TCF - Test de connaissance du français

The Department of Languages and Literatures in its capacity as a centre authorized to administer the TCF (Test de connaissance du français), generally offers two dates (Winter and Summer Term) for taking the TCF annually.

The dates for 2017 are:

  • March 31, 2017  - application deadline for this session is March 2, 2017
  • July 22, 2017 - application deadline for this session is June 22, 2017

The TCF is a standardized and calibrated French language proficiency test that ranks candidates on one of six levels (élémentaire to supérieur avancé) on a scale defined by the Council of Europe (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). TCF score results are reliable measures of language proficiency. The test targets a clientele that wishes to know its level of French proficiency for personal, professional, or educational purposes.  All test marking is centralized at the CIEP (Centre International d’études pédagogiques) in France, a public institution that works towards international educational cooperation within the French Ministry of Education.

TCF results can be compared to a linguistic photograph of proficiency at the time of testing. The three compulsory sections of the TCF (which last a total of about 1 ½ hours) include: Reading Comprehension, Command of Language Structures, and Listening Comprehension.

Any person over 16 years of age may register to take the TCF.

It costs $70.00 CDN to register for the compulsory TCF (TCF épreuve obligatoire, 1 h 30 min). Please make a cheque payable to French Section, Acadia University. To register for the test,  you will need to submit the following information (together with the fee) to Elke Willmann.

  • Test
  • Family Name
  • First Name(s)
  • Date of Birth
  • Sex
  • Country of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Mother Tongue

For more information on the TCF, visit the website. Anyone considering taking the test should consult the handbook for candidates which is available there (click on TCF pour le public). The Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) and TV5MONDE also propose free training sessions and test simulations on the TV5MONDE website dedicated to learning French, Apprendre.TV. You can download this material from the CIEP website, or directly from the TV5 website.