|What is TEF?
TEF is a tool designed to assess your proficiency in French. It
is a test designed by the Chamber of Commerce of Paris that grants
a certificate that is widely recognized by business firms and
educational institutions worldwide indicating a proficiency in
French. TEF was designed by a team of experts linguists. It
derives its validity from the expertise of the Paris Chamber of
Commerce and Industry and the French Language Institute in the
fields of education and certification. TEF aims at assessing the
fluency in the French language of non native speakers of French.
The Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry delivers a certificate
featuring the candidate's score, personalized comments, as well as
a rating based on the Council of Europe standard grading system.
Why Should I Take TEF?
TEF allows non-French students to demonstrate their fluency in
French when they seek admission in French speaking universities or
employment or promotion. It allows non-French applicants to Canada
immigration to earn up to 8 points (out of 100). TEF lets
businesses to objectively and efficiently recruit applicants on
the basis of an internationally recognized test of French. Schools
and universities can measure the skills in French of their
students or applicants by using TEF.
Structure of the TEF test
3 compulsory sub-tests
2 optional sub-tests
Written comprehension (1h)
Written expression (1h)
Listening comprehension (40 mn)
Oral expression (35mn)
Structure and vocabulary (30mn)
(only if sitting the compulsory test)
$50 and $50
The 3 compulsory sub-tests cost $195. The 2 optional
tests cost $50 each. TEF registration must be paid at time of
registration and is non-refundable, no
What Tests Should I Take?
For Canada Immigration you have to take all the tests.
Otherwise, you can take the 3 compulsory tests only or the
3 compulsory tests + 1 or 2 optional tests or 1 or 2
optional tests (only if you took the 3 mandatory tests in the past
How long are the results good for?
TEF is valid for 12 months.
How many times may I take the test?
As many as you want, there are no limits.
How long does it take to receive the
We usually receive your results from Paris by email four weeks
after you took the test. Add two more weeks to receive the
Certificate by regular mail.
TEF is considered as being a hard test. Everyone (our
students as well as visitors) can take TEF. However we offer
especially designed for students whose main motivation is to
take TEF to earn points for Canada immigration. Our
experience will make the difference. You can buy the official
book, accompanied by two cassettes, at Languages
Institute Inc. or we can ship them to you. (Student Book: $19, 2
Where Can I take the TEF test?
You can take the TEF at the Languages Institute in
When Can I take the Test?
Next sessions in
- Saturday, September 23rd, 2006 / Deadline:
August 27th, 2006
What is the cost of TEF classes?
(Please inquire for current schedule)
Private class (1 student): $48/h
Semi-private class (2 students): $38/h each
Group class (3 to 8 students): 20 hours/$499
New: Included in your fee, Use our Video Lab for free, anytime
during business hours, to practice Oral comprehension.
On Saturday, from 1PM to 6 P.M, 7 days before your test,
there is a training session open to students having studied French
for at least 40 hours with us or somewhere else. This class is
private. We'll prepare you to take TEF so that
you will be ready to get more points. You will
go over the most commonly asked questions during TEF and review or
learn specific grammar and conjugation points that you
need. You will learn how you can articulate and write a very good
essay and how you can express yourself with ease. You will be
given thematic lists of vocabulary and idioms to be used for the
essays and oral expression and you will learn to use them
correctly. You will learn how to ask questions working on a
few TEF-like subjects (for subject A) and you will learn to
convince (for subject B). This is the hardest part of the
test. We'll prepare you to recognize a few key words, but you will
also need to prepare on your own by watching movies or listening
to French radio
stations. Our students have free access to our audio and video
lab (greatly recommended). The fee for this private class is
$295 for 5 hours.
For more information, go to the Paris
Chamber of Commerce Web Site