How can I understand my training results?


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The TCF assesses six levels of knowledge of French, defined according to the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. In the interests of readability, the names of these levels have been simplified.

The TV5MONDE simulator offers placement on bands of levels. Here are the rules applied on the simulator in 80 questions: 
  • A1 not reached: 0 correct answers
  • A1 / A2: between 1 and 8 correct answers
  • A2 / B1: between 9 and 23 correct answers
  • B1 / B2: between 24 and 47 correct answers
  • B2 / C1: between 48 and 69 correct answers
  • C1 / C2: more than 75 correct answers

We advise you to use the 80-question simulator for a more reliable assessment of your level. The 40-question practice sessions will give you a less accurate result.

In all cases, the results are indicative and will not guarantee you the same score when you take the official TCF.

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Find below the description of each level.


Excellent command of the language. Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read and summarise coherently. Can express him/herself very fluently and with differentiation and nuance on complex subjects.


Good command of the language. Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts containing implicit information. Can express him/herself fluently and in a well-structured way on social, professional or academic matters and on complex subjects.


General and spontaneous command of the language. Can understand the main points of a complex text. He/she can take part in a conversation on a general or professional topic in a clear and detailed way, giving reasoned opinions.


Effective but limited command of the language. Can understand clear standard input on familiar matters. Can get by when travelling, talk about interests and give brief explanations of a project or idea.


Elementary command of the language. Can understand isolated sentences relating to familiar matters. He/she can communicate in everyday situations, and raise issues that concern him/her using simple means.


Basic command of French. Can understand simple, concrete situations relating to everyday life. Can communicate in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly.

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