DELF (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française) and DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) are official qualifications awarded by the
French Ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside France in the French language according to the Common
European Framework of Reference for Languages (proficiency
levels A1 through C2), taking into account all four linguistic competences: writing, reading, speaking and listening.
Created by a team of psychometricians and experts in language testing, these tests are recognized on an international level and often used
by foreign education ministries as a scale to evaluate their students’ level in French.
Which diploma is right for me?
The diplomas that make up DELF and DALF are completely independent. This means that candidates can register for the examination of their
choice, according to their level. All examinations include the four skills at every level, with varying degrees of interaction and mediation
required depending on the level. A score of at least 50/100 is required in order to be awarded the diploma; awarded diplomas are valid for
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.
Each examination evaluates the four communication skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking.
Please note that the day of the oral exams may differ from the day of the written exam indicated below, depending on the number of
candidates and availability of the examinators.
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