How to pass the TCF? TV5MONDE's advice and strategies


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Train with TV5MONDE

TV5MONDE's TCF simulator is the best way to train before taking the real TCF. It approximates real exam conditions and the questions are designed by the same teams as the official TCF.

In addition to the TV5MONDE simulator, follow these tips to increase your chances of success.

Tips for all the tests

Before the exam

  • Inform yourself about the material offered at the centre (on computer or on paper), how the tests will be conducted, their content, the length of each test, the format of the answer sheet (read the candidate's handbook downloadable from the France Éducation international website).
  • Practice answering the questions according to the medium: tick boxes on an answer sheet (on paper) or click on the buttons on the screen (on a computer).

During the exam

  • Read the instructions carefully.
  • Answer all the questions.
  • Save your time!

Tips for the listening comprehension test

Composition and progress

  • The start of a question is indicated to the candidate by an audible signal.
  • There are several question formats, find out about them in our TCF practice sessions.
  • The difficulty of the questions increases and their theme changes from one to the next.
  • During the listening comprehension test, each question has a set duration, and the move to the next question is made automatically, without your intervention. You must wait until the end of the current question.
  • Please note: you will only hear the audio document and the question once, you will hear the question after hearing the audio document, the questions are not written in the candidate booklet.

Before the exam

  • Practice moving from one topic to another and staying focused for 30 minutes.
  • Practice listening to and understanding audio documents with just one listen.
  • Practice answering questions asked after just one listen to an audio document.
  • Practice imagining words that might be spoken by characters shown in a photo or drawing.
  • While listening to an audio document, note down the key words and ideas in the document. Then, little by little, stop writing down these key words and ideas, and practise memorising them. In life, you don't always have anything to write down (paper, pen) what you hear. On exam day neither.
  • While listening to an audio document, practise imagining what questions might be asked about it.
  • While listening to an audio document, practise quickly identifying the communication situation: who is talking to whom? for what purpose? For what purpose?

During the exam

  • You will only hear the audio document and the question once: so listen carefully.
  • For the exercises associated with the instruction "Listen to the audio document and the question."Try to read the four answer choices before listening to the audio document.

Tips for the mastery of language structures test

Grammar and vocabulary

The exercises in this test are gap-fill exercises. The instructions written in the candidate's booklet are always the same: choose the correct answer.

Before the exam

Practice the exercises on offer: remember, there is only one possible answer.

During the exam

You manage your time. You will be able to go back. If you hesitate too long, move on to the next question.

Tips for the reading comprehension test

Composition and flow

The exercises proposed in this test always include the following elements: 

  • a document to be read;
  • a question written in the candidate's booklet;
  • 4 answer choices written in the candidate's booklet. These exercises are all grouped under the instruction: "Read the documents. For each question, choose the correct answer and tick a box on the answer sheet."

    Before the exam

    Practice the different methods of reading a text: spotting key words, scanning a text to find specific information, identifying the passage of text to which the question relates, etc.

    During the exam

    • You manage your time. You will be able to go back. If you hesitate for too long, move on to the next question.
    • Read the question and the 4 answer choices before reading the text of the document.

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