TEF and NCLC Equivalency Chart

EOI NCLC  Reading Listening Writing Speaking
+40 11 >277 >333 >415 >415
+40 10 263-277 316-333 393-415 393-415
+40 9 248-262 298-315 371-392 371-392
+35 8 233-247 280-297 349-370 349-370
+30 7 207-232 249-279 310-348 310-348
+20 6 181-206 217-248 271-309 271-309
+10 5 151-180 181-216 226-270 226-270
0 4 121-150 145-180 181-225 181-225
N/A 1-3 <121 <145 <181 <181

 

TEF is Test d’évaluation de français.  For more information, visit https://www.lefrancaisdesaffaires.fr/tests-diplomes/test-evaluation-francais-tef/.

NCLC is Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens, which is the French version of Canadian Language Benchmarks.  For more information, visit the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks at www.language.ca.

In the Expression of Interest (EOI) system of PEI PNP, potential applicants of the Business Impact Category can get up to 40 points for English language ability.

The minimum language requirement of PEI PNP Business Impact Category is NCLC 4 for English.

The language test such as as TEF must be written within the last 2 years.  TEF is accepted for the Business Impact Category but e-TEF is not accepted.

The lowest score achieved in the 4 skills (Reading, Listening, Writing, Speaking) is the score of the applicant.

 

Examples

Potential Applicant Reading Listening Writing Speaking NCLC EOI
Julie 150 245 291 293 4 + 0
Pierre 208 284 322 333 7 + 30
Kevin 112 154 197 202 3 X
Alexandre 134 207 188 197 4 + 0

 

Bonus 10 Points in EOI

If an applicant has both NCLC 4 in an acceptable French test and CLB 4 in an acceptable English test, the applicant can get a bonus of 10 points in the EOI.