CÉFRANC preparation at ALC Montreal

(Achievement tests in written French for teaching)

The school boards have adopted a human resources staffing policy making it compulsory to pass a test used to measure the quality of written French for access to positions in the education sector. The Céfranc is one of the compulsory tests requested.

Being a Céfranc holder is a condition for pursuing studies in all teacher training programs in French-speaking Quebec universities in order to obtain the teaching certificate. The purpose of this test is “ to ensure the quality of the written language used by the candidates for teaching ” (excerpt from the CÉFRANC preparation guide

Preparation for CEFRANC

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ALC Montreal Céfranc preparation course will cover the two aspects of the test, namely the writing part and the grammar and spelling part, with teaching provided by specialists, using in-depth teaching tools and effective revision strategies. . An assessment of your progress and exam simulations guarantee real progress.

ALC Montreal teachers will teach you to master the required knowledge, to approach your exam strategically, to maintain a certain pace and to manage your stress.

Your prior level in written French is important, you must pass a specific evaluation test  before we can confirm your registration for the Céfranc preparation course.

You must have passed both parts to meet the written French requirement for teacher education programs. For each of the two tests, the pass mark is set at 60%. This threshold may, however, change depending on the relevance granted by the chosen School Board.

It is therefore essential that you are well trained in order to focus on the essentials: passing the test

That's why ALC Montreal offers you a winning program ensuring you success and rapid progress regardless of your professional sector.

Private lessons formula

For a personalized preparation according to your needs and your availability – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. of your choice
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The ALC Montreal courses will ensure that you write correctly and according to the CÉFRANC criteria, the opinion-taking of 400 words - Lexical and grammatical spelling - development of argumentation and coherence in a text - review of vocabulary and punctuation.

ALC Montreal courses will ensure you pass the grammar and spelling test successfully - training to quickly identify a rule - strategic vocabulary review - ability to identify a faulty element in the sentence such as an anglicism or a bad participle agreement pass

  • From 1 to 5 classes per week
  • 2 hours of lessons/class
  • Times according to your availability between 8:30 and 21:00

Costs: See private lessons

Attention: Your prior level in written French is important, you must pass an evaluation test before we can confirm your registration for the CÉFRANC preparation course.

Sample Questions

Here are some examples that may give you a clearer idea of ​​what to expect when you take the CÉFRANC.

Examples of essential points seen in class to ensure you pass the CÉFRANC

The vocabulary used must be precise and varied, so avoid:

a) Anglicisms, example: appointment (appointment).

b) archaisms, example: relying on someone (trusting…).

c) colloquial terms example: the student must operate or popular, (take charge).

Syntax errors can take several forms:

bad choice of a pronoun:

examples: I understand the problem you are telling me about.

Correction: I understand the problem you are telling me about.

Anything that interests them

Correction: Anything that interests them;

example: give me this book/and not give me this book;


example: 8 p.m. and not 8 p.m.;

gender and number agreements (masculine and feminine, singular and plural);

conjugations (time, mode, person, number).

The punctuation must respect the rules of use. The following mistakes should be avoided:

– a dot that breaks the sentence,

example: I will not come. Because I have to work.

Correction: I will not come, because I have to work.

– a comma between the subject and the verb,

example: The trainee from the mathematics class will arrive tomorrow.

Correction : The math class intern will be arriving tomorrow.

– a bad punctuation mark.

example: He wants to know what time you will be back? (… you will come back.)