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TCF exam

(Test de Connaissance du Français)

Test de connaissance du français is an exam that assesses a non-native French speaker’s French language abilities.

The TCF is used for French language immigration and citizenship requirements in places such as France, Canada or Québec, and for job applications or for personal use.

Results are valid for 2 years. 

It is a paper-based exam.

If you are interested in an exam session but do not see a suitable date available, please contact us.

It might be possible to open a session depending on the demand. 

This exam takes place
on-site at Alliance Française Cambridge and the results are available after a period of one month.

Cancellations after the final registration date will not be refunded in full or in part.  
Cancellations no later than one day 
before the registration deadline must be given in writing and are subject to a £100 cancellation fee.

Speaking exams are conducted on the same day, just after the reading, listening and writing tests.

Exam Dates Registration Deadline Price Results Bookings
25 September 2pm - 4pm
Jul 31
Oct 04
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TCF Canada
27 September 1pm - 5pm
Jul 31
Oct 30
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Directed at candidates over 16 years old wanting to apply for French nationality, a long-term residence permit or to validate A1 level as part of the OFII citizenship process.


READING 20 minutes | 20 questions

WRITING 30 minutes | 3 topics to cover

LISTENING 15 minutes | 20 questions

SPEAKING 10 minutes | 3 topics to cover


Directed at candidates wishing to assess general French language skills for those whose first language is not French.

Set by the French Ministry for National Education, Young People and Sports.


READING 45 minutes | 29 questions

WRITING 60 minutes | 3 topics to cover

LISTENING 25 minutes | 29 questions

SPEAKING 14 minutes | 3 topics to cover

GRAMMAR 15 minutes | 18 questions

TCF Canada

Directed at candidates 16 years old or over, regardless of their nationality or native tongue, needing to certify their level of French as part of the procedures for economic immigration to Canada or for obtaining Canadian citizenship.  
Therefore, the applicant must file a case with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).


READING 60 minutes | 39 questions

WRITING 60 minutes | 3 exercices

LISTENING 35 minutes | 39 questions

SPEAKING 14 minutes | 3 topics to cover

TCF Québec  

A French proficiency exam directed at candidates applying for immigrate to Quebec, to ensure that the person meets the standards of the Ministry for Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI).


READING 45 minutes | 29 questions

WRITING 60 minutes | 3 exercises

LISTENING 25 minutes | 29 questions

SPEAKING 12 minutes | 3 topics to cover

Contact our examination officer for more information:

Member and Student Reviews

For more information about the TCF diploma, visit the France Éducation International website.

You can find our article published on their website 
here to know more about our Exam Center. 

How to get ready for the exam?

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How to get there

   1 Red Cross Lane, CB2 0QU Cambridge
 Parking on-site

Do you have any questions?

Feel free to contact our Exam Team at

Jasmine Ben Lahoucine Exam Center Administrator

Virginie Friend Exam Center Coordinator

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