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Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF)


- What is the TCF?
- Why take the TCF?
- When is the next session?
- How much does it cost?
- How do I register? Contact info?


What is the TCF?

The Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF), designed by the CIEP (Centre international d’études pédagogiques) and accredited by the French Ministry of Education, is a French language proficiency test for non-native speakers of French who wish to evaluate and have their level of proficiency certified for professional, academic or personal reasons.

In general, the TCF grades and ranks candidates at one of the six levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 or C2) on a scale defined by the Council of Europe (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). TCF grade results are reliable measurements for determining proficiency. Each candidate is awarded a certificate which is valid for two years.

The TCF is a multiple-choice test with 76 items that cover reading comprehension, command of grammatical structures and listening comprehension (duration: 1.25 hours). It also includes optional tests for written (1 hour) and oral expressions (12 minutes).

TCF Exam Overview
3 compulsory tests (76 items – 1 hr. 25 min)
• Listening Comprehension (29 items – 25 min)
• Command of lexical and grammatical structures (18 items – 15 min)
• Reading Comprehension (29 items – 45 min)

2 optional tests
• Written Expression (1 hr)
• Oral Expression (12 min)

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Why take the TCF?

Work: A TCF certificate is a proof of your language knowledge and abilities to support job applications.

Study: The TCF meets French language requirements for application to graduate studies at French universities.

Personal: Each person can obtain an evaluation of his/her speaking, writing and comprehension skills in French with a TCF test.

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When is the next session?

Exam Dates Registration Deadline
Friday, February 1, 2019 Friday, January 11, 2019
Friday, May 10, 2019 Friday, April 12, 2019
Friday, September 13, 2019 Friday, August 16, 2019

French Institute Alliance Francaise
22 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022

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How much does it cost?

  FIAF Members Non-Members
Compulsory Tests only $200 $215
Oral Expression $100 $115
Written Expression $100 $115
Compulsory Tests + Oral + Written $350 $385

Fees must be paid in full at time of registration.
Exam fees are not refundable once registered.

You may pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard & American Express) in person or over the telephone, or by check or money order (to FIAF).

Exam participation can only be transferred to the next session in case of sickness. A doctor’s note (not via email) must be mailed within the next three days of the test.

FIAF reserves the right to cancel a session if the number of candidates does not exceed 10 candidates. All registrations will be moved to the next session.

FIAF reserves the right to cancel a session for weather inclement reasons. All registrations will be moved to the next session. 

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How do I register? Contact Info?

Please complete one of the registration forms below and return it to FIAF by mail, fax or email.

 Registration Form (pdf)

All candidates must also submit a digital photo:
View photo requirements & submission info
Upload the photo online here, or email it to

Mail: Mrs. Voahangy Siraisi,
FIAF Language Center, 22 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022
Fax: 212 527 2678

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Contact Info
Voahangy Siraisi
Exam Coordinator
646 388 6691

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