PASSE TON DELF

Online preparation for the DELF/DALF tests

General and subject-specific French classes

What are the DELF and DALF exams?

In France, we love diplomas. So the Ministry of Education awards different certifications to validate your French skills, from beginner to advanced level.

There are six independent diplomas, which correspond respectively to the six levels of the Council of Europe' s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).
 

For each level, the following skills will be tested: reading comprehension, listening comprehension, writing skills, speaking skills.
 

The diplomas are internationally acknowledged and often used by the foreign Ministries of Education or international companies. There are more than 1,200 exam centres in 175 countries.

DELF tout public

Diplôme d'études en langue française

Public : adults

Levels evaluated : A1 to B2

DELF scolaire *

Diplôme d'études en langue française

 

Public : pre-teen and teen candidates in secondary school (12 to 17 years old)

 

Levels evaluated : A1 to B2

DELF prim

Diplôme d'études en langue française

Public : children learning French as a Foreign Language at primary school (7 to 12 years old)
Levels evaluated : A1.1, A1, A2

DELF pro

Diplôme d'études en langue française "option professionnelle"

Public : : candidates seeking initial employment opportunities or promotion within a French-speaking work environment
Levels evaluated : A1 to B2

DELF junior

Diplôme d'études en langue française

Public : pre-teen and teen candidates in secondary school (12 to 17 years old)

Levels evaluated : A1 to B2

DALF

Diplôme approfondi de langue française

 

Public : university students or adults in a professional environment


Levels evaluated : C1 and C2

* The Delf junior and the Delf scolaire tests are very similar. The same topics are given. The only difference is on the administrative level. If there is an agreement between the French embassy and the local authorities, candidates will take the Delf scolaire test. If there is no such agreement, they will take the Delf junior test. But the diplomas are exactly the same.   

What do the DELF and DALF exams consist in ?

All of the examinations have been designed to reflect the principle of action used by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which defines users of a language as social actors who have tasks to perform (that are not only linguistic) in given circumstances, in a given environment and within a specific area of action, which may be personal, public, academic or professional.
 

These examinations are based on your knowledge at linguistic, sociolinguistic and pragmatic levels. This ability can be used when performing varied language activities in comprehension, expression, interaction and mediation.
 

The examinations were therefore created to include the four skills at every level (reading comprehension, listening comprehension, writing skills, speaking skills), with varying degrees of interaction and mediation required depending on the level.

A mark of at least 50/100 is required in order to be awarded the diploma.
It must be remembered that neither the linguistic competency nor the adequacy of communication of spoken and written language can ever be evaluated in absolute terms. Rather, the minimum requirements for each level are different, and candidates cannot be penalised for not having knowledge that will come from future learning.

DELF A1

 

This level recognises basic knowledge. It is the most basic level at which a language is used, called the "discovery" stage. At this stage, you can interact in a simple way, you can speak about yourself and your immediate environment. 

Listening

20 minutes - 25 points

Comprehension questionnaires based on three or four very short recordings on everyday life situations (played twice).


Maximal duration of the recordings : 3 min

Reading

30 minutes - 25 points

 


Comprehension questionnaires based on four or five written documents on everyday life situations.

Writing

30 minutes - 25 points

Two-part test:


    -  fill in a form
    -  write simple sentences (postcard, message, caption...) on every day topics.

Speaking

5 to 7 minutes
(plus 10 minutes for preparation) - 25 points

Three-part test:


    -  guided conversation
    -  exchanging information
    -  role play.

Total duration of the test: 1 hour 40
 Total mark out of 100.
 Overall pass mark : 50 /100
 Pass mark per test : 5/25

 

DELF A2

 

DELF A2 is based on the same principle: it recognises the linguistic competency of a basic user, considered as a social actor. You should be able to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring the most common polite phrases and exchanges of information.

Listening

25 minutes - 25 points

Comprehension questionnaires based on three or four very short recordings on everyday life situations (played twice).


Maximal duration of the recordings : 5 min

Reading

30 minutes - 25 points

Comprehension questionnaires based on three or four written documents on everyday life situations.
 

Writing

45 minutes - 25 points 

Two short pieces of writing (letter to a friend, message):


-  describe an event or personal experiences
-  write to invite, thank, apologize, ask, congratulate…

Speaking

6 to 8  minutes (plus 10 for preparation) - 25 points

 

Three-part test:

      -  guided conversation
    -  exchanging information
    -  role play.

Total duration of the test: 2 hours
 Total mark out of 100.
 Overall pass mark : 50 /100
 Pass mark per test : 5/25

 

 
 
 
 

DELF B1

 

At this level, you become independent. You can maintain interaction, you can understand and be part of a discussion, and give your opinion. You are capable of dealing with situations likely to arise in daily life.
 

 

Listening

25 minutes - 25 points

Comprehension questionnaires based on three recordings (played twice).


Maximal duration of the recordings : 6 min

Reading

35 minutes - 25 points

Comprehension questionnaires based on two written documents:
    - extract useful information concerning a particular task
    - analyse the contents of a document of general interest.

Writing

45 minutes - 25 points 

Express personal opinions on a general topic (essay, letter, article etc).

Speaking

15 minutes (plus 10 min to prepare for the third part) - 25 points

Three-part test:
-  guided conversation
-  role play
-  expressing an opinion on a document designed to elicit a reaction.

Total duration of the test: 2 hours 10
 Total mark out of 100.
 Overall pass mark : 50 /100
 Pass mark per test : 5/25

 

DELF B2

 

As a B2 user, you have reached a degree of independence that allows you to present arguments to defend your opinion, explain your point of view and negotiate. You have a degree of fluency and spontaneity in regular interactions and you are capable of correcting your own mistakes.

 

Listening

30 minutes - 25 points

Comprehension questionnaires dealing with two recordings :
 

 - interview, news bulletin etc (played once)
 - presentation, lecture, speech, documentary, radio or television programme (played twice).

Maximum duration of recordings: 8 mins

Reading

1 hour - 25 points
 

Comprehension questionnaires based on two written documents:

    - informational text regarding France or the French-speaking world
    - argumentative text

Writing

1 hour - 25 points 

Taking a personal stand (contributing to a debate, formal letter, review of a film or a book).

Speaking

30 minutes (plus 20 min for preparation) - 25 points

Stating and defending an opinion based on a short document designed to elicit a reaction.

Total duration of the test: 3 hours 20
 Total mark out of 100.
 Overall pass mark : 50 /100
 Pass mark per test : 5/25

DALF C1

Language users at level C1 are independent. You can express yourself fluently and spontaneously. You have a large vocabulary and can choose the appropriate expression to introduce your comments. You can produce clear, well-structured discourse without hesitation and which shows controlled use of structures. 

Compréhension orale

40 minutes - sur 25 points

Réponse à des questions portant sur des documents enregistrés :
-  un document long (entretien, cours, conférence...) d'une durée d'environ huit minutes (deux écoutes)
-  plusieurs brefs documents radiodiffusés  (flashs d'informations, sondages, spots publicitaires...) (une écoute).
Durée maximale des documents : 10 mn

Compréhension écrite

50 minutes - sur 25 points

Réponse à un questionnaire de compréhension portant sur un texte d'idées (littéraire ou journalistique), de 1 500 à 2 000 mots.

Production écrite

2 heures 30 - 25 points 

Epreuve en deux parties :
- synthèse à partir de plusieurs documents écrits d'une longueur totale d'environ 1 000 mots
- essai argumenté à partir du contenu des documents. 
    deux domaines au choix du candidat : lettres et sciences humaines, sciences

Production orale

30 minutes (plus 1 heure de préparation) - 25 points

Exposé à partir de plusieurs documents écrits, suivi d'une discussion avec le jury.
   Deux domaines au choix du candidat : lettres et sciences humaines, sciences

Total duration of the test: 5 hours 30
 Total mark out of 100.
 Overall pass mark : 50 /100
 Pass mark per test : 5/25

Listening

40 minutes - 25 points

Comprehension questionnaires based on different recordings:

-  one long recording (interiew, class, lecture...) of about 8 minutes (played two times)
-  several short radio broadcasts (newsflashes, surveys, commercials...) (played one time).


Maximal duration of the recordings : 10 min

Reading

50 minutes - 25 points

Comprehension questionnaires based on a text of ideas (literary or journalistic), 1,500 to 2,000 words long.

Writing

2 hours 30 - 25 points 

Two-part test:

- Summarise several written documents totalling approximately 1,000 words
    - write an argumentative essay on the contents of the documents. 

   Candidates can choose between two fields: humanities and social studies, science 

Speaking

30 minutes (plus 1 hour for preparation) - 25 points

A presentation based on a series of written documents, followed by a discussion with the jury.


   Candidates can choose between two fields: humanities and social studies, science 

 

DALF C2

C2 users' proficiency in the language is illustrated by precision, appropriateness and fluency of expression. As a C2 candidate, you are capable of using the language for academic and advanced-level purposes. 

Total duration of the test: 5 hours
 Total mark out of 100.
 Overall pass mark : 50 / 100

 

Reading
and writing

3 hours 30 - 50 points 

Write a structured text (article, editorial, report, speech, etc) based on several documents of an approximate total of 2,000 words.



Candidates can choose between two fields: humanities and social studies, science

Listening
and speaking

30 minutes (plus 1 hour for preparation) - 50 points

Three-part test:
 

  - summary of the contents of a recording (played twice)
  - personal development based on the problem given in the recording
    - debate with the jury.

Candidates can choose between two fields: humanities and social studies, science