TCF CENTRE

IFALPES is a test centre for the TCF (test de connaissance de Français) for French nationality, the TCF for a residence permit and for the TCF general public. We organize sessions every month.

The TCF candidates we welcome need to validate their level of French for professional or academic reasons (study project in a French-speaking institution, job search…) or personal reasons (steps to obtain French nationality, for the resident permit…)The various TCFs are French tests delivered by the CIEP, a public institution of the French Ministry of National Education.

No diploma or preparation is required to present the TCF.

THE ANF TCF FOR NATIONALITY

IMPORTANT : There will be a new TCF for Nationality starting in April 2020. You will have oral and written tests. 

If you have an appointment with the préfecture before the 1st of April 2020, you may take the exam in January 2020 (oral test only). If your appointment takes place after the 1st of April 2020, you will have to register for a TCF “Resident” in February or in March 2020 to have oral and written tests. Then the new test for nationality will be available in April. 

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The Test de Connaissance du Français pour l’accès à la nationalité française is a language level test in French for people who wish to acquire French nationality.
The test consists of two compulsory tests:
  • A collective oral comprehension test (29 questions in the form of multiple-choice questions). This test lasts 25 minutes.
  • An individual oral expression test (3 tasks). This test lasts 12 minutes.

THE TCF RESIDENT CARD


The Test de Connaissance du Français pour la carte de résident en France was specifically designed to meet the new provisions introduced by the French Ministry of the Interior setting the level A2 (oral and written comprehension and expression tests) as the level required in French for applicants for a long-term resident card.

The test consists of four compulsory tests:

  • A collective oral comprehension test (20 questions in the form of multiple-choice questions). This test lasts 20 minutes.
  • A collective written comprehension test (20 questions in the form of multiple-choice questions). This test lasts 20 minutes.
  • An individual written expression test (3 texts to be produced). This test lasts 20 minutes.
  • An individual oral expression test (3 tasks). This test lasts 12 minutes.

TCF GENERAL PUBLIC


The Test de Connaissance du Français for all is intended for anyone who needs, for personal, academic or professional reasons, to assess and validate their mastery of French in a reliable and recognised manner. The TCF was designed to be presented by an audience of older adolescents (from 16 years of age) and adults.
The test consists of one compulsory test and two complementary tests:
  • The compulsory collective test of comprehension (oral and written) and language structures (76 questions in the form of multiple-choice questions). This test lasts 1 hour and 25 minutes.
  • The additional individual test of written expression (3 texts to be produced). This test lasts 1 hour.
  • The individual complementary oral expression test (3 tasks). This test lasts 20 minutes.

2020 CALENDAR AND PRICE LIST


In 2020 the events will be organised according to the following schedule:

Important : There will be no test for nationality in February and March 2020 but you may take the TCF for Resident instead. 

Month Exam Date Registration Deadline*
January Tuesday, January 21 Before Wednesday, December 18
February Thursday, February 20 Before Wednesday, January 22
March Thursday, March 19 Before Wednesday, February 19
April Thursday, April 16 Before Wednesday, March 18
May Tuesday, May 19 May Before Friday, April 17
June Thursday, June 18 Before Wednesday, May 20
July Date to come Date to come
August Date to come Date to come
September Date to come Date to come

*Note: there is a limited number of places per session, registration will be subject to availability.

Prices for 2020:

TCF FOR NATIONALITY (January 2020 only)
Group test + individual test   110 euros  

 

TCF FOR RESIDENCE CARD
Group test + individual test   140 euros  

TCF GENERAL PUBLIC
Compulsory test (oral and written comprehension + language structure) 80 euros  
Additional written expression test    40 euros  
Additional oral expression test 40 euros  

Registration formalities

To register for the TCF at IFALPES, you must:

  1. Print your registration form.
  2. Send us back by the post your completed registration form accompanied by a cheque made out to IFALPES corresponding to the amount of your registration. We ask you to fill in this form carefully and legibly.
  3. You must indicate on this form the session of your choice. We ask you to respect the registration deadlines. If we receive your form after this deadline, we will contact you immediately to suggest a later date.
    If you wish to pay by credit card or cash, we ask you to come directly to our offices, at 14 avenue du Rhône in Annecy. If you are unable to attend, you can return your completed registration form by e-mail to [email protected]. As soon as we receive your form, we will send you by e-mail a remote payment authorization form to complete.
  4. The week before the exam, you will receive by e-mail a convocation setting the time of the exam. As these schedules vary from one session to the next, we ask participants in employment to plan a full day for the tests.
  5. Three weeks after the examination, you will receive your certificate by post at your home

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