The difference between TEF and TCF

The difference between TEF and TCF

The two most common French Proficiency exams for people immigrating to Canada are TEF Canada and TCF Canada. So many people are confused as to which of the two is the best to take. IRCC however accepts the two exams, below I will be discussing the difference between the two and suggesting the best option between them.

TEF means Test d’Évaluation de Français, while TCF means Test de Connaissance du Français. Both TEF Canada  & TCF Canada are  in four modules , all modules are taken same day.

Listening ( Compréhension Orale) CO

Reading ( Compréhension Écrite) CE

Writing ( Expression Écrite) EE

Speaking ( Expression Orale) EO

TEF Canada

Listening task takes 40 minutes of 60 questions.

Reading takes 60 minutes of 50 questions

Writing is in two parts: Faits-Divers ( A short narration) & Letter. Both takes 60 minutes

Speaking is in two parts : Part A ( Enquire about something) & Part B( Convince a friend). Both take 15 minutes.

TEF Score chart

Canadian
Language
Benchmarks
(CLB)
TEF
Listening
TEF
Reading
TEF
Writing
TEF
Speaking
CLB4145-180121-150181-225181-225
CLB5181-216151-180226-270226-270
CLB6217-248181-206271-309271-309
CLB7249-279207-232310-348310-348
CLB8280-297233-247349-370349-370
CLB9298-315248-262371-392371-392
CLB10316-360263-300393-450393-450

Currently, TEF Canada is $440 or NGN190,000.

TCF Canada

Listening takes 35 minutes of 39 questions.

Reading takes 60 minutes of 39 questions

Writing is in three parts of 60 minutes total

Speaking is in 3 tasks of 12 minutes.

TCF Score chart

Canadian
Language
Benchmarks
(CLB)
TCF
Listening
TCF
Reading
TCF
Writing
TCF
Speaking
CLB4331-368342-3744-54-5
CLB5369-397375-40566
CLB6398-457406-4527-97-9
CLB7458-502453-49810-1110-11
CLB8503-522499-52312-1312-13
CLB9523-548524-54814-1514-15
CLB10549-699549-69916-2016-20

Currently TCF Canada is $380 or about NGN190,000.

Which one is easier to pass?

So many candidates are so worried as to which one should they take among the two. It is popularly assumed that TCF Canada is easier and contains fewer questions. While this may be tempting , however marking scheme of both exams differs. My professional advice will be to go for TEF Canada for the following reasons:

  1. The exams can be predictable since they are often repetitive. What that means is that if you attempt many questions, there is a greater chance you must have answered the questions that might come out on the exam day.
  2. There are so many people who have taken or are taking TEF Canada. Therefore, you will be able to find study partners or seniors who have already done it before including tutors.
  3. There are so many available materials for TEF Canada practice.
  4. TEF Canada may appear more difficult, but their marking scheme is not as tough as TCF Canada.

All in all, these are my opinions based on my experience so far in the field, however, you can still make your choice based on your preference.

Till we see in the next article!

For any questions on this article, feel free to drop your comments below and you will be replied shortly.`

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