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Test de Connaissance du Français

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General Information

The TCF is a standardised test that ranks candidate's proficiency in French against the six-level scale defined by the Council of Europe (Common European Framework of References for Languages) and the ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe). 

Developed by France Education International, a public institution of the French Ministry of Education, the TCF is overseen by a committee of the finest French and European linguists. The Alliance Française de Sydney is the only institution in Sydney accredited to deliver this certificate. 

Who is it for?

This test is intended for non-native French speakers who wish to have their level of French certified for various personal, professional or academic reasons (e.g. admission into French universities). You can also use the TCF to apply for French nationality. 


Exam Structure and Fees

Compulsory Examination

Optional Examinations

    Reading comprehension
    Listening comprehension
    Language structures (grammar and vocabulary)

    Written production exam
    Speaking & oral interaction exam


    $160 per component

      Test Location

      Alliance Francaise de Sydney CBD, 257 Clarence Street Sydney NSW 2000


      Your TCF certificate is valid for 2 years from the date you sit the test. 

      Applying for French nationality

      Those applying for French nationality  must have all skills assessed: 1 compulsory examination +  2 optional examinations
      Total fees: $615 

      Registrations and Upcoming Sessions


      You may take the TCF test as many times as you wish, provided there is a minimum of 60 days between examination sessions. 

      Registrations can be made via our website, in person or over the phone. Enrolments will not be confirmed until the full application fee and completed forms have been received by our front desk staff. 

      Cancellations and deferrals prior to the registration deadline must be made in writing.
      No refund, credit, deferral or transfer will be granted after the registration deadline.

      Please note

      In order for your registration to be accepted, you will need to include an ID photo in the enrolment form. The ID picture has to be as follow:

      • Dimensions : 248 x 319mm  
      • Resolution /pixel :300 PPP (high resolution)
      • Format JPEG
      • Must be a standard issued ID photo (e.g. driving licence, passport…)


      Upcoming Sessions

      Exam dates

      Enrolment deadlines

      Monday 8 February 2021

       Friday 8 January 2021 until 4pm

      Tuesday 20 July 2021

      Tuesday 15 June 2020 until 4pm

      How to Prepare

      The TCF is an evaluation of your proficiency in French. For the most comprehensive preparation, enrol in a language class at 

      Alliance Française de Sydney. Click here to explore our range of courses.

      You can also prepare for the listening comprehension examination with the following publications:
      - The official guide to the TCF, with practice exercises, published by Éditions Didier.
      - TCF, 250 Activités, ”Le Nouvel Entraînez-vous" collection, published by CLE International

      Resources to aid in preparing for the listening comprehension examination, levels 5 & 6, include:
      - The RFI (Radio France International) website
      - The Éditions Didier website
      - TV5 Monde


      Results are sent to the test centre within 20 working days of receipt of the examination papers by FEI.

      Collection of Certificates

      You will receive an email advising when your certificate is ready for collection from Alliance Française de Sydney CBD branch.

      Mailing of Certificates

      If you cannot collect your items in person, please provide us with an A4 Registered Post envelope with your name and address. 

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