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TEFAQ: Test for Evaluating French for Access to Quebec


Purpose: Immigration to Canada, Canadian Citizenship

The Test for Evaluating French for Access to Quebec (TEFAQ) is a test of general French which aims to measure the candidate’s level of knowledge and ability in French.  Registrants must be at least 16 years of age to take this test.

It is the version of the TEF recognized by the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI) and is an essential part of any official immigration application.

Test components:

The TEFAQ 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.

Test results will be sent to you electronically.


TEF Québec (TEFAQ) enables applicants to obtain points according to the following scale:

Main petitioner
Maximum of 16 points
A1 to B1 B2 C1 C2
Oral comprehension 40 min. 0 points 5 points 6 points 7 points
Oral expression 15 min. 0 points 5 points 6 points 7 points
Written comprehension 1 hour 0 points 1 point
Written expression 1 hour 0 points 1 point


Spouse of main petitioner
Maximum of 6 points
A1 to B1 B2 C1 C2
Oral comprehension 40 min 0 point 2 points 3 points 3 points
Oral expression 15 min 0 point 2 points 3 points 3 points

In order to obtain a maximum number of points when you present the results in your immigration application, it is recommended that you take the oral comprehension and expression modules, and if your level of written French is advanced, that you also take both of the written sections.

Click for more information on TEFAQ (French)  (English)

Echelle québécoise des niveaux de compétences en français 

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 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.

Useful Links:

Evaluation of skill level for immigration to Quebec

TEFAQ candidate handbook

E-TEFAQ candidate handbook

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