What is the Diplôme d 'études en langue française

DELF (Diplôme d'études en langue française) is the official international certification of the French language established by the French Ministry of Education. It is recognized around the world, does not have validity date and certifies the skills of the candidate\'s knowledge of French language (written and spoken).

DELF can be taken at one of four levels: A1 and A2 (basic) and B1 and B2 (Independent). There is also a junior version of DELF - for young people, designed like an exam for adults but with a different theme.

Each exam consists of four parts examining language skills. The exam is conducted in one day. Each exam can be taken any number of times.

DELF exam consists of four parts:

  • Listening (from 20 to 30 minutes depending on the level) - listening to tape recordings (3 to 4 recordings, each about 3 to 10 minutes long depending on the level) about the daily life and answering questions about heard text.
  • Reading Comprehension (30 minutes to 1 hour depending on level) - answering the questions on the texts of everyday life. Depending on the level you get from 3 to 5 short texts, or two longer. Topic of texts depends on the level.
  • Writting (from 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on level) - most commonly you need to write two articles on given topics in the precisely defined form such as: short story, letter, essay, review, etc.
  • Speaking (10 to 20 minutes) - a short conversation on general topics of everyday life. Preparation time before conversations start is about 10 to 30 minutes.

DELF dates
Examinations are held in January and June.

DELF tests
All tests, questions and sample recordings used during the exam in previous years are available on: www.ciep.fr.

Eveluations and results of DELF exam
In each of the four parts of the exam, you can earn a maximum of 25 points. The exam is passed when you gain 50 points, additionally in every part you need to get at least 5 points.