Tcf - Test de Connaissance du Français

The TCF (Test de Connaissance du Français) is a French language proficiency test. It is a standardised test that ranks candidates on one of six levels on a scale defined by the Council of Europe (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe). TCF score results are reliable measurements for determining proficiency. Developed by the CIEP, a public institution of the French Ministry of Education, the test ensures strict methodology validated by a linguists committee composed of the best French and European specialists. The Alliance Française de Sydney is the only accredited institution in Sydney to deliver this test.

The TCF assesses candidates’ level of French for general purposes. It is intended for people who are not native French speakers and who, for professional, personal or academic reasons (ie. admission into French universities), want to have their ability in French assessed and certified simply, reliably and quickly. It is a multiple-choice test with 76 items that cover reading and listening comprehension and grammatical structures.

It also includes optional tests for written and spoken expression. All candidates receive a certificate of results that positions them at one of the six levels (from A1 to C2) of the competency scale defined by the Council of Europe (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

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1 compulsory examination: $295. It includes:

  • Reading comprehension;
  • Listening comprehension;
  • Language structures (grammar and vocabulary).

2 optional examinations: $160 each

  • Written production;
  • Speaking & oral interaction.


All skills must be assessed : 1 compulsory examination +  2 optional examinations
Total: $615


Alliance Francaise de Sydney CBD: 257 Clarence Street 


Exam dates Enrolment deadlines
Monday 10 February 2020 Monday 13 January 2020 until 5pm
Wednesday 8 July 2020 Tuesday 9 June 2020 until 5pm
Wednesday 2 December 2020 Thrusday 5 November until 5pm

To download the enrolment form, please click here
Once filled, please send the form to

Please note that 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…)


The TCF evaluates your level of French, so if you want to give yourself every chance to succeed, you can enrol in a French course at the Alliance Française de Sydney. Click here to see the courses.

You can also prepare yourself for the listening comprehension examination with two 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

Help in preparing for the listening comprehension examination of the TCF, levels 5 and 6, on: 
- The RFI (Radio France International) website
- The Éditions Didier website
- TV5 Monde


The TCF is valid for 2 years from the date of taking the test.
You may take the TCF as many times as you wish as long as there is a gap of 60 days between examination sessions.
No refund or deferment is possible after the deadlines.
Results are sent to the test centre within 20 working days of receipt of the examination papers by FEI. After this, 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 envelop with your name and address on it.


Enrolment can be made in person or by visiting the Alliance Française de Sydney website or over the phone. However, enrolment will not be confirmed until the full application fee (please consult website for the most up-to-date costs) and signed forms have been received by the front desk staff. Please be advised that cancellations and deferrals prior to the registration deadline must be made in writing. No refund, credit note, deferral or transfer will be granted after the registration  deadline.

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