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:

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 Quebec 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 Canada

is a French language proficiency test that meets the standards of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). TCF Canada results are accepted for the purposes of economic immigration or for obtaining Canadian citizenship.

 
TCF for French nationality

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 Canada 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:

You may also:

  • Practice thanks to the specific TCF activities on the websites
    of France Education International 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 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 France Education International 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.

Exam: 08/02/2020

Registration: 14/12/2019 > 12/01/2020
Attention: No TCF DAP* (Preliminary acceptance application)

Exam: 23/05/2020

Registration: 21/03/2020 > 19/04/2020
Attention: No TCF DAP* (Preliminary acceptance application) and no TCF Canada

Registration forms : TCF Tous Publics, TCF Québec, TCF for French nationality [edit 30.03.2020 : cancelled]

Exam: 01/08/2020

Registration: 06/06/2020 > 05/07/2020
Attention: No TCF DAP* (Preliminary acceptance application)

Registration forms : TCF Tous Publics, TCF Québec, TCF for French nationality, TCF Canada

Exam: 03/10/2020

Registration: 08/08/2020 > 06/09/2020
Attention: No TCF DAP* (Preliminary acceptance application)

 

Fees 2020

  • TCF: 4,900 THB, 2,700 THB (written expression), 2,700 THB (oral expression)
  • TCF for Quebec: 2,400 THB (oral comprehension), 2,400 THB (written comprehension), 2,700 THB (written expression), 2,700 THB (oral expression)
  • TCF Canada: 10,200 THB
  • TCF for French nationality: 8,900 THB

*TCF DAP only on request