TFI™: Test de français international

The TFI test evaluates the French-language listening and reading proficiency levels of people whose native language is not French.

It is offered in Public Test Sessions, every month, in several Canadian cities.

Schools and businesses can also offer the TFI  test to their clientele in private institutional or corporate test sessions.

Detailed Description

The TFI test is a standardized 110-minute paper-based, multiple-choice assessment. It is divided into two sections (Listening Comprehension and Reading Comprehension) of 90 questions each.

Results of the TFI test reflect, simply and fairly, the test-takers' ability to communicate effectively in French in business and academic environments, from beginner to advanced levels. The scores, valid for 2 years, span between 10 and 990 points (5 to 495 points for each section) and are mapped on the CEFR scales.


The test uses common everyday vocabulary, phrases and key expressions that reflect real-world tasks and can be used for both academic and workplace purposes. For instance, it serves as an admission criterion for non-francophone candidates who wish to enter programs in which courses are delivered in French. The TFI test can also help teachers to

  • Place students in appropriate levels
  • Evaluate the proficiency of students throughout their program
  • Increase motivation by setting clear course objectives

Language schools and faculties can use the TFI test to demonstrate the value of their programs. Students can then add their TFI score and score description to their resumes.

Also, the TFI test can help human resources professionals to

  • Determine the French level required for specific positions
  • Hire and promote staff
  • Identify language needs in their company
  • Develop training programs
  • Monitor return on training investment

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