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The Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF)



The Test de Connaissance du Français is used to certify your level in French (written and oral). It is organized by the CIEP (Centre International d'Etudes Pédagogiques) during the month of February.

This test is subject to a fee. Its amount for 2017 is set at 69€ and its validity is for 2 years.

The duration of the test is approximately 3 hours.

NB: The CIEP does not provide information to applicants by telephone, a website is available for all TCF-related questions.


Who should take this test?

Any applicant whose situation is not on the exemption lists below is subject to the French language test.

You are exempt from the TCF DAP if:

  • You hold a DELF B2
  • You hold a DALF C1 or C2
  • You have a French baccalaureate
  • You are a student from the bilingual French sections
  • You are a national of an officially French-speaking country (Benin, Burkina Faso, Congo, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Guinea-Conakry, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo)
  • You have successfully passed the French language evaluation test (TEF), organized by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and you obtained at least 14/20 in the written expression test. 


  • Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon and Tunisia have Arabic as their only official language. Applicants from these four countries are therefore not exempt from the DAP TCF.
  • Nationals of multilingual countries where French is the official language (Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Comoros, Djibouti, Haiti, Madagascar, Seychelles, Switzerland, Chad, Vanuatu) must, in order to be exempt from the DAP TCF, have completed all of their high school studies in a French-language institution.


What is the required level?

For students covered by the prior application for admission (DAP), the European Council has set the required level at B2.


How do I register for the TCF?

  • You wish to register for the 1st year of the bachelor's degree or PACES (Première Année Commune aux Études de Santé)

- If you live in France: for applicants from countries where French is not the official language, registration for the TCF is done through the appropriate forms in the prior admission application file (green DAP file, H file) or on the CIEP website.

- If you live abroad: we invite you to contact the cooperation and cultural action services of the French Embassy or Campus France or the TCF approved centre nearest your home.

  •  You wish to register from the 2nd year of the bachelor's degree to the 2nd year of the master's degree

Applicants’ attention is drawn to the necessity to have a very good level of French (written and oral).

The pedagogical commission that will examine your file reserves the right to check your French language level.