Tips to maximize your chances when taking language tests or exams

Assess your level in French

The first step in preparing for a language exam or test is to know your current level, both in writing and speaking. This assessment must of course consider the nature of the exam or diploma you wish to pass, and the objective pursued – administrative procedures, obtaining a visa or even pursuing higher education in France or in a French-speaking country.

There are a large number of online tests that will allow you to proceed to a self-assessment of your level in French language; however, their accuracy is not always guaranteed, especially when it comes  to your oral skill and pronunciation.

Several daily tips can help you assess your level in French: watching films in French or listening to French musicians might be a pleasant way to determine if you understand the language!

Use your knowledge of French culture

Learning the French language goes hand in hand with the discovery of a culture and  heritage. If you want to do your best when taking a French language test or exam, you will need to mobilize as much knowledge as possible in connection with French culture, whether in the field of philosophy, literature, history or art.

During an oral examination, such knowledge is particularly appreciated by examiners, especially when it comes to an exam related to administrative procedures such as obtaining a visa or citizenship.

Whatever French language diploma you wish to obtain, remember that a strong knowledge of French civilization will be an asset at the time of the exam.

Take a course in a French language school

Enrolling in a French language course (especially within a recognized institution) remains the safest and most effective way to prepare for a test or exam. The quality of courses and help from qualified  teaching staff facilitate the work of international students thanks to daily supervision.

The Cours de civilisation française de la Sorbonne (CCFS) offer preparation modules for diplomas such as the DELF or the DALF, also allowing international students to take the French knowledge test – “Test de connaissance du français” (TCF) – on the computer. A preparation that focuses both on the written and oral skills of the candidates, who will also be able to accurately assess their level.

The phonetics laboratories will help you to really gear up for the oral tests of your exams by easing  you into the discovery of French-speaking sounds, therefore helping you to quickly acquire a proper pronunciation.

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The secretariat will be exceptionally closed on Thursday, June 6. 

Information sur la session de printemps 2024

L’inscription à la session de printemps (rentrée du 5 février 2024) est encore possible jusqu’au 2 février, sous réserve de places disponibles.

Les étudiants souhaitant s’inscrire sont invités à se rendre directement au bureau des admissions de l’institution, ouvert du lundi au vendredi de 9h30 à 16h30.
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L’inscription en ligne pour cette session n’est plus possible sur ce site.

Information regarding the 2024 spring session

Registration for the spring session (starting on February 5, 2024) is still possible until February 2, subject to availability.

Students wishing to register are invited to go directly to the institution’s admission office, open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
They must ensure they have a valid visa.

Online registration for this session is no longer available on this website.

Dates des prochains examens TCF

Les prochaines sessions d’examen TCF auront lieu dans les locaux de l’institution aux dates suivantes :

Le 30 janvier et le 27 février :

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