PIER is an accredited Center for the TCF (Test de Connaissance du Français). The TCF is a language placement test for non-native speakers of French who wish to obtain a simple, effective, and precise evaluation of their general language skills, whether it be for academic, professional, or personal reasons. Candidates to Sciences Po (Institut d’Etudes Politiques) are expected to take this exam to apply.
The TCF is made up of two parts:
1) The first part is divided into three mandatory tests:
- Compréhension orale / Listening comprehension
- Maîtrise des structures de la langue / Use of language structures
- Compréhension Écrite / Reading comprehension
PIER is also an accredited Center for the TCF-DAP (Test de Connaissance du Français pour la Demande d'Admission Préalable ˆ l'entrée dans les universités françaises), for candidates applying to enter a French university (1st year only), or a school of architecture.
The TCF-DAP is made up of two parts:
1) The first part is the same as for the TCF (see above).
2) There is also an additional written test, which is compulsory.
You can also take the TCF for Quebec, an exam specifically designed to be consistent with the standards of the Ministry of Immigration (MICC) of Quebec. This exam is only intended for people wishing to settle in Quebec. It is only valid for an immigration application and cannot be used for admission to a French university.
The TCF for Quebec includes two examinations:
Listening comprehension (30 questions). Duration of examination: 30 minutes
Spoken expression (6 questions). Duration of examination: 15 minutes
The TCF, the TCF-DAP, and the TCF for Quebec are valid for two years
How to register for the TCF:
If you are interested in taking the TCF, please download and complete this registration form and send it along with a check for the test and options you chose to the address below.
The fee for the minimum mandatory TCF test is $250.
The full exam (minimum test + 2 optional tests) is $320.
The fee for the TCF-DAP is $320.
The fee for the TCF Quebec is $250.
Checks should be payable to Yale University and be sent by mail to:
PIER - The MacMillan Center
Yale University, European Studies Council
P.O. Box 208206
New Haven, CT 06520-8206
How to practice for the TCF
There are many resources available to practice for the TCF.
- Guide officiel d’entraînement au TCF: www.didierfle.com
- Le Nouvel Entraînez-vous 250 activités – TCF: www.cle-inter.com
- CD-Rom d’entraînement au TCF: www.cned.fr
-Everything you need to know about the TCF on the CIEP website: http://www.ciep.fr/en/tcf/preparation.htm
-Sample tests on the RFI website: http://www.rfi.fr/lffr/questionnaires/073/questionnaire_19.asp
For more information, please contact Sharon Straka email at email@example.com or by telephone at (203) 432-3423.
You can also visit the websites of the CIEP (www.ciep.fr/en/tcf), the Cultural and Educational services of the French Embassy in the United States (www.frenchculture.org ), and Campus France (http://usa.campusfrance.org/fr/pages-transverses/bloc-actu-rouge/tcf-155.html) for information.
The candidates to Sciences Po should check this website: www.sciences-po.fr to find out more information concerning the conditions to apply.