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TEF for Naturalization


Purpose: French citizenship

The TEF for naturalization is recognized by the French Interior Ministry and is indispensable for anyone applying for naturalization as a French citizen. The registrant must be at least 16 years old to take this test.

The test measures the level of oral comprehension and expression in French.

Please note that this test does not apply to immigration applications to Quebec or Canada.

Test components:

The TEF for naturalization consists of two sections that must be taken together during the one exam session:

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

Total test duration: 55 minutes.

Test results will be sent electronically.

Recommended preparation:

Platform PrepMyFuture:

Sample exams, books, audio files:

Registration details:

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

If you think your situation calls for specific arrangements, 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.

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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