Université d'Orléans

TCF - National test of French proficiency

The TCF is a general French language proficiency test designed for all members of the non-Francophone public who wish to have their proficiency in French evaluated and validated in a simple, rapid and reliable way for professional or personal purposes and for their studies.

The TCF is a test designed by the CIEP (Centre international d’études pédagogiques or International Centre for Pedagogical Studies), which draws up the test subjects and corrects the papers and is the official French proficiency test of the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research. The University of Orleans is the Test Centres for the TCF.

All candidates receive a certificate of results that places them in one of the six levels (from A1 to C2) on the proficiency scale defined by the Council of Europe (Common European Framework of Reference:   CEFR). It is therefore impossible to fail on the TCF and this is the reason it is a test rather than a diploma.

The TCF, in particular, allows a foreign public holding a Baccalaureate secondary-school graduate level to enrol in the university based on the proficiency level achieved. Test results are valid for 2 years.

The University of Orleans offers the TCF DAP and the all public TCF. These tests take place only once a year. The University is not organising the TCF for the French nationality or the TCF for immigrating to Quebec.


For those applying to study at the undergraduate level (Licence 1 in France) or in an architectural school, the TCF DAP is an enrolment application prerequisite for future students. This test is compulsory except for students who already hold a DELF B2 or a DALF.

It is a 2:25 test divided in several parts:

  • listening comprehension
  • language structure – grammar and lexicon –
  • reading comprehension
  • and written production.
Next session for the TCF DAP :  16 February 2018

TCF DAP tariff - session 2018 : 69€

Registration applications should be submitted before the 22nd of Januaruy 2018 directly to the website : https://www3.ciep.fr/LF/TCF/inscription/


Le TCF " all public" :

For those applying to enrol at the post-graduate level (Licence 2 and Licence 3, Master 1, Master 2 and doctoral levels in France) or in one of the grande école institutions: the TCF is systematically required by higher education establishments. The required level to enter at the University of Orleans is B2.

It is a 1:25 hours test divided in 3 compulsory parts :

  • Listening comprehension (29 questions) 25 minutes
  • Language structure – grammar and lexicon – (18 questions) 15 minutes
  • Reading comprehension (29 questions) 45 minutes

Applicants can also do 2 optional tests :

  • Spoken production, 12 minutes
  • Writing production (6 parts) 60 minutes
Next session for all public TCF  : Friday 23th March 2018

TCF tariff - session 2018 :

Test Students registered at the University of Orléans Other applicant

Compulsory test

(3 parts)

50€ 60€
Optional test  30€/option  35€

TCF Application form - 2018 session

Deadline to send back the application form : February, 23th 2018

The TCF Application form can be sent back to the following address :

Institut de français de l’Université d’Orléans
10 rue de Tours – BP 46527
45065 Orléans cedex 2

or by email to : idf.tcf@univ-orleans.fr

The passing certificates can be obtained from the Institute of French language.