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 - 1h25 - including:
- A reading comprehension examination
- A listening comprehension examination
- A language structures examination (grammar and vocabulary)
2 optional examination:
- A written production: 1h00
- A speaking & oral interaction: 12 mins
Compulsory examination: $200
Optional examinations: $100 each
Total : $400
Compulsory examination: $200 + speaking & oral interaction : $100
Total : $300
Session 1 : 9 March 2018
Session 2 : 15 June 2018
Session 1 : 12 February 2018
Session 2 : 14 May 2018
Please note that in order for your registration to be accepted, you will need to include a 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.