TCF IRN
French knowledge test
Integration, Residency and Nationality

Take your TCF IRN exam in Bordeaux with Newdeal Institut to determine your level of French and obtain your certificate which enables you to apply for a French residency card (level A2) or for French nationality (level B1).

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 IRN demande de Nationalité et carte de séjour
TCF – INTEGRATION, RESIDENCE ET NATIONALITE
EPREUVE SUR ORDINATEURDURÉE
Compréhension orale (20 questions)15 Minutes
Compréhension écrite (20 questions)20 Minutes
Expression écrite (3 exercices)30 Minutes
Expression orale (3 exercices)10 Minutes

DETAILS OF THE TCF IRN TESTS

The TCF IRN is composed of 4 parts, and lasts around 1 hour and 45 minutes :

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. Written comprehension: The test consists of 3 writing exercises: lasting 30 minutes
  4. 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

TCF IRN demande de Nationalité et carte de séjour

Duration

around 1 hour 45 minutes

Assessed Skills

Written and oral comprehension skills in the form of multiple choicce questions, written tests and interviews with examiners

Format

Individually assessed on the computer
with an audio headset

the CEFR level is assessed

Level A1 - OFII citizen
Level A2 - Residency card
Level B1 - French Nationality

Certificate valid for

2 years

Don't forget

your valid form of ID

Price includes VAT

160€
for the total time of all the tests

⚠️ All our TCF exam sessions are done on computers, located within our Bordeaux office. If you would like to take a paper-based exam, see here pages regarding the DELF A2 or DELF B1 which are valid diplomas for the same residency/nationality applications.

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.

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