A step by step learning -The different levels
None or poor knowledge of the language. Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Fundamental knowledge of the language. Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
Level B1 :
A relatively good knowledge of the language. Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
A good knowledge of the language. Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
A very good knowledge of the language. Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
An excellent knowledge of the language, up to a bilingual level. Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
Signification by category
|A||beginner and elementary|
|B||iintermediate 1 and 2|
|C||advanced 1 and 2|
TESTS & EXAMS – According to your level
|French FLE||English ESL|
|A 1 DILF TCF||Key English Test (KET)|
|A2 DELF TCF||Preliminary English Test (PET)|
|B1 DELF TCF||First Certificate in English (FCE)|
|B2 DELF/TFI/TCF*||Certificate in Advanced English(CAE) TOEFL/TOEIC|
|C1 DALF/TFI/TCF||Certificate in Advanced English(CAE)/ TOEFL/TOEIC|
|C2 DALF/TFI/TCF||Certificate of Proficiency in English(CPE)TOEFL/TOEIC|
TCF for Quebec
Since 16 October 2006, the Ministry of Immigration (MICC) of Quebec has required people submitting an immigration application for Quebec to give proof of their level of competency in French by taking the "TCF pour le Québec", or TCF for Quebec.
All candidates receive a certificate of results that positions them at one of the six levels (from A1 to C2) of the competency scale defined by the Council of Europe (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). This means that it is not possible to fail the TCF.
The TCF is a standardised and graded test designed by the CIEP, a language tester and member of ALTE, using an extremely rigorous method that makes it a genuine measuring instrument.
*This test can only be taken by candidates submitting an immigration application at a Quebec immigration office or at Délégations Générales du Québec, Quebec government offices.