French TEF: Structure of the French TEF examination

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Test d’Évaluation de Français (TEF) exam is amongst the Canadian immigration requirements. Due to this, many individuals are enrolling for the exam annually. But, the old saying states that ‘when you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.’

Preparation begins from taking classes and practicing questions, but understanding the concept of the exam will also get you accustomed to the exam pattern. In this article, you will be learning about the structure of the TEF exam. Before we get to that, here’s a brief explanation for the TEF exam.


The TEF exam?
Test d’Évaluation de Français (TEF) is a language proficiency exam established in 1998 and organized by the CCIP. It is targeted at the Non-French individuals willing to migrate into Canada. Amongst the countries with open hands to receive migrants in Canada, however, to streamline and prepare the potential residents for their new environment, they have to undergo the test.


Structure of TEF exam
If you’ve written the DELF exam, understanding the structure of the TEF exam shouldn’t be difficult. The TEF exam comes in four stages -Compréhension écrite, compréhension orale, expression écrite, and expression orale.

Compréhension écrite (reading): In this section, you will be required to read some texts in the form of questions, thereafter, provide the answers. The section lasts for an hour and you should expect 50 questions. The mark allotted to this section is 300 points.

Compréhension orale (listening): this section tests your listening skills and ability to understand and interpret the words heard. The section lasts for 40 minutes and carries 360 points for 60 questions.
Expression Écrite (writing): another skill that will be tested during the TEF exam is writing.


Understanding the intricacies of writing the French Language is very important because it helps your listening skills as well. The Expression Écrrite section has a period of one hour and you will be given two topics to write about. The total mark for this is 450 points.


Expression Orale (speaking): This section seeks to test your ability to communicate effectively in the French Language. You will have to face an interviewer, answer and ask questions on a subject matter. This is the shortest section as it lasts for 15 minutes. You have two topics as well and it carries 450 points.

Let’s wrap it Up
From the outlined structure, you see a connection between each of the sections involved. While each has a number of points allotted, failing one section can affect the overall performance. So, place much importance on all sections and watch yourself come out with excellent results.

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