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5.2 Professional Master’s, DESS and short Graduate programs

Fluency in French

Students must have passed the Test de français international (TFI) or its equivalent in the 12 months prior to applying for admission, respecting the minimum cutoff level set by Polytechnique Montréal.

Applicants are free to choose their language test from the list of accepted tests.

The test result is a condition for admission and is one of the required items that will be considered in evaluating the application.

Accepted equivalencies

The results of the following tests are accepted as meeting the language condition for admission:

TFI Test de français international 605 à 990
DELF Diplôme d'études en langue française B2
DALF Diplôme approfondi de langue française C1 et C2
TCF* Test de connaissance du français B2, C1 et C2 (400 à 699)
TEF* Test d'évaluation du français (in French only) B2, C1 et C2 (541 à 900)

*The following tests are not accepted: TCF pour l'accès à la nationalité française, TCF pour le Québec, TEF adapté au Québec (TEFaQ) and TEF pour la naturalisation.

Exemptions from the French test

Candidates may be exempted if they meet one of the following conditions: 

  • Secondary studies carried out in an education system recognized as francophone by Polytechnique (list of countries);
  • Secondary studies carried out in French in Canada, not counting French language learning programs with host families or those aimed at newcomers.
  • Diploma of College Studies (DEC) in a francophone CÉGEP in Québec;
  • Diploma of College Studies (DEC) in an anglophone CÉGEP in Québec;
  • University degree from a francophone University in Canada;
  • University degree (3-year degree minimum) from a francophone university located out of Canada (diploma and transcript written in French originally);
  • Being an OIQ (Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec) member and having met the OIQ's language requirements (proof of valid registration).

List of countries whose education systems are recognized as francophone by Polytechnique Montréal

Belgium (French system) Congo (People's Republic) Mali
Benin Djibouti Niger
Burkina Faso France* Rwanda
Burundi Gabon Senegal
Cameroon (French system) Guinea Switzerland (French system)
Central African Republic Ivory Coast Togo
Comoros (Union of the) Luxembourg  
Congo (Democratic Republic) Madagascar  

*Candidates who have carried out their studies within the French teaching system in a country whose official language is not French may also be exempted from the TFI or its equivalent. They must present the official results of the expected French tests from France’s Baccalauréat général or Baccalauréat technologique as proof of attendance at a French lycée (high school) abroad.

Where can language tests be taken?

Polytechnique Montréal does not offer Test de français international (TFI) sessions. Applicants for admission must sign up for a public test session.

As well, applicants for admission at Polytechnique Montréal may not attend TFI sessions organized by Université de Montréal. These sessions are reserved exclusively for Université de Montréal applicants. Application files and conditions for admission to Polytechnique Montréal are independent of those for Université de Montréal.

Candidates may take the language test at the location of their choice. Tests are offered in many countries.
TEF : (website in French only)

Transmission of results (required document)

Originals and copies of test results are accepted. If you take a TFI, when you register for the test you may request that the results be sent directly to Polytechnique Montréal.