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TCFQ – Test de connaissance du français pour le Québec


Next TCFQ on 28 October. Registration open.

Last date for registration: 25 September 2017, or if all the seats fill up, whichever is earlier.

Other dates for TCFQ exam in 2017

16 December

TCFQ 2018:

20 January

21 April

4 August

13 October (tentative date)

1st December (tentative date)

Registration closes one month prior to the date of exam.

Limited seats (70), registration on first come first served basis.

On the day of the exam, the candidates must be at the Alliance Française de Chandigarh at 7.45 am sharp, carrying an ID proof with picture and a black pen. No candidate will be accepted after that time or without original ID proof with picture. Fee will not be refunded.

IMPORTANT ! Kindly note that the TCFQ test has been modified from September, 2014. For more info, download the Manuel du candidat (in French).

The speaking part lasts 12 minutes and is composed of 3 tasks only : 
Task 1: 2 minutes. Individual interview: the examiner asks questions in relation with the candidate’s identity, hobbies, family, etc.
Task 2: 3 minutes 30 + 2 minutes of preparation. Interaction: the candidate shows his/her capacity to interact and gain information in an everyday life situation. For example : ask someone to take care of your cat during your holidays. The candidate is allowed to take brief notes during the preparation time.
Task 3: 4 minutes 30. Expression of a point of view: the candidate argues his/her opinion about a topic selected by the examiner. For example : If you were involved in a charity action, which one would you like ? Explain why.

What is the TCFQ ?

TCF is a French Language proficiency test. It is a standardized and calibrated test that ranks candidates on one of the six levels on a scale defined by the Council of Europe (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe). It does not require specific study. TCF score results are reliable measurements for determining proficiency. Developed by the CIEP, a public institution of the French Ministry of Education, the test ensures strict methodology validated by a scientific committee composed of the best French and European specialists. CIEP is already in charge of the DELF and DALF, the only official diplomas of French as a foreign language.

 The « TCF pour le Quebec », or TCF for Quebec, has been specially designed to be consistent with the standards of the Ministry of Immigration (MICC) of Quebec, and is only intended for people wishing to settle in Quebec.

Your TCF for Quebec certificate is only valid for your immigration application. You cannot use it, for example, for admission to a French university. Your certificate has a limited validity period. It is valid for 2 years.

The TCF for Quebec includes four examinations but they are not all compulsory.

  •  Compréhension orale-Listening (29 multiple-choice questions). Duration : 25 minutes. 
    A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
    0 point 0 point 0 point 5 points 6 points 7 points

    • Expression orale (3 tasks). Duration : 12 minutes. 

    A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
    0 point 0 point 0 point 5 points 6 points 7 points

    • Reading – Compréhension écrite (29 multiple-choice questions). Duration : 45 minutes. 

    A1 à B1 B2 à C2
    0 point 1 point

    • Writing – Expression écrite (3 tasks). Duration : 1 hour. 

    A1 à B1 B2 à C2
    0 point 1 point

How to prepare

To see examples of tests and practice, you can do exercices of compréhension orale (listening comprehension) on the following websites :

– TV5 Monde


– Didier FLE