Dalf C1

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For Who ? 

The DALF C1 can be required to join some French Grandes Écoles. Furthermore, it constitutes an advantage for CampusFrance files, for scholarship applications, for Canadian immigration, and for access to some jobs.

What is expected from the candidate ?  

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How is it composed?


Listening 40 minutes
Comprehension questionnaires dealing with recordings:
- a long recording (interview, lesson, conference...) approximately eight minutes long (played twice)
- several short radio broadcasts (newsflashes, surveys, adverts etc) (played once).

Maximum duration of recordings: 10 mins

📖 Reading 50 minutes
Comprehension questionnaires dealing with a text of ideas (literacy or journalistic), 1,500 to 2,000 words long.

✍️ Writing 2 hours and 30 minutes
Two parts test:
- Summarize several written documents totalling approximately 1,000 words
- write an essay with supporting arguments on the documents contents.

💬 Speaking 30 minutes  / prep time : 1 hour

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

Each part scores 25 points of a total of 100 points. To pass the exam, you must get 50/100 or 50%. The minimum mark required per test is 5/25.If you pass the exam, you will get a diploma valid for life.

The listening, reading and writing are group examinations held on one day or a half day.  

The speaking part may be scheduled on a different day depending on examinators' availability and number off candidate. For the speaking part the candidate is alone with a jury of 2 examinators. 

  Detailed information about this exam  Detailed information about this exam 

HOW to prepare for the DALF C1

Official resources & grading explanations
Additional official ressources (listening) 

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CAlenDar and Exam fees 

Calendar and Fees  Calendar and Fees 


 It is not possible to change the time of your exam. There will probably be some waiting time between some of your
examination parts. 

The speaking part may be scheduled on a different day depending on examinators' availability and number off candidate. 

Please respect the schedule you receive as we are on a tight schedule and  plan to arrive onsite 15 minutes before your first exam. 

You will receive your official notification by email 1 week before the exam. Please check the email you use to register. Only the times on this notification must be taken into account, the information on your invoice is only informative. 

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