What is the DELF?
It is an official diploma awarded by France’s Ministry of Education. It is valid for life and recognized around the world.
What do DELF and DALF stand for?
- DELF = Diplôme d’études en langue française (Beginner and intermediate levels)
- DALF = Diplôme approfondi de langue française (Advanced level)
Why take the DELF?
- Measure and certify your French skills on an international scale
- Enroll in a French speaking university (Level B2 required)
- Work in a francophone region
- Enhance your resume and your professional mobility
What is assessed?
4 language competencies are evaluated with a total possible score of 100 marks.
- Listening comprehension
- Reading comprehension
- Writing skills
- Oral presentation and interaction
25 marks per section. You only need a total of 50/100 to receive certificate!
The test was not at all as scary as I thought it would be, and was good practice for me as I would like to take further DELF exams when I reach the appropriate level. There is honestly nothing to lose by taking it. Also the French Centre and professors here are extremely helpful in helping you prepare for the test.
Which exam should I take?
- DELF A1
UCalgary equivalent FREN 209
- DELF A2
UCalgary equivalent FREN 211 / FR 213
- DELF B1
UCalgary equivalent FREN 213 / FR 225
- DELF B2
UCalgary equivalent FREN 225 / 227 / 291 / 300-level courses
- DALF C1
UCalgary equivalent FREN 400-level courses
- DALF C2
UCalgary equivalent = FREN 500-level courses / Education Students
How much does it cost?
Where do I take the exam?
At the University of Calgary French Centre (Craigie Hall C302).
It gave me the opportunity to situate my level of French on an international scale. The exam was extremely complete and planning the topics were modern and extremely interesting to prepare... It is a long exam, but it is well worth it as the certification never expires and may open many doors in the workplace.
Practice exams and further reading
View tests and try out practice exams to get ready for your test. More resources can be found at our DELF/DALF page and France Education International's bibliography and articles page.