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The TCF all public is aimed at anyone aged 16 or over whose mother tongue is not French and who wishes, for academic reasons (students, future students, interns, etc.), professional (employees or future employees, etc.) or personal, have their level of French assessed.
The TCF all public is the language level test of the French Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports. It assesses the general French language skills of people whose mother tongue is not French.

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

Exam: 05/26/2023 – End of registration on 04/27/2023 at 4 p.m.
Exam: 09/29/2023 – End of registration on 09/05/2023 at 4 p.m.

Registration is done at ALFMED.

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 TP 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 reapply for the TCF TP. However, you will have to wait one month between each TCF test, regardless of the version concerned.

This TCF is composed of 3 mandatory tests, presented in the form of multiple choices questions (MCQ) and 2 additional and optional tests, offered in the form of exercises and which the candidate can choose to take or not according to their needs:

  • Listening comprehension: Collective test: 29 multiple-choice questions (4 answer choices, only one correct answer), duration 25 min
  • Mastery of language structures*: Collective test: 18 multiple-choice questions (4 answer choices, only one correct answer), duration 20 min
  • Written comprehension: Collective test: 29 multiple-choice questions (4 answer choices, only one correct answer), duration 45 min
  • Written expression: Collective test: 3 exercises
  • Oral expression: Individual test face to face with an examiner: 3 exercises

ORAL COMPREHENSION (MANDATORY)

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.

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

READING COMPREHENSION (MANDATORY)

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.

MASTERY OF LANGUAGE STRUCTURES (MANDATORY)

These questions test the ability to master language structures, from the most basic to the most complex, by:

  • spotting lexicon or language register errors
  • choosing the equivalent of an expression or a grammatical term
  • choosing the correct formulations according to a communication situation

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.

ORAL EXPRESSION (OPTIONAL)

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 his 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 his 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 convincingly 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 in a detailed and structured way complex subjects, develop them and conclude

WRITTEN EXPRESSION (OPTIONAL)

This test tests the ability to express oneself in written French and is made up of 3 tasks:

  1. writing 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
  2. writing an article, a letter, a note, etc. for several recipients to report on an experience or a story. Reports and stories will be accompanied by comments, opinions or arguments, depending on an objective (eg: claiming, reconciling, etc.). Expected word count: minimum 120 words / maximum 150 words
  3. writing a text (for a newspaper, a website, a colleague, a hierarchical superior, etc.) that 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…
  • link ideas and demonstrate coherence in their speech
  • compare two points of view
  • express their opinion and argue it
  • use vocabulary and structures adapted to the task requested
  • be able to reformulate

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 carried out with the number of words required
  • production is off topic
  • one or several tasks are not carried out

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