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The TCF for Quebec was designed to meet the requirements of the Quebec authorities which make it mandatory and systematic to take standardized French tests and exams as part of the procedures for obtaining the Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) leading to the issue a permanent visa. The French and Francophones are also affected by this measure.

The Quebec authorities also recognize, as an exemption, the TCF tout public with the oral expression test as well as the DELF and DALF diplomas (subject to obtaining a minimum score in the oral comprehension and oral expression tests and valid for less than 2 years).

We can confirm the passing of the exam if we have a minimum of 3 people registered for the same date

Exam dates:

Exam: 06/14/2023 – End of registration 05/17/2023 at 4 p.m.
Exam: 09/15/2023 – End of registration 08/22/2023 at 4 p.m.
Exam: 06/12/2023 – End of registration 10/11/2023 at 4 p.m.

Registration is done at ALFMED.

THE TESTS

The TCF Québec is made up of 4 modular tests assessing general French language skills. Each candidate can choose to take, at their convenience, 1, 2, 3 or 4 tests from:

  1. Listening comprehension: Collective test: 29 multiple-choice questions (4 answer choices, only one correct answer)
  2. Written comprehension: Collective test: 29 multiple-choice questions (4 answer choices, only one correct answer)
  3. Written expression: Collective test: 3 exercises
  4. Oral expression: Individual test face to face with an examiner: 3 exercises

The TCF Québec has a variable duration depending on the number of tests presented (between 12 minutes minimum and 2 hours 22 minutes maximum):

  • Oral comprehension: 25 minutes
  • Written comprehension: 45 minutes
  • Written expression: 60 minutes
  • Oral expression: 12 minutes (including 2 minutes of preparation)

ORAL COMPREHENSION

These questions test the ability to understand spoken French, such as, for example:

  • familiar words and common expressions in common communication situations (dialogues, interviews, talks, telephone discussions, etc.)
  • the essentials of simple and clear messages and announcements
  • information about people, facts or events in radio or television programs on current events or on personal or professional matters
  • presentations dealing with concrete or abstract subjects
    any kind of speech delivered at a fluent rate
  • This test consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs). For each question, there are 4 answer choices (A, B, C, D) but only one answer is correct.
  • The tests are presented according to a principle of progressive difficulty.

WARNING: Each recording is broadcast only once. The question is asked after listening to the sound document.

WRITTEN COMPREHENSION

These questions test the ability to understand written French, such as, for example:

  • familiar names, very simple words and phrases used in communication situations (messages and friendly or administrative letters);
  • information contained in current documents (classified advertisements, prospectuses, menus and timetables, etc.)
  • information about people, facts or events (personal letters)texts in everyday
  • language relating to daily life or work
  • articles and reviews in which the authors take a position on concrete or abstract subjects
  • long and complex factual or literary texts, specialized articles
  • abstract or complex texts taken from books, specialized articles

This test consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs). For each question, there are 4 answer choices (A, B, C, D) but only one answer is correct.
The tests are presented according to a principle of progressive difficulty.

ORAL EXPRESSION

This test tests the ability to express oneself in French orally and is composed of 3 tasks:
Task 1 – Directed interview without preparation (2 minutes): the candidate must demonstrate their ability to communicate with a person he does not know (the examiner)
Task 2 – Exercise in interaction with preparation (5 minutes 30 including 2 minutes of preparation): the candidate must demonstrate their ability to obtain information in a situation of everyday life. The status of the interlocutor and the candidate are specified in the instructions
Task 3 – Expression of a point of view without preparation (4 minutes 30): the candidate demonstrates the ability to speak spontaneously, continuously and persuasively by answering a question chosen by the examiner

In this test, the candidate is assessed on his ability to:

  • talk about yourself, your environment, family and professional
  • ask questions adapted to the proposed communication situation
  • give their opinion and explain the advantages and disadvantages of a project,
  • express their agreement and disagreement
  • present a clear and structured argument in a style appropriate to the context
  • present complex topics in a detailed and structured way, develop them and conclude

WRITTEN EXPRESSION

This test tests the ability to express oneself in French in writing and is made up of 3 tasks:
Task 1: write a message to describe, tell and/or explain, addressed to one or more recipients, whose status has been specified in the instructions. Expected word count: minimum 60 words/maximum 120 words
Task 2: write an article, a letter, a note, etc. for several recipients to write an experience report or a story. Reports and stories will be accompanied by comments, opinions or arguments, depending on an objective (e.g., claiming, reconciling, etc.). Expected word count: minimum 120 words/maximum 150 words
Task 3: writing a text (for a newspaper, a website, a colleague, a hierarchical superior, etc.) which compares two points of view relating to a social fact, expressed in two documents. The candidate gives his opinion on the subject dealt with in the two documents. Expected word count: minimum 120 words/maximum 180 words

In this test, the candidate is assessed on his ability to:

  • communicate a message clearly
  • provide the requested information
  • describe, tell, explain
  • justify a choice, a position, a decision, etc.
  • link ideas and be coherent in their speech
  • compare two points of view
  • express your opinion and argue it
  • use vocabulary and structures adapted to the task
  • to be able to rephrase

WARNING! The copy of written expression could be evaluated “A1 not achieved” if:

  • the writing is not legible (in the event of a paper handover)
  • each task is not completed with the required number of words
  • production is off topic
  • one or several tasks are not carried out

RESULTS

We can confirm the passing of the exam if we have a minimum of 3 people registered for the same date.
You will get your certificate 4-5 weeks after taking your test. You will have to collect your certificate directly from the center where you took the TCF Québec tests: at ALFMED with your identity document.
If you are not the one coming to collect the certificate, the person must present their identity document as well as that of the candidate. If the candidate cannot come and collect the certificate, he must provide a registered letter already paid for with the postal address, so that the center can send him the certificate.
Your certificate will be valid for 2 years from the date of issue of the results.

WARNING! Only one copy of your certificate will be issued to you. It is therefore recommended to keep a copy of your certificate.
In case of insufficient results, you can represent yourself at the TCF Québec. However, you will have to wait one month between each TCF test, regardless of the version concerned.

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