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Rights and responsibilities of DELF-DALF candidates

Each candidate for DELF and DALF tests has rights and responsibilities related to the exam.


The candidate has the right to:

  • register directly for the exam of their choice without having to verify that they have achieved a prior level of this exam, or any other test.
  • register at the approved exam centre of their choice.
  • to sit an exam as many times as they want until they achieve the diploma, on condition of having obtained their results before moving to a new registration.
  • receive specific arrangements if they have a disability, as long as they provide a medical certificate two months before the date of the tests.
  • re-enrol for the following exam session after publication of the results, regardless of whether they have passed or failed the exam.
  • request that their registration be reimbursed or transferred to the following session in the event of a justified absence (a medical certificate must be provided).

It is the candidate’s responsibility to:

  • respect the registration period for registering with an exam centre.
  • send all the information required for registration (contact details).
  • settle the cost of registration fees within the period indicated.
  • choose the version of the exam that corresponds to their profile (older teens and adults: “tout public” or “Pro”; children in secondary school: “junior” and “scolaire”; children in primary school: “Prim”).
  • send their candidate number to the exam centre if they have already sat a DELF or DALF exam.
  • indicate any disability by providing medical certificate at time of registration.

Notifications and test periods

The candidate has the right to:

  • receive an individual notification with the dates and times of the tests.
  • use a monolingual dictionary – only for DALF C1 verbal skills, DALF C2 reading comprehension/written skills and listening comprehension/ verbal skills.
  • leave the exam location during tests after the first hour temporarily or definitively
  • receive draft paper to prepare their answers.
  • in exam room tests, listen to the invigilator’s instructions that explain the structure of the tests and the rules to follow.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to:

  • arrive at the test at the time indicated on their notification.
  • present a valid form of ID on the day of the exam.
  • put away all of their personal items, switch off their electronic devices and place them where indicated by the invigilator.
  • write with a black or blue pen.
  • respect the anonymity of the exam: the candidate must not sign their paper or use their real first name or surname in answers, but instead use a pseudonym.
  • have a calm and respectful attitude towards invigilators and other candidates.

Penalties will be incurred if the candidate does not respect these rules.

Diplomas and results

The candidate has the right to:

  • receive their results within a reasonable period (maximum: 2 months).
  • receive a temporary certificate of achievement from their exam centre if they have requested one.
  • receive a diploma that is valid for life and printed on non-forgeable security paper.
  • have their tests double-marked (two markers for the exam room tests and two assessors for the individual tests, excluding the DELF Prim, in which one assessor is required for the individual test).
  • be impartially assessed.
  • see their corrected paper, regardless of the result, in line with the methods specified by the exam centre.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to:

  • accept their results: the assessors make the final decisions, which are definitive. The candidate cannot contest their results, unless there has been a fault in the materials or an irregularity in the test conditions.

Data protection

France Éducation international and the exam centres guarantee respect for and protection of candidates’ personal data. This will not be passed on to third parties and will be used exclusively for the organisation’s administrative purposes and to carry out the exams.