Delf A1

(tout public / All audiences )  

For Who ? 

It is an official exam that assesses French language skills for anyone who needs to certify their level of French for personal, professional or academic reasons.

WHat is expected from the candidate ?  

I can...

I'm an AFSF student, when can I take the exam? 

You can take the DELF A1  exam when you complete the Beginner level at the end of Beginner 4 (A1.4). 

How is it composed?


 Listening 4 exercises 20 minutes
Listen and understand audio documents such as public announcement, radio show, conversation 
three or four very short recordings (3 min max) about every day life (played twice). 

📖 Reading 4 exercises 30 minutes
Read four or five written documents about every day life to get information, directions, follow instructions ...  

✍️ Writing 2 exercises 30 minutes
The activities can vary, examples : filling a form,   writing an email to answer someone, write a post on a forum. 

💬 Speaking 3 tasks 5 to 7 minutes  / prep time : 10 minutes

- guided conversation (Approximately 1 minute)
- exchanging information (Approximately 2 minutes)
- role-play (Approximately 2 minutes).

themes :  family, presentation, habits, ....

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 (in French only)  Detailed information about this exam (in French only) 

HOW to prepare for the DELF A1 

Official ressources & grading explanations
Additional official ressources (listening ) 

Need some help to get ready? Book private classes with a great AFSF teacher and master the exam! 

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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