship
- TEF for access to Quebec or TEFAQ
Other uses of the TEF (from 1 to 5 tests according to the needs):
- Access to studies
- Placement test
- Certification of language level
As of January 2020, all TEF sessions are dematerialized, and paper sessions are eliminated. The IEF regularly organizes these two TEF sessions:
- TEF Naturalization with these following tests: CO – CE – EO – EE
- TEF for access to studies with these following tests: CO – CE – EE – LS
The cost of TEF for each session is € 135.