Test d'évaluation de français (TEF)

La Cité universitaire francophone at the University of Regina offers three versions of the Test d'évaluation de français (TEF), a French assessment examination organized by the French Language Centre of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris Île-de-France: the TEF CanadaTEFAQ  and TEF for studies in France

No diploma is required to take the TEF. The test is intended for anyone over the age of 16 who wishes to have his or her French-language skills evaluated. 

The TEF assesses the candidate’s current knowledge and skill level in general French and places the candidate on a 7-level scale indexed to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB). 

The TEF consists of written and oral comprehension and expression tests. For the comprehension tests, La Cité universitaire francophone offers the electronic “e-TEF” version, which must be taken on site at La Cité. 

For further information on the TEF, see the CCIP website, and download the TEF Canada, TEFAQ or TFE for studies in France  candidate’s handbook. We also encourage candidates to consult the CCIP’s TEF preparation website. 


Upcoming TEF sessions (TEF Canada, TEFAQ and TEF)

Exam sessions take place during the day, one Friday per month, at La Cité universitaire francophone at the University of Regina (Language Institute Building, LI 146, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK  S4S 0A2) beginning at 8:30 a.m 


2018 Dates

  • January 20
  • February 9
  • March 24
  • April 20
  • May 26
  • June 16
  • July 21
  • September 15
  • October 20 
  • November 17
  • December 8

2019 Dates

  • January 19
  • February 9


Please register for the desired exam session at least 10 days before before the test date by completing the registration form and sending it to La Cité at the University of Regina at cite@uregina.ca.

Download the registration form

We recommend registering as early as possible, because the number of candidates per session is limited. Forms received after a registration deadline will be retained for a future exam session.  


Description of exams

TEF Canada

The TEF Canada is a general French test intended to assess the French-language knowledge and skill level of Francophones and individuals whose first language is not French.

The TEF Canada is recognized as proof of language ability by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for the purposes of permanent residence and Canadian citizenship applications.  

The TEF Canada consists of four tests:

  1. Written comprehension (classroom test on a computer)
  2. Oral comprehension (classroom test on a computer)
  3. Written expression (classroom test on paper)
  4. Oral expression (individual test before a two-examiner jury)


As opposed to the TEF Canada, the TEFAQ  is intended for candidates for immigration to the province of Quebec.  It is the version of the TEF recognized by Quebec’s Department of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion as part of an official immigration application. 

 The TEFAQ consists of four tests:

  1. Written comprehension (classroom test on a computer)
  2. Oral comprehension (classroom test on a computer)
  3. Written expression (classroom test on paper)
  4. Oral expression (individual test before a two-examiner jury)


TEF for studies in France

The TEF for studies in France is required for non-French students who wish to pursue studies in France and enrol for the first time to a French university (bachelor level).

The principal difference with the general TEF is that it includes an additional test - Vocabulary/Structure -  which is completed by computer just like the Written and Oral Expression tests.

  1. Written comprehension (classroom test on a computer)
  2. Oral comprehension (classroom test on a computer)
  3. Written expression (classroom test on paper)
  4. Vocabulary/structure (classroom test on a computer)


Separate tests 

For various reasons, candidates may choose may choose the tests they wish to take, according to their needs, without having to do all the tests. 

For more details on scorecards and duration of the tests, please refer to the CIC Paris Île-de-France website.




To register for one of the three tests, download the registration form. After completing it, you must send it to La Cité by fax, e-mail or post: 

Test d'évaluation de français (TEF)
La Cité universitaire francophone (LI 217)
University of Regina
3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
S4S 0A2

Fax.: 306.585.5181

> Your photo will be taken on the morning of the day of the test session. This is a requirement as part of the test process under the rules established by CIC. 

> Once your registration form and payment have been received, you will receive a registration acknowledgment by e-mail, as well as a candidate’s handbook. We will also send out your official examination notice a few days before the test. 


Fees & Payment Methods




Written comprehension:     $115,50
Oral comprehension    $94,50
Vocabulary/Structure    $84
Written expression    $115,50
Oral expression    $136,50
Multiple-choice questionnaire tests (Written comprehension  + oral comprehension +  vocabulary/structure)         $294
TEF Canada or TEFAQ    $462
TEF Studies in France    $546
Duplicata of certificate    $15

* The applicable goods and services tax (GST) are included to the examination fees. 


Payment Methods

Exam fees must be paid at the same time as registration. Registration will not be considered complete until the payment has been made.  

The fees can be paid by any of the following options: 

  1. Online payment
  2. Cash at La Cité reception desk (LI-217) during office hours
  3. Debit card or credit card* at La Cité reception desk (LI-217) during office hours
  4. By cheque* (to be left at La Cité reception desk during office hours or sent by regular mail**)

* Visa, Mastercard, credit card, debit card, certified cheques and personal cheques accepted.

** Postal address : La Cité universitaire francophone, LI 217, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, Saskatchewan,, Canada, S4S 0A2




Following the TEF, a detailed, personalized certificate will be issued. You will receive your certificate 5-7 weeks after the examination. If you are unable to pick it up in person at the front desk of La Cité at the University of Regina, it will be sent to you by regular mail. You may also ask another person to collect your certificate for you, in which case the person must bring a letter of permission (proxy), written and signed by you, a copy of an I.D. document belonging to you (e.g., passport or driver’s licence), as well as a piece of photo I.D. belonging to the designated person. 

You may retake one or more TEF tests if you are not satisfied with your previous results. However, you must wait two months before registering for another session. 


General conditions

  • Full payment is required at the time of registration; 
  • A non-refundable fee of $50 will be retained in the event the candidate withdraws or changes sessions before the registration deadline; 
  • No refunds will be given or session changes accepted after the registration deadline except for a serious substantiated reason (medical certificate etc.) or in the event of cancellation by La Cité universitaire francophone at the University of Regina, in which case another examination date will be offered or a full refund made; 
  • It is the sole responsibility of the candidate to register for the examination most appropriate to him or her. La Cité at the University of Regina and its employees cannot be held responsible for the choice made by the candidate.



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