Stralang Institute | An Approved TCF ANF Exam Centre in Strasbourg

Please note: The number of candidates for each E-TCF ANF session is limited to 15. The maximum limit has been reached for the sessions taking place in 2018. Please register for the next session taking place on January 4th, 2019.

The TCF ANF is a two-day examination at Stralang Institute; the first part (oral comprehension) will take place on January 4th, 2018 at 06.30 pm and the second part (oral expression) will take place either on Monday 7th or Tuesday 8th October 2019 from 2.00 to 4.00 pm. 

Please download the  E-TCF ANF Registration Form to register.

TCF for French nationality (ANF)

Since 1 January 2012, Stralang Institute is an Authorised Exam Centre for the TCF ANF examination. Applicants to the French citizenship will need to prove their mastery of oral French at a B1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).

For Whom? Applicants to the French nationality through marriage or naturalisation.

Offered since January 2012, the TCF for French nationality (TCF ANF) was specially designed to comply with the new rules introduced by the French Ministry of the Interior (decree 2011-1265 of 11 October 2011) set at a B1 oral level (oral comprehension and expression examinations) which is the required level of French for applicants to the French nationality.

As an exception, applicants who passed the TCF TP completed with an oral expression examination or the TCF for Quebec (with and oral expression and a comprehension examination) at a B1 level are exempt from taking the test by the French authorities.

DELF B1, B2 or DALF C1, C2 qualification certificates holders are also exempt from taking the test. You are also exempt from taking the TCF ANF if you already hold a valid general TCF certification completed with the optional speaking examination, subject to having obtained at least a B1 level in both oral examinations - listening and speaking.

What are the TCF ANF test conditions?

The “TCF for French nationality” comprises two compulsory examinations:

  • Listening comprehension (29 questions).
    This examination lasts: 30 minutes.
    Test conditions: shared examination room.
  • Speaking expression (3 tasks).
    This examination lasts: 12 minutes.
    Test conditions: individual interview with an examiner. The date and location will be transmitted to you after the oral comprehension examination. The date and time will be decided on the week following the first examination, depending on the number of candidates and on the examiner’s availability.

Since 1 January 2012, applicants to the French citizencship must prove that master the oral French language at a B1 level (i.e. in activities such as “listening”, “spoken interaction”, “spoken production”) as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).

For the TCF, a B1 level is achieved when the candidate obtains both:

  • a score of at least 300 points for the listening examination;
  • a score of at least 6/20 for the speaking examination.

Your “TCF for French nationality” certification is only valid for an application to the French citizenship by marriage or naturalisation. You cannot use it to apply, for example, to a French university, or to build an immigration application for Quebec.

You can apply to the “TCF for French nationality” as many times as you wish.

You must, however, wait one month between each TCF examination, regardless the type of application (TCFP TP or TCF ANF).

For instance: if you take the TCF ANF (or any other TCF examination) on 20 January, you will not be allowed to register to the same test before 20 February of the same year.

N.B. If you fail, you can contact the Préfecture, which is the only authorised public authority to offer an individual interview with a Préfecture agent to check your language level without having to retake the test [decree no. 2013-794 of 30 August 2013].

When will I get my certificate and where can I collect it from?

Your results are sent to the test centre within 20 days (excluding weekends and public holidays) after the paper tests are received by the CIEP. You must collect your certificate directly from the centre where you took the “TCF for French nationality” examinations.

How long is my “TCF for French nationality” certification valid?

Your certification is valid for two years.

For example, if you took the “TCF for French nationality” examinations on 18 June 2015, your certification would be valid until 17 June 2017. Past this date, your certification will no longer be valid.

Could I be exempt from taking the “TCF for French nationality”?

You are exempt from taking the “TCF for French nationality” if you already hold:

  • a diploma for a level of French equal to or higher than the Vbis level of the diplomas' nomenclature, i.e. the French certificate of general education, the CAP or BEP;
  • the DELF B1, DELF B2 or DALF (C1 or C2);
  • a valid general TCF certification completed with a speaking examination (subject to having obtained at least a B1 level in both listening and speaking examinations);
  • a valid general TCF for Quebec (subject to having obtained at least a B1 level in listening and speaking).

There are other possible cases: if you are 60 years or older, if you cannot read/write, if you are disabled or if you have studied in French and/or passed a diploma in a francophone country, you can contact the Préfecture before applying to the TCF ANF in order to check your eligibility for an individual interview by a Préfecture agent [decree no. 2013-794 of 30 August 2013].

How much is it?

The rates are (for the two compulsory tests) €140 by bank transfer, check or cash at the Institute.

Please note:  Your registration will be considered complete only after reception of your payment received before the registration deadline.

 

CIEP official website : http://www.ciep.fr/en/tcf-anf
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