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What you need to know for the TCF comprehension Orale and Ecrite

What you need to know for the TCF comprehension Orale and Ecrite

TCFIn the TCF exam there are three compulsory sections. Listening Comprehension, Grammar and vocabulary, and finally a reading comprehension. The questions come in the form of 80 multiple choice  questions in total.

Your are given four choices for each question and of the four choices , only one answer is correct. The questions are presented in order of increasing difficulty ranging from A1 to C2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference .


TCF Listening comprehension ( 30 questions, 25 minutes)

The questions assess the candidate’s ability to:RFI++Radio+France

  • Identify essential information communicated in everyday communicative situations;
  • Understand simple statements on familiar themes in messages , announcements , interviews, telephone conversations , etc. ) and find the topic of conversation. ;
    understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters encountered in work , university , leisure ;
  • Understand the main ideas of complex speech on both concrete and abstract topics , familiar or not encountered in personal, social or professional life ;
    following a speech on abstract and complex topics and recognize a range of idiomatic expressions ;include any type of speech at a rapid rate.

The recordings are representative of spoken communication that can be heard in France or French-speaking countries , especially in the case of extracts from Radio France Internationale ( RFI).This is good news as Radio France Internationale ( RFI) currently has listening exercises on their website specifically designed to help learners of french improve their listening.


TCF structures of the language: grammar and vocabulary (20 questions , 20 minutes)

  • The questions assess the ability to find and select the correct wording in syntactic and lexical structures.
  • The questions are always associated with communication situations and to French and Francophone contexts.


TCF Reading comprehension ( 30 questions, 45 minutes)

The questions assess the candidate’s ability to:

  • Identify the gist of documents used in everyday communicative situations (small friendly messages or professional) ;
  • Identify comprehensive and detailed information in everyday material ( advertisements, prospectuses , menus and timetables, etc.).
  • Find specific information on people, facts or events ( personal letters , etc.).
    identify and fine details in texts written in everyday language related to everyday life or work;
  • Understand the points of view of authors on concrete and abstract topics in articles and reports ;
  • Understand abstract or complex texts taken from literary or literature .


Documents are representative of what we read in France or Francophone countries. You can find good practice reading material from the following three  free online newspapers :

  1. Metro News
  2. Direct Matin
  3. 20 Minutes



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