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TEF (Test for Studies & Internship in a francophone country + ORAL Evaluation)


Purpose: Personal goals or self-evaluation

Officially recognized since 2004 by the French Minister for National Education, Higher Education and Research in the context of a first registration for university undergraduate studies, the TEF for Studying in France assesses your ability to speak and write French.

The TEF for Studying in France is mandatory for any foreign student who is a candidate for a first registration in the first year of an undergraduate degree in a French university (Article D. 612-12 of the Education Code).

Candidates must pass both the written and oral sections of the TEF and obtain 315 points in the written expression section to be admitted to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The registrant must be at least 16 years of age to take this test.

Test components:

The TEF for Studying in France consists of four sections that must be taken together during one exam session:

  • Oral comprehension: 40 minutes – 60 questions, MCQ, on computer.
  • Written comprehension: 60 minutes – 50 questions, MCQ, on computer.
  • Written expression: 60 minutes – 2 topics, on computer.
  • Vocabulary and structure: 30 minutes – 40 questions, on computer.
  • Oral expression: 15 minutes – 2 topics, face to face with an examiner.

Total test duration: 3 hr. 25 minutes.

Recommended preparation:

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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.

Cancellation or absence from the test session

In case of an unjustified/undocumented absence, fees are non-refundable.

All candidates must enter their ID number on the exam registration page. All candidates will be required to display this ID on the day of the test.

Cancellation, Absence, Refunds

In case the candidate decides to cancel his/her registration before the day of the TEF or DPF test session or absence on the day of the TEF or DFP test session, the candidate must provide justification and approved documentation for her/his absence. Relevant medical or professional documentation must be submitted to the IFSPEC Center who will forward it to the CCI Paris Ile-de-France. Only “force majeure” events (illness, professional reasons, death and bereavement or other valid circumstances) will be taken into account.

The IFSPEC and the CCI Paris Ile-de-France will review requests on a case by case basis, and upon approval of the board, may agree to the candidate’s registration at another date without any additional costs. In such case, the candidate will be informed in due time.

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.

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