Test d’Évaluation de Français pour l’accès au Québec

What is TEF Québec (TEFAQ)?

The French evaluation test for access to Quebec (TEFAQ) is a general French test that aims to measure the level of knowledge and skills in French reading and listening as well as speaking and writing.

It is the version of the TEF (Test d’Evaluation de Français) recognized by the Immigration Department of Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI) of Quebec and is essential to perform an official immigration application.

Besides the compulsory oral tests, candidates may choose to be assessed on their mastery of written French with two tests of comprehension and written expression. Points earned during the optional written tests are therefore a bonus. They can increase the points already obtained by the candidates in oral.

Oral tests (compulsory):

  • Listening Comprehension 40 min – 60 questions
  • Oral Expression 15 min – 2 topics

Written tests (optional):

  • Written Expression 60 min – 2 topics
  • Reading Comprehension 60 min – 50 questions

The TEFAQ assigns points for the immigration process in Quebec on ​​the following scale:

Principal Applicant
Maximum 16 points
A1, A2, B1 B2 C1 C2
Listening Comprehension 40 min 0 point 5 points 6 points 7 points
Oral Expression 15 min 0 point 5 points 6 points 7 points
Reading Comprehension 1hour 0 point 1 point
Written Expression 1hour 0 point 1 point
Spouse of Principal Applicant
Maximum 6 points
A1, A2, B1 B2 C1 C2
Listening Comprehension 40 min 0 point 2 points 3 points 3 points
Oral Expression 15 min 0 point 2 points 3 points 3 points

Exam Dates

Exam date: Friday, October 14, 2022
Registration deadline: Friday, September 16, 2022

French Institute Alliance Francaise
22 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022

How is the TEFAQ graded?

As for the TEF, the TEFAQ scores are ranked on 6 levels, ranging from 0+ level (basic skills) to level 6 (master skills), per the scale of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris Ile-de-France (CCI Paris Ile-de-France), and from A1 level to C2 level, as defined by the Council of Europe (CECRL – Common European Framework of References for Languages). Read about the CECRL here.

TEF and TEFAQ score results are reliable measurements of language proficiency. An official certificate which is valid for one year is awarded.

Correspondance niveaux CCIP/CECRL

CCIP 0+ 1 2 3 4 5 6
CECRL A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2


Compulsory Listening Comprehension: Total 360

Compulsory Oral Expression: Total 450
Understanding topics and finding appropriate information: 120
Facts explanation and argumentation: 150
Structure and vocabulary: 180

Optional Reading Comprehension: Total 450

Optional Written Expression: Total 450
Thematic and semantic coherence: 150
Ability to argue and summarize: 120
Structure and vocabulary: 180

Getting your Certificate

Please allow for 5-6 weeks from the test date to receive your certificate. It will be emailed to you directly from the Française des affaires, our partner.

The certificate of results is valid for two years.

A candidate may take the test as many times as he/she wants, however, a one-month waiting period is required between successive tests.


Compulsory Listening Comprehension + Oral Expression
$265 FIAF Member / $280 Non-Member

Optional Reading Comprehension
$75 FIAF Member / $90 Non-Member

Optional Written Expression
$75 FIAF Member / $90 Non-Member

Fees must be paid in full at time of registration and are non-refundable. Please note there is a $5 administrative fee in addition to the exam fee.

Payment is made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express). You may pay over the phone (646-388-6691).

Safety Information

The health and well-being of our students, members, visitors, and staff are our number one priority.  We will be closely following strict guidelines recommended by the CDC and public health authorities regarding COVID-19.

More frequent building-wide cleaning schedule has been implemented.


Please complete the registration and payment forms below and email them to FIAF.

Registration Form (pdf)

Payment Form (pdf)

Sign both forms and email in pdf format.

Any incomplete applications will be rejected.

Exams Manager: Mrs. Voahangy Siraisi, FIAF, 22 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022
Email: vsiraisi@fiaf.org

Exam session transfers are subject to a $50 fee and only permitted before the Registration Deadline of your original exam session. Any candidate who submits a transfer request after this Registration Deadline is subject to repay the full exam fee. Participation can only be transferred to the next session (without penalty) in the case of sickness, provided that a doctor’s note is mailed (not via email) within three days of the original Exam Date. If you have registered for an exam and need to transfer to another session, please email vsiraisi@fiaf.org.

FIAF reserves the right to cancel a session due to weather inclement or if the number of candidates does not exceed 10 candidates. All registrations will be moved to the next session.


The best way to get ready for this exam is to take FIAF’s general French classes. View courses here.

We also have a preparation book and CD available for sale at the Language Center Office.

Info also available here: lefrancaisdesaffaires.fr/en/tests-diplomas/prepare-for-the-tef/