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Test dates 2021

Registration for October 2021 will be open from September 6th to 8th (closes at 4pm).
The tests will take place :

    Thursday 07/10/21 afternoon

The complementary written expression test can be organised from 06 to 08 October inclusive. Candidates have to be available during this period.

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French Version

The French Ministries of Education, Higher Education and Research have entrusted France Education International to assess and certify French language for candidates who wish to evaluate their French language skills for personal, academic or professional reasons.

Detailed description of TCF




The TCF is comprised of three compulsory examinations (1h25)  and two supplementary examinations (1h +12min).  Questions are multiple choice, comprising 76 questions in total. For each question, only of four possible ansers is correct. Questions are presented in order of increasing difficulty, ranging from level A1 to level C2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  • Compulsory (1h25)
    • Listening comprehension (25 min)
    • Proficiency in language structures (15min)
    • Reading comprehension (45 min)
  • Optional
    • Speaking (12 min) (The optional Speaking test is not available at the Université de Nantes)
    • Writing (60 min)
An overall score of out 699 points is given for the Multipal Choice questions as well as an assessment between A1 and C2 (elementary to advanced levels). The written expression is rated out of 20 and is also assessed between A1 and C2. The results for the comprehension tests (listening and reading) and the test of proficiency in language structures is accompanied an additional appraisal.
  • Results
The test certificate is available 15 days after the test, and is valid for 2 years. Candidates must collect their certificate directly from the centre where they took the TCF test.



  • TCF compulsory : 85€
  • TCFCOMPL.  optional writing : 65€

Conditions of submission

Test dates :  Friday 21 February 2020
Registration and payment online  from January 6 to 31, 2020
  • If you want to do both compulsory test AND the optional wrtiting test, you must register twice : TCF and TCF COMPL.
  • Candidates must provide their candidate number from previous registration
  • If you do not want to pay online, it is possible to pay by debit card, by cheque or by cash at the Studies Secretary Office
Service Universitaire des Langues - Institut de Français Langue Etrangère
Préçilia Vilaça
Bâtiment Nouveau Tertre (N° 3), 3ème étage
Chemin de la censive du tertre
BP 81227
44312 Nantes CEDEX 3