1. What is the Le TEF pour la naturalisation?

In order to acquire french nationality it is necessary to provide evidence that you have attained at least level B1 in the french language.  The TEF for naturalization is a specific test, based on the actual TEF test, that is used to evaluate the level in french attained by people wishing to gain the french nationality. This test as a result does not concern requests for emigration to Quebec or Canada.

The TEF for naturalization is recognized by the Ministry of the Interior and is essential in the context of an application for naturalization to the French State. Its objective is to measure the level of oral comprehension and oral expression in French.

2. What are the tests?

The TEF for naturalization consists of two separate tests:

The first is a test on  Oral Comprehension (CO). This test last 40 minutes and has 60 questions. Many people believe that The TEF for naturalization will test you at a level B1, like the DELF exam would do, however that is not the case. The test is designed to test your level in french and to determine whether you have attained AT LEAST level B1. As a result the 60 questions, includes questions starting from level A1 and ending at level C2, with total possible points attainable being 360 points.

The second test is Oral expression (EO). This test last 15 minute with 2 subjects to be covered. The first part evaluates your capacity to ask for further  information on a given subject in french. For example:”you see an advertisement about swimming lessons, you are interested in taking swimming lessons, call and ask for information based on information provided in the advertisement”. The second part evaluates your ability to argue and convince someone based on your point of view. Again, in the section your level in french will be evaluated from level A1 to C2. The total point attainable for this test is 450 points.

An attestation of results for Le TEF pour la naturalisation will be sent to you by mail within four weeks of taking the exam.

3. How to register ?

Register with the Center de Langue Française of CCI Paris Ile de France or contact the authorized center nearest you! For a session in one of the centers of the CCI Paris Ile-de-France, register online at the following address.


 4. I speak french very well, it is really necessary to practice before the exam?

Yes! Even though you might have a really good level in french, please remember that this is a exam. As a result, this test, while it will be measuring your level in french, it is also done under strict exam conditions.

Understanding how the exam is structured, the type of questions to expect and how to effectively manage your time to correctly answer 60 questions in 40 minutes, for many, maybe the difference between a level A2 and a B2. It will also help to reduce stress on the day of the exam if you know what to expect.

5. What are the learning resources that I can use?

The official TEF website provides a manual for candidates. This manual will provide you with sample questions and recommended resources that will help you to prepare for the exam.

6. I have already taken another french exam TCF or the DELF before, is it the format the same?

While all these exams are aimed at evaluating your level in french, the method that is used in fundamentally different. The TCF and TEF tests for example, test on all levels , with questions starting from level A1 and getting progressively difficult to level C2. However,  the DELF/DALF exams are completed by levels, with an exam is assigned to each level, with a total of 7 exams from A1.1 to C2.

In addition, the exam format and the way the test questions are structured is different.  As a result, the expectation on how the questions should be answered is also different. It would be as a result to your advantage to try at least one TEF practice exam before the official test date.

7. le TEF or Le TEF pour la naturalisation, does it really matter which one I take?

To the french government, as long as you provide proof that you have a level B1, Comprehension Oral and Production Orale, it really does not matter to THEM. However, it might actually matter to YOU. Why? Because the TEF is marked differently than  Le TEF pour la naturalisation.

In the TEF you will lose marks for wrong answers, while in Le TEF pour la naturalisation, you do not.  Losing marks in an exam, no matter how well you understand, can adversely affect your final score.

Furthermore, in the TEF, the Production Orale is considered optional and you would need to pay , depending on the exam center, an additional 45 euros. While in Le TEF pour la naturalisation the Production Orale is included in the price of the exam, which works out cheaper for you.

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