The TCF ! what is it?
A recognized test
TCF (French language knowledge test) is the French National Education and Higher Education and Research Ministries test. It assesses the competence in general usage French of persons above the age of 16 who do not have French as mother tongue, and is made of multiple choice questions, each question having only one correct answer.
TCF’s flexibility and straightforwardness make it a useful tool to meet the requirements of all those needing to have their level of competence in French tested for personal of professional reasons.
The different versions
There are now four versions of TCF:
is designed for those who wish to have their knowledge and competence in French assessed reliably, simply and quickly, for academic (students, future students, trainees, etc.), professional (employees or future employees) or personal reasons.
TCF provides an evaluation of understanding both spoken and written French as well as the ability to use the language structure. Two optional tests allow for an evaluation of the candidate’s speaking and writing abilities.
TCF for Quebec
assesses both spoken language understanding and speaking ability. This is a French language level assessment developed to the specifications of the Ministry for Immigration and Cultural communities for immigration applications to Quebec.
Those who wish to apply for immigration either in Québec or at a General Delegation for Quebec can prove their knowledge of French by including a “TCF for Quebec” certificate with their application file.
TCF DAP Preliminary acceptance application
assesses understanding of spoken and written French, ability to use language structures, as well as a compulsory composition test for all foreign students wishing to apply for preliminary acceptance at undergraduate level at French universities.
TCF for French nationality application
is designed solely for those who wish to acquire French nationality either by decree or marriage and need to prove competence in French equal to spoken B1 level.
The official certificate is to be included with the French nationality application file if you have reached level B1 for each of the 2 tests (Speaking and spoken French understanding).
An official certificate valid for 2 years
Results achieved at TCF, TCF for Quebec and TCF DAP are given in an official certificate valid for 2 years.
A calibrated and standardized assessment
TCF is based on an extremely rigorous scientific methodology: this is a calibrated and standardized assessment. Throughout all sessions, and whatever the test version, results remain comparable and allow for a reliable positioning of candidates on a six tier competence scale from “elementary” (A1) to “higher advanced” (C2).
These levels correspond to those defined by the Council of Europe within the Common European Reference Framework for languages.
How to get ready for TCF?
TCF’s objective is to assess a candidate’s ability to use general knowledge French at a given time, whether in everyday life, tourism, work or studies. It does not require specific preparation, as using the language at any time is a preparation in itself, such as listening to the radio, watching television, reading the papers, or talking to someone…
Nonetheless, there are several tools available to get acquainted with this type of test.
Check the following books, available at the Alliance française Bangkok media library:
- Le guide officiel d’entraînement au TCF, éditions Didier
- Le Nouvel Entraînez-vous – 250 activités – TCF, éditions Clé international
- Test de connaissance du français, éditions Belin
You may also:
- Practice thanks to the specific TCF activities on the websites of CIEP or éditions Didier
- Practice for the spoken language understanding test on the RFI website
- Learn about the questions asked on the TV5 website
How to register for the TCF?
Alliance française Bangkok is an official center to take all versions of TCF: TCF, TCF for Quebec, TCF DAP, TCF to apply for French citizenship.
TCF results allow a reliable positioning of candidates on the Council of Europe’s six-level scale (from level A1 to C2).
Results are sent to Alliance française Bangkok three weeks after test papers are received by CIEP where they are assessed.
The official TCF results are given personally to candidates at Alliance française Bangkok. Candidates are notified by email that his/her results are available.
Registration: 15/12/2017 - 13/01/2018Attention: No TCF DAP
Registration: 23/03/2018 - 21/04/2018
Attention: No TCF DAP
Fees 2018 (in progress)
- TCF: 4650 THB, 2500 THB (written expression), 2500 THB (oral expression)
- TCF for Quebec: 2000 THB (oral comprehension), 2000 THB (written comprehension), 2400 THB (written expression), 2400 THB (oral expression)
- TCF DAP: 6300 THB
- TCF for French nationality application: 4300 THB