Hello and well done!
You have decided to take the TEF Canada or TEFaQ test (French evaluation test adapted to Quebec)
As we are here to help you, let us explain how the test will take place. There are four (4) tests, two of which are compulsory:
COMPULSORY ORAL TESTS
Listening comprehension (OC) 40 min – 60 questions – 360 points
The oral comprehension test is in the form of a Multiple Choice Questionnaire (MCQ) comprising 60 questions.
The oral materials for this test correspond to everyday life situations (conversation, public announcements, excerpts from a radio broadcast, etc.).
Oral Expression (EO) 15 min – 2 sections to be covered – 450 points
The oral expression test is presented in the form of role-playing games which mobilize know-how and interpersonal skills in everyday situations. From written documents of daily life (announcement, letter, advertisement, etc.), candidates must obtain information or information, present a document and convince their interlocutor (examiner).
section A: gathering information, asking questions
section B: present a document, argue to convince, assess and compare
OPTIONAL/ ADDITIONAL WRITTEN TESTS
Reading Comprehension (CE): 60 min – 50 questions – 300 points
Written Expression (EE): 60 min – 2 topics to cover – 450 points
DESCRIPTION OF THE ORAL COMPREHENSION TEST:
The oral comprehension test takes the form of a Multiple Choice Questionnaire (MCQ) of 60 questions lasting approximately 40-45 minutes in total. This test presents a variety of materials and activities to assess your listening comprehension skills in different contexts. The test takes place on a computer connected to the Internet and this allows you to obtain your results at the end of the session.
Let’s start by looking at the different types of questions:
QUESTIONS 1 TO 8
For these questions you will hear 2 messages with 4 questions per message, either a dialogue between two or more people or a series of short monologues for which you will have to relate images to what is described in the message. These will be different situations from everyday life depending on the messages, for example a dialogue between two friends, between a teacher and his students, or even a description of products, people, places, activities, etc. And each message will be broadcast TWO (2) TIMES.
For example, you hear someone describe their new neighbors. 5 images are proposed. You must find the 4 images that correspond to the 4 neighbors described. You must indicate the images according to their order of appearance in the message.
QUESTIONS 9 to 14
For these questions you will hear ONCE ONLY 6 messages of the message type on the answering machine which reflect concrete situations of everyday life and you will have to answer 1 question per message, either identify the nature of the message, say if it is a message of the family, friendly, professional or advertising type. For example, a mother calls her daughter to wish her a happy birthday, you will have to specify that it is a family type message.
QUESTIONS 15 to 20
For these questions you will hear again ONLY ONCE the SAME 6 answering machine messages from questions 9 to 14 you will have to answer 1 question per message, but this time must identify the reason for which the people are calling. For example, a mother calls her daughter to wish her a happy birthday, you will have to indicate that the person is calling to wish her a happy birthday.
QUESTIONS 21 to 28
For these questions you will hear 4 messages ONLY ONCE and you will have to answer 2 questions per message. These messages will be announcements in a public place and for each message, you will have to identify
– the context of the message (1st question): where is the message disseminated? Who is he talking to ?
– the main information (2nd question): what is announced, signaled or requested? What is the goal ?
These messages will still be concrete situations of everyday life. For example, advertisements displayed in a store, an airport, a train station, a cinema, on the street, etc.
QUESTIONS 29 to 34
For these questions you will hear 6 messages ONLY ONCE and you will have to answer 1 question per message. These messages will be radio information (extracted from a newspaper broadcast on the radio) and for each message, you will have to recognize the theme of the information broadcast by indicating to which section of the newspaper the information belongs (Ecology – Economy – International – Weather– Political – Social – Tourism – Transport, etc. ..)
QUESTIONS 35 to 40
For these questions you will hear 6 messages ONLY ONCE and will have to answer 1 question per message. These messages will be surveys in the street (micro-sidewalk) with the answers of 6 people questioned on the same subject. For each message, you will have to understand the opinions expressed on the subject (a daily subject) and indicate what the opinion of the interviewee is.
For example, 6 people are questioned on the following subject: "Are you for or against the use of mobile phones in schools?" ". For each answer, you must indicate whether the person is for, against, etc.
QUESTIONS 41 to 50
For these questions you will hear 3 messages TWICE and you will have to answer 3 or 4 questions depending on the messages. These will be long messages, radio dialogues (debate, presentation, interview, etc.), concrete or abstract, daily or professional situations. For example, an interview with a scientist on an environmental issue, a debate around a social fact, etc. For each message, you will have to: recognize the main and secondary ideas, identify the important details and appreciate the nuances of judgment.
QUESTIONS 51 to 60
For these last questions you will hear 10 messages ONLY ONCE and you will have to answer 1 question per message. These messages will be short sentences extracted from simple and concrete situations of everyday life and for each message, you will have to indicate if the sentence you hear corresponds or does NOT correspond to the sentence you read.
DESCRIPTION OF THE ORAL EXPRESSION TEST
In this test, you will have to speak as much as possible and participate in TWO discussions (the test consists of two sections), in the form of role plays which reflect everyday situations.
Thus, you will have a first part, section A where your objective will be to gather information and ask as many questions as possible , and a second part, section B where you will have TWO objectives (1) to present a document and (2) argue to convince .
For each of the two sections, you will have 1 minute of preparation, and the duration of the exchanges of section A will be 5 minutes, and that of section B will be 10 minutes.
You will be assessed on your communication skills and your language skills (grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation).
GOOD LUCK !
– You can register and take the TEF at the TEF center in Montreal at 3565 rue Berri Place du Cercle ( ALC Montreal ).
– the test offered by the CCIP (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris), and you can find more information about the test at the following address: