All candidates receive an academic transcript placing them in one of six levels (A1 to C2) on the skills scale defined by the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Therefore, the TCF is impossible to fail.
The TCF is valid for two years. It’s possible to sit the TCF several times (with a thirty day-gap between each exam).
The TCF is available in paper and electronic versions (TCF-SO).
Public: any foreign person wishing to acquire French nationality by naturalisation, reinstatement or declaration of nationality due to their marriage to a French spouse.
The TCF for naturalisation applications will comply with the new provisions introduced by the French Ministry of the Interior (Decree no. 2019-1507 of 30 December 2019 (link is external)) setting the required level in French for applicants for naturalisation at B1 (tests of oral and written comprehension and expression).
The French authorities also recognise the following certificates and diplomas at a minimum level of B1:
TCF all public (TCF TP) including written and oral expression tests;
TCF for Quebec (including the tests of oral comprehension, written comprehension, oral expression and written expression)
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