The TCF - Tout Public is the language level test of the French Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports. It assesses the general French language skills of people whose mother tongue is not French.
TCF is made up of 3 compulsory tests and 2 optional tests. The compulsory examinations involve listening, proficiency in language structures and reading, the optional examinations consist of speaking and writing. You must have passed the compulsory examinations to be able to take the optional examinations. The optional examinations can be taken on dates different to the compulsory examinations, on the condition that they are taken within the test's validity period.
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All the TCF tests (except the oral expression test, which takes place in front of an examiner) are offered on computer. This is not an online test, but an application installed on the exam computers. Computer-based exams have many advantages:
In 2020, a survey of 3592 TCF candidates showed that 89.1% of candidates were satisfied with the TCF on computer.
The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) maintains a list of recognised language certificates. Listed are exams by the Goethe-Institut and the French exam TCF - Tout Public that Swiss Exams offers. The fide language passport serves as proof for naturalisation, residence permit (B) and settlement permit (C). The language passport can be applied for TCF (only with Épreuves complémentaires) at the fide office (costs CHF 20.-). The easiest way to get a fide Sprachenpass in Switzerland!
This is the quickest and easiest way to get your fide language pass! If you have successfully passed a Goethe-Institut exam or the French exam TCF - Tout Public (Test de connaissance du français), all you need to do is fill out he form below and send in the supporting documents.