TCF – Test de connaissance de français

TCF – Test de connaissance de français

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TCF – Test de connaissance de français

Swiss Exams now offers the TCF “Test de connaissance du français” French exam on computer in Switzerland. The first exam dates are online and ready to book. Find more information, TCF preparation and registration for the French exam below and on our website.

TCF is recognised by FIDE

TCF is recognised by fide and candidates who have passed their TCF exam with us can easily (in only 5 steps) get their fide language passport. Did you know that? The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) maintains a list of recognised language certificates. The fide language passport (fide Sprachenpass) serves as proof for naturalisation, residence permit (B) and settlement permit (C).

The TCF French exam clearly distinguishes itself from fide Sprachenpass because TCF covers all CEFR levels A1 – C2 (not only the lower levels as fide does) and candidates receive their results faster, within 15 work days only (results by fide take one month)!

Listed as recognised language certificate are both, exams by the Goethe-Institut and the French exam TCF Tout Public, that Swiss Exams offers. More information on recognised exams by fide and how to receive a fide language passport with a recognised certificate can be found here.

Share these links with your colleagues teaching French at your school.

TCF French Exam General Information

TCF exam date registration

5 steps to receive the fide language passport

What is the TCF Tout Public French exam?

TCF has been developed by the France Éducation international at the request of the French ministry of education. It is recognised by the French Higher Education authority, university authorities, university language centres in France and abroad, as well as administrative authorities and different institutions responsible for teaching French abroad. The grid for levels and the key for notes are translated into 11 languages and enable users (from both the academic and professional world) to know precisely what a candidate, having passed the TCF, is capable of.

Students choose TCF for the following reasons:

  • personal: this test focuses on French knowledge (oral and written comprehension or expression), with a view to potential fluency; it is in some ways a linguistic snapshot of the level of French at the time the candidate takes the test;

  • professional: it provides objective information that a candidate can present to an institution with a view to recruitment or promotion;

  • academic: it provides, according to international standards, a reliable evaluation of the linguistic abilities that will be taken into account for admission into a higher learning establishment (universities, colleges, art schools, architecture schools, business schools, etc.).

Who is TCF for?

The TCF French language test has been designed for anyone who, for personal, academic or professional reasons, would like to have their French skills assessed and certified reliably. The recognised test TCF has been designed for teenagers (16 years old and upwards) and adults. There are no qualifications required to apply for the TCF. Swiss Exams offers TCF on computer as of January 2022. If you know students who would like to take a French exam, let them know!

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