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Planning To Write TEF For Canada Immigration? Connect Here.

« on: September 29, 2020, 01:07:29 AM »
So let's start with these questions:

1) Are you writing TEF?
2) Have you registered?
3) When are you writing?
4) Where are you writing?
5) Have you written one before?
6) Which materials are you using?

Important Links:

CRS Points From TEF and CLB Equivalent

Points per CLB and how test scores translate to CLB

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CLB 5 OR 6 - 1 CRS point each
CLB 7 OR 8 - 3 CRS points each
CLB 9 and above 6 CRS points each

Extra 30 points for CLB 7 and above

You can get max of 54 points from TEF....but most students aim for 42 i.e. CLB7 in the 4 papers plus the 30 bonus points.

TEF & TCF Exam Locations And Costs

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Lagos - TEF paper 160k 0705 228 8001 or 0705 248 8002 You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

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Ibadan - TEF paper 160k 0806 974 0010 or 0905 051 1994 You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

PH - TEF paper 160k, TCF paper 0805 323 3579 You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

Enugu TEF 0803 714 3439 You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

Cotonou - TEF paper, TCF CBT You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

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TEF Exam Structure and Sample Papers

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In the course of studying for the TEF, for section A of l'expression orale, I found it very difficult to find about 10 relevant questions to ask for each given ad (on top the french itself wey I still dey battle with). Thus, I've made a compilation (if you can call it that) of sample questions that one can ask for some ads I've come across for easy reference while studying. They were gotten from different sources - the TEF books, YouTube (Enseignement du FLE, Propulse Training) and some documents I found on Scribd.

I'm in an abnormally good mood so I want to share this, maybe you can even make some corrections and provide other possible questions one can ask.

Click here to download sample questions for section A of expression orale: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

For listening, reading the questions while the instruction is playing is ideal, then you'll already know what to listen for when the recording starts. The Propulse Training channel on YouTube also has some tips that may be helpful for listening even if it's just for more practice questions.

Here are some examples:

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They are mostly grammar and vocabulary books but I found the alter ego books especially helpful.
Most of the materials here are from DelPiero at canada visa

You can also paste in a Google search: french

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Help with TEF Writing

1. Listening : always on youtube listening to french news channels (France 24, RFI etc). If you have the data to spare, it's worth it. I actually stopped listening to foreign news in English completely, just to forcefully tune my ears to french.

2. Writing : practiced constantly. Was always writing and re-writing essays/letters of an exam nature. However, I was still taking classes at AF then, so I could always get the teacher to do the corrections.

3. Reading : Just tried to read lots of french articles online, especially news (lefigaro, france 24 etc)

4. Speaking: Again practice, but exam specific practice and did a lot of role play (again, I could benefit from using my teacher as a speaking partner).

1. for letter writing, I found it very helpful to have a ready made format for the introduction and closing parts, which I could easily adapt regardless of topic. This saved valuable time during the exam, so one could just focus on the body of the letter.

2. For the fait divers, keep the narration in past tenses (passé composé, imparfait or passé conditionnel) because the objective is always to narrate an event that has already taken place. Avoid present or future tenses.

3. Harmonization of gender, pronouns and cojugations within the same phrase. Try to make sure they're all in tandem e.g. "they went to pick up their results" ="Ils sont allés récupérer leurs resultats." Note the "s" in allés and leurs due to the fact the subject (Ils) and object (resultats) are plural. And if the subject was feminine, we would use double "e" in the conjugation of aller i.e. elles sont allées...

4. Try as much as you can to use the correct accents on the appropriate words (you get scored for this). Reading french articles would help in getting familiar with commonly accentuated words. But take note of "a" which has 2 forms: i) as a conjugation of avoir e.g. elle a un chien / Il a fait un cadeau (no accent) ii) as a preposition e.g. je vais à la maison (accentuated).

5 For your letter, try to use a variety of tenses in your write-up, not just present and passe compose (include subjonctif and conditionnel). This gives extra scores because it's proof of a more advanced level of competence. And you can use the most common forms of these tenses (to avoid complicating things) e.g. j'aimerais / je voudrais - "j'aimerais donner mon avis" / "je voudrais (conditionnel) que vous fassiez (subjonctif) attention à notre niveau de sécurité". And you don't necessarily need to use them repeatedly, just one occurence of each will suffice as long as it's correctly used and matches the context.

6. Finally, simplicity is key. Keep your phrases simple and concise, make your points clear, let one idea flow to the next, pay close attention to spellings, conjugations, genders and the likes, and everything will be fine.

VERY IMPORTANT: please always take a minute or two after each write-up to proof read it. You'll be surprised at how many corrections you'll find yourself making. Even if you haven't finished writing the whole thing and you're running out of time, please stop and do your corrections. Better to write 75% accurately than 100% with errors. I personally tried to proof read after each paragraph and do a final check at the end."

I did not do a single writing exercise while preparing for my TEF and I still managed to get C1 for that competence. The secret is to obey certain rules when writing Essay in French. These are the four things I focused on for Section B of Written Expression:

1. Draw up a plan for the essay.
2. Writing Logic .i.e. Dialectic Dissertation (more on this later)
3. Never write below the minimum required words, which is 200.
4. Clearly present your points with simple sentences with a few subjonctive tenses but avoid spelling and grammatical errors as much as possible.

Please note that I did not just start learning French but I have not used the language extensively for a very long time.
These tips are not necessarily perfect but they worked for me.

1. Plan: Before I start my essay I first put down my points. The instruction usually indicates that you should support your view with a minimum of three points so don't go below that, each point per paragraph. This helps to avoid hitting a road block and wasting precious time.

2. Writing Logic: Order of thoughts is not presented the same way in French as it is in English. I will recommend you read this article (You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login) for full details and especially the Dialectic Dissertation style, which is the same explained in @njbybrthnly's post quoted below. This to me is actually the big one because whoever is marking your essay will see that you truly know how the French writes.
Also use those logical connectors that @njbybrthnly mentioned and you should be golden.

3. Respect The Minimum Words: Please write a minimum of 200 words as recommended, you are allowed to continue writing at the back of the answer booklet.

4. Avoid Spelling and Grammatical Errors: It is better to express your views in simple but clear manner than making errors due to overly complex words/tenses. The subjonctive tense will also score you more point but please master how to accurately use it.

I hope I have been able to help someone here.

TEF versus TCF


First and foremost all the best in you exams @Bellerin, I believe even the TEF markers will know that someone took their exams from Nigeria on the day. Also best wishes to all the "silent" readers here as you silently take your exams.

On this TEF vs TCF matter, make me sef add my own 2 million Canadian Dollars on top.

I believe overall, it is easier to attain your goal with the TCF than with the TEF. I have written the TEF (awaiting results), and I am revising for TCF (just incase). My reason is simple and will be explained thus:

1. As prof Mamaroon as already explain, you need just 50% pass mark to attain B2 in speaking and writing. We all know that EE is a major stress point for TEF takers, infact I couldn't attempt the TEF for a long time because of my fear for the EE. But then, even if they both required 70% pass mark, I would have still gone for the TCF EE, rather than that of TEF as the questions come in 3 parts and 4 essays in what I would call bite sizes. Your mistakes will be fewer if you have to write in shorter forms than the long argumentative essay you meet in part B of TEF. Also, the speaking come in 3 bite sizes of which the part 1 (se presenter) and part 2 (ask questions like part 1 in TEF) already puts you on the way to success.

2. The CE of TCF is much simpler, shorter and more straight-forward even at the C2 level than those of TEF. You don't need to have seen the questions previously to be able to answer.

3. The CO of TCF is rather tricky (my fear), however, in practice, i realise I tend to score better in B1, B2 and C1 than in the A1 and 2, well overall it is still tricky.

1. It used to be much more popular than TCF so there is a lot of revision materials and their solutions available

2. They repeat questions A LOT, so if you are lucky to encounter a repeated question, then you are good. My CO was completely new as I had neever heard the questions before.

3. Out of 60 listening questions, you will find a lot more easier questions to answer than the 39 of TCF

My Submission

If you have written TEF more than once, it is difficult to "change" to TCF because of the major reasons I gave, but if you have never written any of the exams, I would advice you to go for the TCF. Once you have learnt the language enough to write the exams, focus on the understanding the CO pattern, once you do, you are good to go.

All the best a tous et a toutes, for if there is one major thing we will all gain apart from a minimum of 42 points, is the ability to speak a second foreign language, and it is something I can't trade away.


Here is my take on the TCF and TEF saga. I have written both and I will share my experience below.

I wrote TEF at alliance Ibadan, for me, All was quite cool except for EE... the passages were too long and complex... mind you I studied French in university here in Nigeria, did masters 1 in France and lived there for about 3 and half years. I currently work as a French sales coordinator.

Back to my TEF jist... we started the exams on time and finished 3 hrs after... paper based exam....Results came like 3 weeks after and I had B2 in EO, CE, CO... I had B1 in EE.

I was a bit depressed and disappointed and decided to give it another shot. I joined the telegram group and I met a friend who told me he had written TCF in Cotonou and he passed. I gave it a thought and decided to go to Cotonou. I sent a mail to the institut and was told I have to come for registration 3 days before the exams. I left home early, and arrived Benin 5 hrs after. The journey was damn too stressful
P.S- please note that don’t attempt the Cotonou route if you are an ajebo. EXTREMELY terrible road.

Ok getting to the institution, i was informed I have have sent to do attestation for my international passport at their la Mairie, omo mehn where do I know...
Hmm I took a cab and the crowd i saw at the la mairie was unexpected... the last time I saw such was in uni while queuing to get accommodation. To cut it short, I got it done an hour after, went back to the institute and registration done and I returned back to lag jejely.

Went back for the exams 4 days after, roads still terribly bad, journey stressful, hotel was a lil good. The exam was the following day, got here right on time but we were delayed for no reason. The exam CBT and we got our results for CO and EO on immediately after the exam. We had to wait for 15 working days for EE and EO... I had B2 again except for CO where I had a B1 again.

Right now I’m at a cross road, still not sure of the next time but I’m sure not giving up.

Analysis————I believe TCF is easier than TEF especially for beginners just that it’s only done in port Harcourt.


Apparently, some of us need TEF exam to boost our scores. I therefore created this thread to serve as a meeting place for all TEF candidates.

Let's share ideas and rub minds together. Two good heads, they say, are better than one.
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