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The TCF is an official international reference instrument intended to measure the level in French of non-French speaking people. The validity of the notes is 2 years.

What is the TCF ?

Test de Connaissance du Français

France Langue Paris, Nice and Bordeaux are a TCF – Test de Connaissance du Français (test of your knowledge in French) exam centers, delivered by France Education International, a public establishment of the Ministery for National Education, Higher Education, Training and Scientific Research (also in charge of the DELF and DALF).

You are evaluated on a scale of 7 different levels from the level niveau 0+ (very elementary abilities) to level 6 (complete mastery).

This scale is refering to the 6 levels of skills A1 to C2 of the Common European Framework of References for Language (CEFR)

The general TCF (TCF TP)


The general TCF (Test de Connaissance du Français) is an official language test for every one wishing for personal, professional or academic reasonbe evaluated and validate their skills in French in a simple and reliable way.

The results obtained will be marked on a level certificate valid for 2 years. This certificate allows you to situate your level of French (from A1 to C2) on the skills scale defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(CEFR).

The general TCF is presented in the form of a multiple choice questionnaire comprising 76 items relating to written comprehension, mastery of language structures, oral comprehension. It also includes complementary and optional oral and written expression tests.

The TCF for French Nationality (ANF =Accès à la Nationalité Française)


It has been specifically designed to meet the new provisions introduced by the French Ministry of the Interior, Overseas Territories, Local Authorities and Immigration relating to the control of the knowledge of the French language for applicants to the acquisition of French nationality.

The certificate of the “TCF for French nationality” is only valid for an application to acquire the French nationality by marriage or by naturalization.

The TCF for French Resident Card (CRF = Carte de Résident en France)


It has been specifically designed to meet the new provisions introduced by the French Ministry of the Interior setting level A2 the level required in French for applicants to obtain the long-term resident card.

The exam is made of 4 compulsory tests:

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Registration conditions

  • Registration deadline: 4 weeks before the session
  • ID required during registration..
  • In Nice, please enclose two stamped envelopes with your last name, first name and address for sending the convocations / results.
  • You must be at least 16 years old to register for the TCF.
  • There will be no refund possible once payment has been made.
  • Complementary and optional tests of written and oral expression can only be taken if the candidate has already passed the compulsory test (for the general TCF).
  • Certificates are sent 4 weeks after the date of the test.

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Instructions to follow on the day of the exam

  • You must show yourself at the TCF session with an official photo ID (no student cards) and your invitation, otherwise you will not be able to take the test.
  • You must arrive 15 minutes before the time indicated on your invitation.
  • No delay will be tolerated.
  • You must sign an attendance sheet at the beginning of each test.
  • You must bring a black ballpoint pen for the compulsory tests.
  • During the test, you will not be able to use any book or document under penalty of being excluded (grammar, dictionary …).
  • You must hand back all the TCF documents to the supervisor. It is strictly forbidden to take them home.
  • If an oral test is organized, the time of the oral test for each candidate will be displayed on the same day of the session.

Programme available
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dates and prices
in 2021


Enrollment minimum 4 weeks before the exam.

general TCF (compulsory tests)
10/09/2021 – 08/10/2021 – 05/11/2021 – 03/12/2021

general TCF (compulsory + optional tests)
10/09/2021 – 08/10/2021 – 05/11/2021 – 03/12/2021

TCF for French nationality
17/09/2021 – 22/10/2021 – 19/11/2021 – 10/12/2021
TCF for french resident card
23/07/2021 – 24/09/2021 – 15/10/2021 – 26/11/2021
TCF for French nationality
06/05/2021 – 27/05/2021 – 10/06/2021 – 27/08/2021 – 09/09/2021 – 23/09/2021 – 07/10/2021 – 21/10/2021 – 18/11/2021 – 02/12/2021
TCF for french resident card
13/08/2021 – 04/11/2021
general TCF (compulsory tests)
TCF for French nationality
15/04/2021 – 20/05/2021 – 10/06/2021
TCF for french resident card

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