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Description & structure

TCF: Test de Connaissance du Français / French Language Test. It allows non-native speakers of French to obtain a simple, effective and precise evaluation of their skills in comprehension and expression.

Click here to read the presentation of the test and click here to access the “Manuel du candidat” (in French).

Issued by the French Ministry of Education, valid for 2 years from taking the test.

Candidates receive a certificate of results with a total score between 100 and 699 as well as a mention of the corresponding Common European Reference Framework for Languages level, from A1 to C2:

3 examinations: a compulsory examination and two optional examinations (see below). The optional examinations can be taken on different dates to the compulsory examination, as long as they are taken within the validity period of the test. To take the optional examinations, you must have taken the compulsory test.

In order to qualify to score points for Canada immigration purposes, candidates need to have a B2 (Advanced) level minimum.

For further information about TCF, visit the CIEP website.
For further information about Canadian immigration application, visit


1 compulsory examination: HK$1,750 HKD. It includes: A reading comprehension examination; A listening comprehension examination; A language structures examination (grammar and vocabulary).

2 optional examinations: HK$850 each.
Written production;
Speaking & oral interaction.

Next sessions & registration dates

Unless clearly advised otherwise, all exams are organised at our St Kilda location during business hours. We reserve the right to add extra days for each session.
Please note that candidates will not be able to choose their examination date. They will receive an email one week before the test at the latest to inform them of the precise day(s) and time of their examinations.




Wednesday 30 January

From 1 to 30 December 2018

MARCH 2019

Wednesday 27 March

From 28 January to 27  February 2019

MAY 2019

Wednesday 22 May

From 18 March to 17 April 2019 


Wednesday 18 September

From 8 July to 15 August 2019


Wednesday 20 November

From 18 September  to 21 October 2019


Results are sent to the test centre within 15 working days of receipt of the examination papers by the CIEP. After this, you will then receive an email advising you to come and pick up your certificate. If you cannot come and pick it up, we can arrange to have them sent to you: you will need to provide us with an A4 Registered Post envelop with your name and address on it.

How to register

  1. Read through the information on this page and the Guidelines for photographs carefully.
  2. Purchase your test     Enroll now Enroll now
  3. Download the registration form, fill it in and email it back along with an electronic version of a passport photo (following the Guidelines) to
  4. You will receive an email confirming your registration.
  5. You will receive your test schedule by email one week before the examinations at the latest.
  6. If you have any questions, please contact the Reception desk on 03 9525 3463. 

How to prepare

  1. Group courses: we offer group courses from A1 to C1 levels in Wanchai, Jordan and Shatin. Not sure what your level is? Click here to fill in our quick online assessment request form and a tutor will contact you to discuss course options.
  2. Private tuition: personalised training and flexible scheduling, private tuition is a great way to get ready before your exam. Visit our websitefor more details or contact Alice  at
  3. Resources:
    1. Radio France International: practice for the listening examination.
    2. Didier FLE: online activities to prepare for TCF.
    3. TV5 Monde: online activities to prepare for TCF.
    4. CIEP: a list of useful resources.
    5. Our multimedia library also stocks a variety of books to help you prepare for the TCF.
    6. Not sure what your level is? Take this free online self-assessment created by the CIEP and RFI (page in French).

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