TCF, Test de connaissance du Français (Test of French Knowledge), is a test allowing to evaluate and validate one's level in French language. This certification is valid for 2 years and is recognised by the French Higher Education and university authorities, university language centres in France and abroad, as well as administrative authorities and different institutions responsible for teaching French abroad.

TCF is a comprehensive placement test delivered by CIEP, which enables to assess non-native speakers' level in French language. It works as a photographical cliché of the linguistic proficiency of a person at a specific moment of his life.
It is valid for 2 years.

The exam consist of:

  • 3 compulsory tests (MCQ*) : oral comprehension, mastery of language structure and written comprehension.
  • 2 optional tests: written expression and/or oral expression.

* MCQ = Multiple Choice Questionnaire 

More information available on the CIEP website.

Next sessions

- APRIL 2019

  • Exams: April 26, 2019 at 8:45 -  Building T1-Multimedia (AMU - ALLSH University) - Room 2.08*
    *PLEASE NOTE: The room is subject to change. Please visit this page BEFORE the day of the exam.
    • Registrations from March 11 to 28, 2019
    • The oral examination will take place during the afternoon

Registration terms 

Registrations can be made directly at the Exam center office, or, depending on the chosen payment method, by post mail or by e-mail (adress in the registration form).

Required documents:
- Registration form filled carefully (by computer if possible)
- A copy of your identity card or passport
- an ID photo
- The payment (*see details bellow)
- For remote registrations, enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.

For more information, you can contact the SUFLE Exam center through the registration page.

*Payment methods:
Credit card
(on site)
Check (to the order of "Régisseur de recettes SUFLE")
Wire transfer (See our IBAN). Enclose transfer receipt (which shows your name and your own IBAN)


4 possible formulas:

  • Compulsory tests (MCQ):                80 €
  • MCQ + written expression test:     120 €

  • MCQ + 2 optional tests:                 150 €
             - Written expression
             - Oral expression

  • 2 optional tests only:                        80 €
    (for those who have already taken the MCQ in the past 2 years)

The registration fees are non-refundable.


Results are usually available within 2 or 3 weeks after the exams. A temporary transcript is then given, awaiting the official grade transcript (generally available within a month).

These results situate the candidates on the six levels scale (from A1 to C2) of the Council of Europe (CEFR)* : See the self-assessment grids in French, English or in Spanish.

- Registration in French Universities requires usually a B2 or C1 level.
- SUFLE does not offer the TCF for access to French nationality nor for Quebec immigration (In these cases, you may contact Alliance Française in Marseille).

Exam Preparation:

It is highly recommended to get acquainted with the TCF tests:
- A few sample test papers on the CIEP website.
- Online training on the following websites: RFI SAVOIRS ; DIDIER Editions ; TV5 Monde


Building Porte T3  (2nd floor) Office 2.12
29 avenue Robert Schuman
13621 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1

Phone: +33 (0)4 13 55 32 20
If absent: +33 (0)4 13 55 32 26

You may also send us a message.

OPENING HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9.30 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 16.30
                             Wednesday: 9.30 - 12.30