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The diploma in advanced French language studies (DALF) is a diploma issued by the Ministry of National Education. It certifies aptitude in French as a foreign language. The DALF is made up of 2 independent diplomas that correspond to advanced levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: DALF C1 and DALF C2.

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Who is it for and why?

The DALF is an official diploma issued by the French Ministry of National Education. It certifies aptitude acquired in French as a foreign language.

DALF C1 and DALF C2 are recognised certifications that satisfy the language requirements for various processes, such as when applying to universities in France.

About the tests

The DALF exams are made up of several tests to evaluate the following competencies: listening comprehension, reading comprehension, written and verbal skills.

All of the tests have been designed from an action-based perspective as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, in which the language users are thought of as social actors needing to accomplish tasks (that are not only linguistic) in circumstances and a given environment within a particular area of action, whether personal, public, educational or professional.

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DALF C1

A language user at C1 level is self-sufficient. They are capable of natural and spontaneous communication. They have an extensive vocabulary and are able to choose an appropriate expression to convey their ideas. They produce clear, well constructed and unhesitating discourse that shows a fluent use of structures.

 

 

Test level: C1

 

Duration

 

Score out of

 

Listening comprehension

Answering comprehension questions based on recordings:

 

a long recording (interview, lesson, conference, etc.) lasting around 8 minutes (played twice)

several short broadcasts (news flashes, surveys, advertisements, etc.) (played once)

Maximum duration of recordings: 10 min

 

 

 

ca.

40 min

 

/25

 

Reading comprehension

Answering comprehension questions based on an opinion-based text (literary or journalism) of 1,500 to 2,000 words long.

 

50 min

 

/25

 

Written skills

There are two parts to the test:

 

summary based on several written texts with a total length of around 1,000 words

argumentative essay based on the content of texts

 

2 hours 30 min

 

/25

 

Verbal skills

Talk about several written texts, followed by a discussion with the assessors.

 

30 min

 

preparation: 1 hour

 

/25

Total duration of exam room tests: 4 hours

  • Total score out of 100.
  • Score needed to earn the diploma: 50/100
  • Minimum score required per test: 5/25

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DALF C2

Fluency in the language is conveyed by a degree of precision, balance and ease of expression. A C2 candidate is able to complete tasks at an academic or advanced level.

 

Test level: C2

 

Duration

 

Score out of

 

Listening comprehension and verbal skills

There are three parts to the test:

  • report on the content of a recording (played twice)
  • further expanding on the issue presented in the recording
  • debate with the assessors

 

test duration: 30 min

preparation: 1 hour

 

/50

 

Reading comprehension and written skills

Writing of a structured text (article, editorial, report, speech, etc.) based on a number of documents of around 2,000 words long

 

3 hours 30 min

 

/50

Total duration of exam room tests: 3 hours 30 min

  • Total score out of 100.
  • Score needed to earn the diploma: 50/100
  • Minimum score required per test: 10/50
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How to register

Register directly at approved exam centres. To register yourself or register DALF candidates, get in touch with the exam centre of your choice.

Results

The DALF tests are marked by teams that have been authorised to do so through training led by France Éducation international experts. The exam centres issue results to candidates after approval by assessors.

The assessors’ decisions cannot be appealed: candidates cannot contest their scores. If the candidate wants to see their test papers, they must contact the exam centre directly.

If eligible, a diploma that is valid for life will be issued. If not eligible, a transcript of scores may be provided to the candidate by their exam centre.

FAQ

Questions fréquentes sur le DELF-DALF

En cas de perte, pour demander un duplicata de votre diplôme, vous devez écrire à delfdalf@france-education-international.fr en transmettant les informations suivantes :

  • vos prénom(s) et nom(s)
  • votre date de naissance
  • votre code candidat (si vous le connaissez)
  • la ville de votre centre d'examen
  • la date de la session (année et, si possible, mois)
  • le niveau de votre diplôme (A1.1-C2)
  • et votre adresse postale complète.

Si vous repérez un possible dysfonctionnement dans votre centre d’examen, veuillez le signaler à nos services grâce à l'adresse électronique suivante : signalement.dilfdelfdalftcf@france-education-international.fr

Un dysfonctionnement peut être observé dans les conditions d’accueil des candidats, dans l’organisation des passations des épreuves collectives, dans l’organisation des passations des épreuves individuelles, dans le comportement des surveillants ou des examinateurs ou dans les infrastructures du centre.

Non. Toute personne souhaitant valider ses compétences en français langue étrangère peut se présenter à une session du DELF et du DALF sans aucun prérequis.

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