DELF - Diploma in French Language Studies

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DELF is an official diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify that foreign candidates have achieved a certain level of French. DELF covers 4 independent diplomas corresponding to the first four levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

DELF A1

This level recognizes a basic level of knowledge. This is the most basic language level and is known as the "Breakthrough" level. At this stage, students can interact with others in simple ways: they can talk about themselves and their immediate environment.

Descriptions of examinations:

Descriptions of examinations DELF A1

Type of test : A1DurationMark out of
Listening :
Comprehension questionnaires dealing with three or four very short recordings on everyday life (played twice).
Maximum duration of recordings : 3 mins
Approximately 20 minutes/25
Reading :
Comprehension questionnaires dealing with four or five written documents on everyday life.
0h30/25
Writing :
Two part test:
-filling in a record, a form
-writing simple phrases (postcards, message, stories etc) on everyday topics.
>0h30/25
Speaking :
Three part test :
-guided conversation
-exchanging information
-role-play.
5 to 7 mins
Preparation : 10 mins
/25

total duration of all tests : 1h20
total mark out of 100
overall pass mark : 50/100
Pass mark per test : 5/25

DELF A2

DELF A2 is a similar level and further validates the skills of a basic language user, considered to be a social actor. The candidate is able to perform simple tasks in everyday life. They are able to use the most common polite forms of address and exchange.

Descriptions of examinations:

Descriptions of examinations DELF A2

Type of test : A2DurationMark out of
Listening :
Comprehension questionnaires dealing with three or four very short recordings on everyday life (played twice).
Maximum duration of recordings : 5 mins
Approximately
25 minutes
/25
Reading : Comprehension questionnaires dealing with four or five written documents on everyday life.0h30/25
Writing :
Two short pieces of writing (letter to a friend or message)
-describe an event or personal experiences
-invite, thank, say sorry, ask for something, give information, congratulate in writing …
0h45/25
Speaking :
Three part test :
-guided conversation
-exchanging information
-role-play.
6 to 8 mins
Preparation : 10 mins
/25

total duration of all tests : 1h40
total mark out of 100
overall pass mark : 50/100
Pass mark per test : 5/25

DELF B1

Speakers at this level are now becoming more independent. They are now capable of maintaining a conversation: they can understand and follow a discussion and give opinions. They are able to handle unexpected situations arising in everyday life.

Descriptions of examinations:

Descriptions of examinations DELF B1

Type of test : B1DurationMark out of
Listening :
Comprehension questionnaires dealing with three recordings (played twice).
Maximum duration of recordings : 6 mins
Approximately 25 minutes/25
Reading :
Comprehension questionnaires dealing with two written documents :
-extract useful information concerning a particular task
-analyse the contents of a document of general interest.
0h35/25
Writing :
Express personal opinions on a general topic (essay, letter, article etc).
0h45/25
Speaking :
Three part test :
-guided conversation
-interactive exercise
-expressing an opinion on a document designed to elicit a reaction.
Approximately 15 mins
Preparation : 10 mins (only for the 3rd part of the test)
/25

total duration of all tests : 1h45
total mark out of 100
overall pass mark : 50/100
Pass mark per test : 5/25

DELF B2

At the B2 level, a degree of independence has been acquired which allows the speaker to defend their opinions, develop their points of view and negotiate with others. At this level, candidates should find social discourse easy and be capable of correcting their own mistakes.

Descriptions of examinations:

Descriptions of examinations DELF B2

Type of test : B2Duration
Listening :
Comprehension questionnaires dealing with three recordings :
-interview, news bulletin etc (played once)
-presentation, lecture, speech, documentary, radio or television programme (played twice).
Maximum duration of recordings : 8 mins
Approximately
30 minutes
/25
Reading :
Comprehension questionnaires dealing with two written documents :
-text of an informational nature regarding France or the French-speaking world
-text of an argumentative nature.
1h/25
Writing :
Taking a personal stand (contributing to a debate, formal letter, review of a film/book)
1h/25
Speaking :
Stating and defending an opinion based on a short document designed to elicit a reaction.
Approximately 20 mins
Preparation : 30 mins
/25

total duration of all tests : 2h30
total mark out of 100
overall pass mark : 50/100
Pass mark per test : 5/25

Who can register?

If you are a foreigner and you wish to improve your skills in French for personal or professional purposes: you can opt for the DELF and/or DALF.
If you are French originating from a non-French speaking country and do not hold a secondary education diploma or higher: you can opt for the DELF and/or DALF.

Which diploma is best for me?

The DELF and DALF diplomas are independent: you are therefore free to attend the examination of your choice. You can also take exams for several diplomas during a single session.

Where do I register?

  • On the ILCF website : Enrolment for an exam
  • At the secretary's office of ILCF Lyon, at 23 place Carnot, in the 2nd Arrondissement of Lyon.
  • By e-mail
  • By phone : 00 33 - (0)4 72 32 50 53

Calendar and Prices

Go to our dedicated page "calendar and prices" or download the Examination schedule 2019-2020 (fr)

How should I prepare for my exams?

The intensive half-year programme and the semi-intensive half-year programme taught at the ILCF include preparation for the DELF and DALF according to the level of your group.