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Purpose of the TESTCan

The TESTCan is a standardized French proficiency test used to determine if your knowledge of the language is sufficient to meet the admission requirements of the Canadian postsecondary institutions or the linguistic requirements of the professional associations of Canada. The scores will also give you a good idea of the additional training you might need in French.

Description of the Test

The TESTCan measures four skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Each test component is briefly described below.

LISTENING: This test is made up of about 40 multiple-choice or short-answer questions based on recorded material (dialogues, advertisements, interviews, brief lectures) delivered at normal speed. This section lasts 50 minutes overall; the length of each passage varies from one to five minutes.

READING: This skill is measured in two sections. The first is a quick-reading test (Skimming and Scanning), which lasts 15 minutes. You will have to quickly read authentic texts (newspapers, university calendars, webpages, bibliographies, etc.) to find specific information. The second, which is 50 minutes in length, evaluates your reading comprehension. You will be asked to read passages from 400 to 700 words and then to answer multiple-choice and short-answer questions. You will also complete a cloze test where 25 words elements have been deleted from the text. You will have to choose the appropriate words among those given in a list.

WRITING : In this test, you have to write a text on a provided topic in a maximum of 45 minutes.

SPEAKING: During a face-to-face interview with to evaluators, you will be asked to answer to questions about your personal and professional life, as well as more general topics. The interviews last about 15 minutes.