TCF Canada Test

TCF Canada test is to check the French language proficiency to meet the standards of immigrants or refugees’ standards to obtain Canadian citizenship. It is also termed as Test de Connaissance du Français. The TCF test (for France) and TCF Canada test (for Canada) are different. Each test’s progress increases the level of difficulty as it corresponds to the benchmarks specified by the European Framework for Language Learning, Teaching, and Evaluation, including the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB).

Types of TCF

  1. TCF – for academic, personal, or professional reasons
  2. TCF – to settle in France with French nationality
  3. TCF Canada – to become a Canadian PR (this article is about TCF Canada test)
  4. TCF DAP – to obtain license 1 for first-year undergraduates to study in France
  5. TCF for Quebec – to become a Permanent Resident in Québec province in Canada.

Eligibility Criteria

There’s no prior qualification or other test required for the TCF Canada Exam. Also, the candidate should have completed 16 years of age.

Canadian Money (French)

Registration and fee structure

A candidate needs to contact the TCF Canada Test Centre for details regarding the test session dates, test venue, and details regarding the registration procedures and fees. The registration fee is $380 for TCF Canada, and $75 is charged as a non-refundable fee if the candidate reschedules or cancels the test before the deadline.

Preparation Tips

Prepare systematically by searching for sample exams, downloading the language app, reading books, and watching movies in the French language.

Structure of TCF Canada Test

There are four mandatory parts for the TCT: listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking, and writing.

TCF Canada Test mandatory parts

1. Listening Test

  • Duration: 35 Minutes
  • Question count: 39
  • Question type: MCQ

2. Speaking test 

  • Duration: 12 minutes
  • Number of tasks: 3

Speaking Task 1:

  • Time duration: 2 minutes
  • Preparation Time: Nil
  • Rated on: the ability to exchange the French language with a stranger spontaneously

Speaking Task 2:

  • Time duration: 5 and 1/2 minutes
  • Preparation Time: 2 minutes
  • Assessed on: the ability to obtain information in a daily life situation

Speaking Task 3:

  • Time duration: 4 and 1/2 minutes
  • Demonstration on: the ability to speak fluently, spontaneously, and in a convincing manner

3. Reading test 

  • Duration60 minutes
  • Question count :39
  • Question type: MCQ

4. Writing test 

  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Number of tasks: 3

Writing Task 1: 

Story, description, or explanation written in about 60 to 120 words

Writing Task 2: 

Writing a letter, an article, or a note in the form of an experience report or story for about 120 to 150 words.

Writing Task 3: 

Writing two small comparative texts for about a maximum of 90 words, explaining two viewpoints related to a social fact.

Points to Note:

  • The listening and reading comprehension have multiple-choice questions with only one possible correct answer.
  • The speaking and writing tasks are organized in a way to increase the level of difficulty progressively.
  • An applicant can appear for TCF Canada for immigration purpose multiple times, but there should be a minimum gap of 30 days between two sessions. 
  • The official certificate of results is obtainable within 4-8 weeks after the test, and the scores are displayed for each module. 

Test Results

TCF Score Vs CLB

TCF Score Vs CEFR Levels

CLB levelTCF
CLB stands for Canadian Language Benchmarks
CEFR LevelLevel TypeTCF Canada Score
A1Elementary100 to 199
A2Elementary200 to 299
B1Intermediate300 to 399
B2Intermediate400 to 499
C1Advanced500 to 599
C2Advanced600 to 699

Generally, a candidate can score a total of 699 possible points for the reading and listening section and 20 possible points for writing and speaking. Later the test scores are converted according to the CLB rankings to check the proficiency level. The more you score, there are more possibilities for a more assertive profile with higher immigration or citizenship chances.

For more details, refer to TCF Canada Exam Manual (available in French only).


  1. Where are the TCF Canada exam centres in India?

    There are 5 TCF exam centres in India. Alliance française of Bangalore, Bhopal, Kolkatta, Chandigarh, and New Delhi