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THE DELF, IN BRIEF

THE DELF, IN BRIEF

Definition of the DELF, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, types of tests, registration fees.

Definition of the DELF

The DELF (Diplôme d'études en langue française) is an examination set by the French Ministry of National Education.

An official diploma issued by the French Government :

  • The DELF was created in 1985 by the French Ministry of National Education. It is for foreigners only.

  • It is an official diploma with nation-wide rules comparable to the French baccalaureate.

  • The DELF certifies the French skills of foreign students. It consists of 6 independent diplomas corresponding to the 6 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (the CEFR).

Characteristics of the DELF:
  • Depending on your level, you can register directly for the examination of your choice.

  • At each level 4 skills are assessed: aural comprehension, oral expression, written comprehension and written expression.

CEFR: the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, as defined by the Council of Europe
  • Beginners :
    students with no knowledge of French

  • Elementary User (level A1) :
    Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very simple statements relating to specific needs. Can introduce oneself or someone else and ask or answer questions about personal details, such as one’s place of residence, friends and family, personal belongings, etc. Can hold a simple conversation if the other person speaks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

  • Elementary User (level A2) :
    Can understand individual phrases and common expressions relating to subjects of immediate concern, for instance simple information about oneself and one’s family, shopping, one’s immediate surroundings and work. Can communicate about simple routine tasks which require no more than a simple direct exchange of information on familiar subjects. Can describe in simple terms one’s background and immediate surroundings and address subjects related to one’s immediate needs.

  • Independent User (level B1) :
    Can understand the basic content of a complex text on a concrete or abstract subject, including a technical discussion in one’s specialist field. Can communicate with sufficient ease and spontaneity that a conversation with a native speaker does not involve effort on either side. Can express oneself in a clear, detailed manner on a wide range of subjects, pronounce an opinion on a topical issue and describe the pros and cons of different options.

  • Independent User (level B2) :
    Can understand a wide range of long and demanding texts and pick up on implicit meanings. Can express oneself spontaneously and fluently without too obviously having to grope for words. Can use language effectively and flexibly in one’s social, professional or academic life. Can express oneself on complex subjects in a clear, well-structured manner, displaying a command of the organisation, articulation and coherence of the material.

  • Experienced User (level C1) :
    Can understand a wide range of long and demanding texts and pick up on implicit meanings. Can express oneself spontaneously and fluently without too obviously having to grope for words. Can use language effectively and flexibly in one’s social, professional or academic life. Can express oneself on complex subjects in a clear, well-structured manner, displaying a command of the organisation, articulation and coherence of the material.

  • Experienced User (level C2) :
    Can understand without effort virtually everything one reads or hears. Can reproduce facts and arguments from different spoken and written sources, summarising them coherently. Can express oneself spontaneously with great fluency and precision, bringing out subtle nuances of meaning on complex subjects.

Types of tests
A1 A2 B1 B2
Oral comprehension Answer questions about 3 or 4 very short recordings relating to everyday situations (heard twice).

Maximum length of the recordings: 3 minutes
Answer questions about 3 or 4 short recordings relating to everyday situations (heard twice).

Maximum length of the recordings: 5 minutes
Answer questions about 3 recordings (heard twice).

Maximum length of the recordings: 6 minutes
Answer questions about 2 recordings :
- an interview / news bulletin (heard once) and a report
- lecture / speech / documentary / radio or TV program (heard twice).

Maximum length of the recordings: 8 minutes
Written comprehension Answer questions about about 4 or 5 written texts relating to everyday situations. Answer questions about 3 or 4 short written texts relating to everyday situations. Answer questions about 2 written texts:
- extract useful information about a given task
- analyze a text of general interest.
Answer questions about 2 written texts :
- a factual text about France or the French-speaking world
- a text putting forward an argument.
Written expression Written expression :
- fill out a form and compose simple sentences
- r(postcards, messages, captions) on everyday subjects.
Compose two brief written items (informal letter or message)
- describe an event or personal experiences;
- write a note of invitation, thanks, apology, enquiry, information, congratulations.
Express your own opinion on a general subject (essay, letter, article). Argue your personal opinion (contribution to a debate, formal letter, critical article).
Oral expression A three-part test :
- a guided interview,
- an exchange of information
- a simulated dialogue.
A three-part test :
- a guided interview,
- an exchange of information,
- a simulated dialogue.
A three-part test :
- a guided interview
- an interactive exercise
- and the expression of an opinion in reaction to a text.
Presentation and defense of an opinion in reaction to a short text.
Notes Total length of all the tests: 1 hour 20 minutes.

Maximum mark: 100

Minimum pass mark: 50 / 100

Minimum mark required per test: 5/25
Total length of all the tests: 1 hour 40 minutes.

Maximum mark: 100

Minimum pass mark: 50 / 100

Minimum mark required per test: 5/25
Total length of all the tests: 1 hour 45 minutes.

Maximum mark: 100

Minimum pass mark: 50 / 100

Minimum mark required per test: 5/25
Total length of all the tests: 2 hour 30 minutes.

Maximum mark: 100

Minimum pass mark: 50 / 100

Minimum mark required per test: 5/25

Registration Fees

The registration fees (set by the Board of Education) are 100 €uros per exam or 160 €uros for 2 exams and must be paid on arrival (these fees are subject to change).

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