OFFICIAL FRENCH KNOWLEDGE TEST
FOR THE RESIDENCY CARD
OR FRENCH NATIONALITY
The TCF IRN is the French Integration, Residency and Nationality test.
This French exam is designed to test your knowledge of the French language for applications for a residency permit in France (level A2) or access to French nationality (level B1).
The test stems from the French Ministry of Internal affairs (specifically the ‘Access to French Nationality’ department) commissioning an exam from ‘French Education International’, creating a French test that meets the needs of non-natives living in France. This test was introduced in January 2022.
Newdeal Institut is a French exam centre, approved by France Education International, for taking TCF Tests and DELF/DALF exams.
⚠️ If you have no or very limited French writing skills, please contact us.
|TCF – INTEGRATION, RESIDENCE ET NATIONALITE
|EPREUVE SUR ORDINATEUR
|Compréhension orale (20 questions)
|Compréhension écrite (20 questions)
|Expression écrite (3 exercices)
|Expression orale (3 exercices)
DETAILS OF THE TCF IRN TESTS
The TCF IRN is composed of 4 parts, and lasts around 1 hour and 45 minutes :
- Oral comprehension: This test is made up of 20 multiple-choice questions (each with four choices, including one correct answer) : this section lasts 15 minutes
Each recording is only played once. The questions are asked after listening to the audio.
- Writing Comprehension: This test is made up of 20 multiple-choice questions (each with four choices, including one correct answer) : This sections lasts 20 minutes
- Written comprehension: The test consists of 3 writing exercises: lasting 30 minutes
- Speaking: This individual part of the test consists of 3 exercises with an examiner : it lasts 10 minutes.
The levels you can attain
The TCF IRN Integration, Residence, and Nationality is for all individuals from foreign countries aged 16 or older who wish to validate their level of French before obtaining:
Validation as part of the OFII citizen course = > obtainlevel A1
– Apply for a long-term residency card = > obtain level A2
– apply for French nationality => obtain the level B2
AN KEY PART OF YOUR APPLICATION TO THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES (PRÉFECTURE)
For all validated and paid registrations for the exam, Newdeal Institut will provide a certificate of registration to enable you to justify your request to the local authorities.
In the event of passing an exam, an official certificate will be delivered to you via ‘France Education International’ and should be presented in conjunction with your file to the relevant authorities.
Please note, the tests are marked twice by France Education International in Paris, this means there is about a month’s wait before you can obtain your results.
The certificate acquired from the official result is valid for two years. We strongly encourage you to keep copies.
Please note that if you fail this test, it is possible to reapply provided you respect a minimum period of 30 days between two registrations.
The DELF A2 exam is also accepted for resideny card applications, as is the DELF B1 exam and the TEF IRN Exam for the application for French nationality.
Do you want to take a TCF IRN
to certify the level of your French in Bordeaux
or do you have any questions?