TEF – General presentation

Welcome on our new page, dedicated to the TEF and its different versions. You will find all the information to know what this test is, and eventually, to register.

Created in 1998 by the French language Centre of the Chamber of Business and Industry of Paris Ile de France (CCIP), the TEF is an international exam that measures your level of knowledge and skills in French. Almost 40.000 candidates pass this test every year, in around 150 countries. This test is approved by:

  • Citizenship and Immigration Ministry of Canada (TEF Canada)
  • Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness Ministry Quebec (TEFAQ)
  • French Ministry of National Education (TEF TP)
  • French Ministry of the Interior (TEF Naturalisation)

To all candidates: we warmly advise you to read carefully all the information we brought you on this page, before heading to the CFO. Many of you look after those information; despise our efforts, we are not numerous enough to answer to all of your questions. This page was created according to this purpose.

Let us wish you a useful reading!

TEF, what is it?

The TEF exam takes a picture of your level in each of the evaluated skills, on the very day of the exam. There are different versions of the TEF (General Training, Higher Education in France, French nationality, Immigration purposes towards Canada, or Quebec). Each of them have their own specificities.

What TEF should I register for?

TEF TEF naturalisation TEF Canada TEFAQ

(TEF Québec)



General purposes

Citizenship application Immigration application to Canada or Quebec Immigration application to Quebec only
Compulsory sections
Listening / Reading / Grammar / Writing Listening / Speaking Listening / Reading / Writing / Speaking Listening / Speaking  Optional parts  Reading / Writing

How is it organized?

Reading Writing Grammar Listening Speaking
50 questions 2 subjects required 40 questions 60 questions 2 subjects required
Understand written documents (overall or detailed understanding) Write the sequel of an anecdote; express and justify your point of view about a general topic. Use vocabulary and grammar structures in a correct and adequate manner. Understand spoken French from different French-speaking areas (overall or detailed understanding) Obtain information about a service; argue to convince someone to do something.
Posters, signs, boards, mail, press articles The beginning of a press article, of an argumentative statement. Gapped sentences and press articles. Messages left on a voicemail service, public announcements, street interviews, radio excerpts … Advertisements, little ads, prospectus

How is my level evaluated?

The CEFR and the CLB

After your Speaking exam, you will be evaluated on a scale of six levels. They go from A1 (elementary abilities in the target language) to C2 (full mastery). This scale refers to the six levels of the CEFRL (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, in French: CECRL) of the Council of Europe. Here is a summed up version for each of these levels.

If your project is to migrate to Canada or Quebec, bridges exist between this scale and the CLB (Canadian Language Benchmarks), and the Canadian authorities will consider the CLB result.

What is my Speaking level?

Here are a few characteristics, proper to each of the CLB levels, combined to the CEFRL’s. In order to have a rough idea of your level, here is a document we created for you. We suggest that you think about each of those situations, sound out at them and try to evaluate your ease of language. This will give you a first idea of your level.

How are the evaluators selected?

They are chosen locally regarding their knowledge of French as a Foreign Language (FLE, Français Langue Etrangère), their teaching and evaluating skills, and their mastery of the CERFL.  Then, they receive a specific training to be empowered to evaluate TEF candidates, before being certified by the CCIP.

Our main idea is that the content of your speech itself is not judged. We hear at your ability to ask questions about a specific service, and to convince someone to take part to something. Again, your ease of language will be highly appreciated in the assessment.

Accommodation for our candidates with special needs.

The CCIP proposes different exam arrangements in order to make it accessible to candidates with disabilities. In order to pass a TEF exam in these conditions, the candidate shall ask his physician to establish a medical certificate, which would explain the nature of the disability and bear recommendations about the needed arrangements, in the light of the possible adaptations.  The specific needs taken in consideration by the CCIP are the following: hearing impairment, motor disability preventing the candidate to fill in the answer sheet or to manipulate a computer’s mouse, dyslexia, and other cases being treated ad hoc.

Registration, dates and fees

Documents for registration

You can register at our reception desk or remotely (tef@cfoman.org), with the following documents (per person):

  • The registration form, duly completed and signed 
  • A copy of your passport (ID page)
  • The amount of your registration
    • Cash for the candidates who register at our reception desk.
    • A document proving your bank transfer, if you register remotely. Western Union transfers can take a lot of time before they appear effective on our side, it is preferable that you do this transaction through your regular bank.
  • It will be asked that you sign at the back of your registration form. Your signature is scanned and sent to the CCIP; it is then affixed to your result certificate. You’re registering remotely? Please fill in this document.
  • Your picture will be taken on the day of the exam, and affixed on your result certificate.
  • Your signature down your registration form equals acceptance of the conditions of registration and examination, edited by the CCIP. Consult them here (French only). 
  • We can send your result certificate through OmanPost, with the possibility to track your shipment on the Internet. Fill in the following document. (12 OMR fees apply). 

Be aware: if one the mentioned documents is missing on the day of the exam, the CFO will not let you access to the exam room. No repayment shall be granted.

Fees (2018)

 For a definition of each of these TEF versions, consult the following section: “What TEF should I register for?”

TEF TP TEF naturalisation TEF Canada TEFAQ

(TEF Québec)

125 OMR 75 OMR : compulsory sections (Listening / Speaking)

75 OMR : optionnal sections (Reading / Writting)

150 OMR 75 OMR

Be aware: if one the mentioned documents is missing on the day of the exam, the CFO will not let you access to the exam room. No repayment shall be granted.

Before, during and after D-Day!

Where can I train before D-Day?

If you have registered, you will receive the Candidate Handbook as well as some links helpful to train for the very B2 level. It is imperative that you read this Handbook entirely as it holds a lot of advice for the exam. (French Only)

Our media library also has a few books to borrow or to consult on the spot, to know more about the structure of the exam. You could also register for one of our classes or workshops if you prepare your project well in advance.

D-Day : What do I need to take with me?

  • A pen or a black felt tip pen
  • My ID
  • My convocation
  • The missing documents to my registration (see section above “Documents for registration”)
  • A watch (because yes, phones need to be turned off, no silent mode authorized)

D-Day : What should I NOT take with me?

  • A white corrector. Scrap paper is provided.
  • Your phone that will have to be turned off and in your bag.
  • Personnal preparation papers.

I am supposed to pass the TEF, but I cannot make it. What happens?

First, you shall certainly not drive faster. If you cannot make it on (exact) time, the CFO cannot let you access the exam room, according to the CCIP conditions.

If you encounter a great impediment (illness, unannounced professional reasons, death of a parent), the candidate shall present a documentary proof to the CFO (medical certificate, employer certificate). You need to transmit it to the CCIP as soon as possible to grow your chances to register for another day. The possibility to register for a later date does not depend on the CFO, but on the CCIP that will examine your case.

Registering again : I want to pass the TEF again, is that possible?

Yes, it is! However, a waiting period of two months has to be observed. Otherwise, the CCIP will not be able to accept you as a candidate. No request of repayment shall be accepted for the annulment of a registration if this period of time is not respected (Read Conditions of Registration and Examination of the CCIP).

Registering again : do I have to pass all sections again, or can I choose?

Both Canadian and French immigration bodies require that you provide one and only one certificate reference number. This is the reason why you have to pass all sections again.

Frequently Asked Questions

I live far away from Muscat, or abroad. How can I pick up my certificate?

We can send over to you through OmanPost services. You will be able to follow its conveyance on the Internet with the tracking number we will provide you. To that end, you shall fill in the following form: Envoi attestation a distance (130.84 Ko), and send it back to us (tef@cfoman.org). You can subscribe to that service anytime, at our reception desk or remotely, all details are within the form.

If a relative of yours lives in Muscat, he can totally pick up your certificate, presenting the following document: procuration (that you need to fill in beforehand), with a copy of his own ID.

Please consider that no results are given through the phone or by email, for confidentiality reasons.

I passed a TEFAQ or a TEF Nat, and I didn’t receive a paper version of my certificate. Is that normal?

Yes. Since November 1st, 2016, certificates for these two exams are sent by email.

I lost my certificate. Can I ask for a duplicate?

Yes, but only once, and it is a chargeable service It can only be asked to the CCIP, on that page.

I have a TEF Canada and I want to migrate towards Quebec. Is my TEF Canada accepted in this situation?

Yes, it will, because you will have passed the four compulsory sections.

I have a TEFaQ certificate and I want to migrate towards Canada. Can it work?

No, you must pass the TEF Canada exams.

What information appear on my certificate?

  • TEF Canada and TEFaQ

Your certificate includes the number of points you received for each of the tested skills. Next to this number appears your European level (A1 -> C2). However, the Canadian immigration body has a sharper scale with 12 levels (from 1 to 12), and they use this system to evaluate your immigration file. To know about the equivalences between the Canadian and the French system, click on the following link and refer to the tabs with the number of points you obtained Correspondances nclc cecr (136.13 Ko)

  • All certificates

For each evaluated skill, you will receive a number of points, out of a maximum. This number of points equals a CERF level that is also stated on your certificate. To understand these levels, refer to our section “The CEFR and the CLB”. Your name, date of birth, picture and signature make this official document personal.

I need to miss work to be able to pass a TEF exam. How can I do?

We can provide you a certificate stating that you will be setting for your exam on a particular day and hours.

I don’t live in Oman, and I need a TEF asap. Is my certificate going to be valid if I passed it in another country than the one I reside in?

Absolutely! There is no obligation stating that you must pass your exam in the country you live in.

When am I going to receive my results?

This is one of the big question you ask us, and an important information you need to be able to organize your project accordingly. The official waiting time is between 6 and 8 weeks. It can take less, it can take more. Except the Speaking skill which is evaluated here (and possibly evaluated a second time in Paris), all the other sections are sent to France and corrected there. We basically cannot give you a formal answer about this matter, because it depends on the time of the year, and the number of sessions in other countries too!

You haven’t found an information you need, we invite you to contact us, or visit the  CCIP page

We try to keep these information up to date as often as possible. 

Last update- June 2017