A universal test to assess your French language capabilities

TCF is flexible, widely recognised for studying in French-speaking universities, for citizenship or for immigration purposes.

Description & structure

TCF:  Test de Connaissance du Français
/ French Language Evaluation Test. It allows non-native speakers of French to obtain a simple, effective and precise evaluation of their skills in comprehension and expression.

Click here to access the “Manuel du candidat” (in French).

Candidates will receive a certificate issued by the French Ministry of Education. It is valid for 2 years from taking the test.

The certificate shows results with a total score between 100 and 699 as well as a mention of the corresponding Common European Reference Framework for Languages level, from A1 to C2:

TCF: The exam consists of 3 tests: a compulsory test and two optional tests (composition and oral). You may take the tests in different sessions. However, for taking only the optional tests, you must have a valid compulsory test certificate.
For French nationality purposes, starting from 1 April 2020, candidates have to take all the 3 tests in the same session and achieve B1 level minimum.

TCF Canada: All the tests of the exam are compulsory. In order to qualify to score points for Canada immigration purposes, candidates need to achieve B2 (Advanced) level minimum.

For further information about TCF, visit the France Education International (formerly CIEP)  website.
For further information about Canadian immigration application, visit IRCC.


TCF compulsory test: HK$ 1,750
Reading comprehension, listening comprehension, and language structures (grammar and vocabulary).

TCF optional tests:
Composition (writing) - HK$ 850
Oral (speaking) - HK$ 850

TCF Canada: HK$3,450
Reading comprehension, listening comprehension, language structures, composition and oral.

Next sessions & registration dates

Unless clearly advised otherwise, all exams are organised at HK Scout Centre and AF Jordan Centre during business hours.
We reserve the right to add extra days for each session.



TCF Canada

Thursday 21 January 2021 FULL

From 21 November to 21 December 2020


Tuesday 23 February 2021

From 23 December 2020 to 23 January 2021

TCF Canada

Tuesday 9 March 2021

From 9 January to 9 February 2021

TCF Canada

Thursday 6 May 2021

From 6 March to 6 April 2021


Tuesday 1 June 2021

From 1 April to 1 May 2021

TCF Canada

Tuesday 7 September 2021

From 7 July to 7 August 2021

TCF Canada

Tuesday 5 October 2021

From 9 August to 7 September 2021


Tuesday 2 November 2021

From 2 September to 2 October 2021

How to register

    1. Read through the information on this page.
    2. Register at our centres: you may register at the reception of any one of our centres (Jordan, Shatin, Wanchai). 
    3. Register online: please click here to download the exam form:

    TCF Registration Form  TCF Canada  Registration Form

         4. Purchase online your exam (Enable only during registration period).

    TCF obligatoire TCF option écrite  TCF option orale  TCF Canada

       5. When the online payment is successful, you will receive by email a receipt and a payment reference.

       6. Please send your examination registration form together with the payment reference to

       7. You will then receive a confirmation email from AFHK.

       8. You will receive your exam schedule by email two weeks before the examinations.

       9. If you have any questions, please contact Mme Branda Chan on 2738 2714 or


    • All TCF candidates who register for TCF option orale (Oral/speaking test) must provide a color passport size photo (digital copy please email to: at the time of registration. This photo will be printed on the certificate.
    • Test fees are neither refundable nor transferable
    • Seats are limited for compulsory test, and limited to 16 for TCF option orale - Oral/speaking test. 


    About four weeks after the tests, we will inform you by email to collect the certificates issued by FEI of the French Ministry of Education. Please note that delays are often experienced due to the pandemic.

    Candidates from Mainland China - we may arrange the certificate to be sent by SF Express (paid by receiver).
    Candidates from other countries - we may arrange the certificate to be sent by Speedpost, but you have to inform us and pay the relevant courier fees in advance.

    N.B. Results will NOT be disclosed via phone or email.

    How to prepare

    1. Group courses: we offer group courses from A1 to C1 levels in Wanchai, Jordan and Shatin. Not sure what your level is? Click here to make a Placement test.  Our staff will contact you to discuss course options.
    2. Private tuition: personalised training and flexible scheduling, private tuition is a great way to get ready before your exam. Visit our website for more details or contact us at
    3. Resources:
      1. Radio France International: practice for the listening examination.
      2. Didier FLE: online activities to prepare for TCF.
      3. TV5MONDE: online activities to prepare for TCF.
      4. CIEP: a list of useful resources.
      5. Our multimedia library also stocks a variety of books to help you prepare for the TCF.
      6. Not sure what your level is? Take this free online self-assessment created by the CIEP and RFI (page in French).

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