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TEF French Resident Card

TEF Carte de résident (French Evaluation Test for French residency card) is an instrument of international standard used to assess the level of French of non-Francophones. The test is designed, distributed and administered by the CCIP : Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris. Inflexyon French examination centre in Lyon holds approximately one TEF Carte de résident exam session each month.

Since 2018, anyone under the age of 65 applying for the first time for a 10-year residence permit (resident card) must have a certified level of French equivalent to level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This applies to each of the four language skills (written and oral comprehension, written and oral production). 

TEF “Carte de résident” is composed of 4 parts : 

  • oral comprehension – approximately 10 minutes
  • oral expression – approximately 10 minutes
  • written comprehension – approximately 30 minutes
  • written expression – approximately 20 minutes

Inflexyon offers the electronic version of TEF Carte de résident. The certificate with the results and level is available approximately one month after the test and it is valid for 2 years. 

Before applying and to prepare for the test, please visit the following links: Useful information / Exam Preparation

TEF “Carte de résident” in Lyon – dates, prices and registration

If you want to improve your French level before sitting the TEF exam, we recommend you to register for our French classes in Lyon.


 French Intercultural Center of  Lyon

48, rue Quivogne
69002 Lyon FRANCE

For any further information regarding the TEF Examination Center, contact us!