Test de français dadmission

Purpose of the Test and for Whom

Undergraduate Studies

In keeping with the Université de Montréal’s academic regulations on language requirements, all applicants whose previous schooling does not attest to an adequate proficiency in French are notified that they have to take a test measuring their proficiency in oral and written French.

Graduate Studies

Applicants to graduate programs whose mother tongue is other than French, or whose previous studies have not been done in French, may be notified by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to take the Test de français dadmission. Depending on the level of proficiency required by the chosen program, the Dean may turn down a candidate’s application whose results are too low, or may admit the candidate on the condition that he or she obtains satisfactory results in one or more French courses. Applicants wishing to know if they will have to write the test should contact the department or program director.

Responsibility of the Applicant

Any applicant receiving notification is required to take the test within the specified time limit and according to the conditions set for the program he or she wishes to enrol in. If an applicant misses taking the test, his/her file will be closed. If admitted and depending on his/her program and his/her results on the different parts of the test, the applicant may have to take French courses in order to improve language proficiency, thereby improving chances of academic success at a French-speaking institution like the Université de Montréal.

The Test de français dadmission consists of two parts, the first of which is the Test de français international (TFI) from Educational Testing Service (ETS). In addition, applicants must write a two-page text on a given subject.

Applicants Residing Outside Québec at the Time They Apply

All applicants residing outside Québec have to take the TFI in the province or country they reside at the time they apply. These applicants or the persons representing them in Québec are required to contact the Centre de communication écrite as soon as possible: they will be given direction (cce@umontreal.ca). Attention: please consult the Dates limites section.


Applicants who have successfully written the TFI, if eligible and if required by the Faculty for their chosen programs, will receive convocation to write the composition at Université de Montréal a few days before the beginning of the semester.

Test Proceedings

Test de français international

The TFI consists of 180 multiple-choice questions. It includes an oral comprehension section (42 minutes) and a written comprehension section (68 minutes). Examinees are not allowed to leave the testing room until the end of the test.


Candidates must write a two-pages text on a given subject. They will have an hour to complete the task. No particular preparation is required for this part of the test.The Centre de communication écrite reserves the right to mark only the compositions the results of which pertain to regulations on linguistic requirements related either to admission or to pursuit of program. Other compositions will be kept for later marking if required. An additional $20 fee will be charged to the candidates who fail to attend this part of the test on the planned session and need to be sent another convocation.

Neither grammar nor dictionaries of any form are allowed during the test.


Getting Ready for the TFI

  1. Candidates can buy the Guide de préparation au Test de français international, published in 2010 by ETS Canada, including advice on how to prepare for the test, a mini-test and a full length version.
  2. In order to prepare for the test, please access Examinee Handbook (PDF).
  3. It is also possible to prepare for TFI (which measures oral and written comprehension) by reading as often as possible in French (newspapers, magazines, books, etc.) and by seeking out opportunities to hear spoken French (listening to the radio, watching television and viewing French movies, etc.) so as to improve comprehension of French in different contexts or situations.

Required TFI Scores for Undergraduate Programs

According to university regulations on language requirements, the applicant must pass the TFI with the score required for the program chosen. See Required TFI Scores for Undergraduate Programs.

Rules and Procedures Pertaining to the TFI

  1. Once their application has been submitted, applicants receive convocation from Université de Montréal. They must take the TFI within the prescribed time limits and conditions for the programs chosen, otherwise their application will be rejected.

  2. You are allowed to write the TFI one time only at Université de Montréal after your application has been submitted. If you write the test elsewhere, the UdeM will consider the first valid result it receives, whether or not you pass the test. Only one score is considered for a given application. Applicants are not allowed to submit more than one score for the same semester.

  3. Period of validity for the TFI written outside Université de Montréal:

    • Applications for the fall semester:  The TFI must be written after the 1st of September in the year preceding admission;
    • Applications for the winter semester:  The TFI must be written after the 1st of January in the year preceding admission;
    • Applications for the spring semester: The TFI must be written after the 1st of May in the year preceding admission.
  4. Admission deadlines set for writing the TFI:

    Winter 2018: The deadline set for all programs is the beginning of the semester. However, it is strongly recommended to write the French test before December 2017 in order to avoid any delay in the processing of your application.

    Summer 2018: The deadline set for all programs is the beginning of the semester.

    Fall 2018 - The Test de français d’admission requirements must be met on or before the final date specified for each program:

    Dates limites

    Receiving your result at CCE

    at the latest:


    12 juillet 2018

    • Tous les programmes autres que ceux mentionnés ci-dessous

    16 mars 2018

    • Doctorat en médecine (M.D.) (1-450-1-0)
    • Année préparatoire en médecine (M.D.) (1-450-4-0)
    • Qualification en pharmacie (1-675-1-2)

    29 mars 2018

    • Doctorat en pharmacie (1-675-1-1)
    • Doctorat en médecine dentaire (1-300-1-0)
    • Doctorat en médecine vétérinaire (1-580-1-0)
    • Année préparatoire en optométrie (1-655-4-0)
    • Baccalauréat en sciences de la santé (ergothérapie) (1-740-1-1)
    • Baccalauréat en sciences de la santé (physiothérapie) (1-745-1-1)
    • Baccalauréat en nutrition (1-320-1-0)
    • Actualisation de formation en nutrition (1-320-1-8)

    30 avril 2018

    • Baccalauréat en droit (1-325-1-0)
    • Programmes de la Faculté d’aménagement
    • Programmes de la Faculté des sciences de l’éducation

    31 mai 2018

    • Baccalauréat en sciences biomédicales (1-484-1-0)
    • Baccalauréat en microbiologie et immunologie (1-500-1-0)
    • Baccalauréat en neurosciences (1-530-1-0)
    • Baccalauréat en sciences biopharmaceutiques (1-670-1-0)
    • Baccalauréat en kinésiologie (1-352-1-0)
    • Majeure en soins préhospitaliers d'urgence avancés (1-483-2-0)

    • Programmes de la Faculté des sciences infirmières

    Programmes de la Faculté des arts et des sciences :

    • Baccalauréat en biochimie et médecine moléculaire (1-465-1-1)
    • Baccalauréat en études internationales (1-960-1-3)
    • Baccalauréat en neuroscience cognitive (1-220-1-2)
    • Baccalauréat en relations industrielles (1-230-1-0)
    • Baccalauréat en sécurité et études policières (1-066-1-0)
    • Baccalauréat en travail social (1-250-1-1) (1-250-1-5)
    • Baccalauréat, majeure, mineure en criminologie (1-065-10) (1‑065-2-0) (1-065-4-0)
    • Baccalauréat, majeure, mineure en psychologie (1-220-1-0) (1‑220-1-9) (1-220-2-0) (1-220-4-0)
    • Baccalauréat, majeure, mineure en sciences biologiques (1‑235‑1-0) (1-235-2-0) (1-235-4-0)
    • Baccalauréat, majeure, mineure en sciences de la communication (1-225-1-0) (1-225-2-0) (1-225-4-0)
    • Baccalauréat, mineure en psychoéducation (1-210-1-0) (1‑210‑4‑0)

    31 août 2018

    • Programmes de la Faculté de l’éducation permanente
    * Attention : if you write the TFI outside the Université de Montréal, please allow 3 to 4 weeks to get your result and send it to the Centre de communication écrite.


If you write the TFI at the Université de Montréal, note that your result will be sent on time to the Service de l'admission et du recrutement.














Exemption Request

If a candidate to Undergraduate Programs has applied at Université de Montréal and has received a notice of convocation for the test, he or she may apply for an exemption under certain conditions (see Formulaire de demande de dispense). Note that minor changes were made ​​to these conditions and are effective starting in the winter admission 2016.


The form “Test de français d’admission – demande de dispense” can be downloaded in PDF format. Simply click on the link above and save the file to your computer. You can then complete the form and send it by e-mail with all the supporting documents.


Person with Disabilities


At the University of Montreal, in accordance with the Politique d’intégration des étudiants en situation de handicap (Students with Disabilities Policy), a candidate with functional disabilities that are recognized by the Soutien aux étudiants en situation de handicap (Support Service for Students with Disabilities) is entitled to special accommodation measures.
















If you feel that situation applies to you, please contact le service de Soutien aux étudiants en situation de handicap BEFORE you sign up for a test session:

Soutien aux étudiants en situation de handicap (SESH)
















Pavillon J.-A.-DeSève
2332, boul. Édouard-Montpetit, bureau A-0304

Métro Édouard-Montpetit


Important Information

If for a valid reason a candidate cannot take the test, he or she must write to the Centre de communication écrite immediately upon receiving the convocation: cce@umontreal.ca.


No reimbursement of test fees, except in the case an applicant is informed of a refusal of admission to all programs BEFORE he or she writes the test at Université de Montréal.


The test results will be transmitted to the Office of admissions and recruitment by the Centre de communication écrite. As well, during the test session, candidates will be told when they will receive their result by email.

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