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TEF Canada


Purpose: Immigration to Canada, Canadian Citizenship

TEF Canada is a mandatory test for economic immigration programmes that require proof of linguistic ability at the request of Immigration and Citizenship Canada.

TEF Canada also provides indispensable proof of the holder’s French language proficiency when he/she applies for Canadian Citizenship. The registrant must be at least 16 years of age to take this test.

For more information:

Immigration et Citoyenneté Canada (French) / Immigration and Citizenship Canada (English)

Test components:

The TEF Canada consists of four sections that must be taken together during one exam session:

  • Oral comprehension: 40 minutes – 40 questions, MCQ, on computer.
  • Written comprehension: 60 minutes – 40 questions, MCQ, on computer.
  • Written expression: 60 minutes – 2 topics, on computer.
  • Oral expression: 15 minutes – 2 topics, face to face with an examiner.

Total test duration: 2 hr. 55 mins.

You will receive a certificate with your TEF Canada results with details about your score for each section. To determine the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) corresponding to your score, please refer to the CLB equivalency charts.

Click for more detail on TEF Canada (French) (English)

Data protection policy:

When you register for TEF Canada, a certain quantity of information will be collected by the exam center in accordance with Canadian laws on immigration applications.

If you obtain the required level, your data will be sent to the Canadian authorities. If you refuse to allow your data to be transmitted in this way, or if you modify or delete the data, Canadian authorities will not be able to process your immigration or citizenship application.

French for Business will store your data at the Paris Ile-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry for 10 years. Data transmitted to the Canadian authorities will be stored in accordance with Canadian law.

You have a right to access your data from the personal data protection correspondent. You can modify or delete your data by contacting (

Recommended preparation:

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Sample exams, books, audio files:


Registration details:

Contact the IFSPEC for additional test preparation material, registration periods and exam session dates.

If you think your situation calls for specific arrangements due to a recorded disability , please contact the exam center manager before registering: Fabienne Pizot-Haymore.

All registrations close eight days before the exam session. Please contact upon registration to verify your information is complete and your registration was taken into account. You must have received an official convocation email from the IFSPEC–in addition to a debit/credit card receipt.

All candidates must enter the ID number that they used on their immigration application (valid passport) on the exam registration page. All candidates will be required to display this ID on the day of the test.

Cancellations, Absences, Refunds 

In the case you must cancel your registration more than 8 days before the scheduled TEF or DFP test session, a cancellation fee will be charged in the amount of $30.00.

Any request for cancellation of your registration under 8 days before the scheduled TEF or DPF test session, and/or your absence on the day of the TEF or DFP test session, must be duly documented with your exam center. In such a case, exam/test fees are non-refundable, but the exam/test may be rescheduled at a later time. Please note that any exam/test may be rescheduled only ONE time.

All relevant medical and/or professional documentation must be submitted to the IFSPEC Exam Center who will forward it to the CCI Paris Ile-de-France. Only unforeseen conflicts (illness, professional reasons, death and bereavement or other valid circumstances) may be considered.

Exam/test fees are non-refundable for any undocumented absence from the scheduled TEF or DFP test session.

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