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E-TCF TP on Computer Authorised Exam Center
The TCF is a French language test designed by the French Ministry of Education. TP stands for “Tout Public” (open to everyone). The number of candidates for each session is limited to 15.
Please download the TCF TP Registration Form to register.
Please note: Due to the coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) and in accordance with the latest measures announced by the French government, we are forced to cancel the session of March 27, 2020 which will be postponed to a later date. We will inform you of the new date as soon as we have received instructions from France Education International. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
What is the TCF?
The TCF assesses a person’s level in everyday French. It is open to every non native French-speaker wishing (for professional, personal or academic reasons) to assess their French language competencies in a simple, quick and efficient way.
- Personal reasons: this test assesses the candidate's knowledge of French (oral and written comprehension or expression), with a view to improving these skills in the future; it is in some way a snapshot of the level of French at the moment the candidate takes the test.
- Professional reasons: it provides employer whit objective information about the candidate’s level in French, for a recruitment or a promotion.
- Academic reasons: it provides a reliable evaluation of the language skills (according to international standarts) taken into account for admission into a higher education institution (university, college, art school, architecture school, business school, etc.)
Three compulsory and two optional examinations:
|Three compulsory exams (76 items, 1h25)||Two optional exams (1h12)|
|Proficiency in language structures|
- Oral comprehension
- Proficiency in language structure
- Written comprehension
- Oral expression
- Written expression
The three compulsory examinations (76 questions*)
*The computerised version of the test comprises 91 questions. The 15 additional questions of the computerised test will not be taken into account for the calculation of the final score. They enable the CIEP to asses the validity of the questions. The duration of the computerised test is essentially the same as that of the paper test (ten additional minutes).
Questions are multiple choice, comprising 76 questions in total. Only one out of the four answers for each question is correct. Questions are presented in an order of increasing difficulty, ranging from an A1 level to a C2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).
Oral comprehension (29 questions, 25 minutes)
The questions are meant to evaluate your ability to understand spoken French, in particular:
current words and expressions in daily communication (dialogues, interviews, discussions, telephone conversations, etc.);
the essential information in messages and public announcements;
information on people, facts or events on the radio or in television programmes, related to the news or to personal, professional or educational subjects;
reports on tangible or abstract topics;
all kinds of dialogues delivered in a standard flow.
The recordings, and extracts from Radio France Internationale (RFI) station in particular, are representative of oral communication such as you may hear in France or in a francophone country.
Language structure proficiency: grammar and vocabulary (18 questions, 15 minutes)
- The questions assess your ability to identify and select the correct wording in syntactic and lexical structures.
- The questions are always associated with communication situations in a French or in a francophone context.
Written comprehension (29 questions, 45 minutes)
The questions test your ability to understand:
very simple familiar nouns, words and sentences used in a daily communication situation (friendly or administrative messages and letters);
information contained in common documents (classified ads, handouts, brochures, menus and timetables, etc.);
information on people, facts or events (personal letters);
texts in common language that is relevant to daily life or work;
articles and reports in which the authors take a stand on tangible or abstract subjects;
long and complex factual or literary texts, academic articles;
abstract or complex excerpts from academic articles or literary documents.
These documents are representative of those you may read in France or in a francophone country.
Tips and advice to pass this examination:
- be there 30 to 45 minutes before the test begins,
- don't forget to bring an identitification document and a black pen,
- listen carefully to the exam supervisor's instructions,
- listen carefully to the recording and questions as you will hear them just once,
- read the instructions carefully,
- read the questions carefully and use the available time to think about your answers. Don't just write anything down,
- if you hesitate too long, move on to the next question,
- write your answer on the answer sheet. Never write on the booklet.
The two optional examinations
Oral expression (interview lasting a maximum of 12 minutes)
The speaking examination is taken individually and is a one-to-one interview with an examiner.
- This examination is taken individually and is a one-to-one interview with an examiner.
- It comprise 3 tasks, including one with a preparation time.
- These 3 tasks evaluate the candidate according to the six levels on the scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (from level A1 to level C2).
The interview is recorded and assessed by the examiner, then sent to the CIEP for a second evalutation.
Description of the tasks:
Task 1: Interview without preparation.
Duration: 2 minutes.
Objective of the task: Candidates demonstrate that they can have an exchange with a person that they do not know (the examiner).
Task 2: Prepared interactive exercise.
Duration: 5 minutes 30 seconds (of which 2 minutes are given for preparation. The candidate is allowed to take short notes).
Objective of the task: Candidates demonstrate their ability to obtain information in a modern daily life situation. The roles of the examiner and of the candidate are specified in the instructions.
Task 3: Expressing a point of view without preparation.
Duration: 4 minutes 30 seconds.
Objective of the task: Candidates demonstrate their ability to speak in a spontaneous, continuous and convincing manner by answering a question asked by the examiner.
Candidates are evaluated on the basis of their ability to:
- talk about themselves, their personal environment, their job and family;
- ask questions in relation to the given communication situation;
- give their opinion and explain the advantages and disadvantages of a project, argue against or in favour of it;
- present a clear and structured argument in an appropriate style, in relation to the context;
- present complex subjects in a detailed and structured manner, develop and conclude on them.
Written expression (60 minutes)
This examination comprises three tasks presented in an increasing order of difficulty.
Description of the tasks:
Task 1: Writing a message addressed to one or several recipients whose role(s) was/were specified in the instructions to describe, recount and/or explain fact.
Number of words expected: 60 words minimum/120 words maximum.
Task 2: Writing an article, a letter, a note, etc. intended for several recipients to report on an experience or to tell a story. Reports and accounts shall be accompanied by commentaries, opinions or arguments, depending on the objective (e.g. to claim, to reconcile, etc.)
Number of words expected: 120 words minimum/150 words maximum.
Task 3: Writing a text (for a newspaper, a website, to a colleague or manager, etc.) that compares two points of view on a social reality described in two short and simple documents of approximately 90 words each. The candidate takes a stand on the topic highlighted in the two documents.
Number of words expected: 120 words minimum/180 words maximum. i.e. between 40 and 60 words for the 1st part of the task and between 80 and 120 words for the 2nd part of the task.
Candidates are evaluated on the basis of their ability to:
- communicate a message clearly;
- provide the requested information;
- describe, recount and explain;
- justify a choice, an opinion, a decision, etc.
- connect ideas and remain coherent;
- compare two points of view;
- express their opinion and argue in favour of it;
- use vocabulary and language structures adapted to the relevant task;
- summarise and reword.
From 1 March, all the candidates taking to have chosen the optional oral expression test will have to provide a photo ID. They shall attach it to the registration form or send it to us by e-mail. The photo must be in a JPG, BMP or PNG format and the resolution must be at least 300 pixels per inch, for a minimum dimension of 248 X 349 pixels and a maximum size of 4 MB.
Official France Education International website: http://www.ciep.fr/en/tcf-tout-public