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DELF Junior

The DELF junior is a diploma issued by the French Ministry of National Education in recognition of French-language studies. The tests are adapted to the teenage lifestyle and correspond to the interests of teens.

The DELF examinations are recognized around the world, and your child will receive a diploma valid for the rest of his or her life!

The DELF diplomas evaluate a student’s ability to communicate, both orally and verbally, with actual Francophones.

The DELF junior and DELF scolaire examinations assess students at four levels (A1, A2, B1, B2), which correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

DELF

The DELF and DALF are diplomas awarded by the French Ministry of Education to prove the French-language skills of non-French candidates.

There are six independent diplomas, which correspond, respectively, to the six levels of the Council of Europe' s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).

DELF (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française) and DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) are official qualifications awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside France in the French language.

DELF is composed of 4 independent diplomas that correspond to the levels of the Common European Framwork of Reference for Languages.

  • International standards for test development
  • The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • The 6 diplomas that make up DELF and DALF are completely independent. This means that candidates can register for the examination of their choice, according to their level.

At each level, 4 skills are evaluated: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

CECRL DELF User
A1 DELF A1 Basic
A1 DELF A2
B1 DELF B1 Independent
B1 DELF B2

The examinations can be taken in 1 186 approved examination centres in 173 countries, including France. The DELF and DALF qualifications are consistent with:

Practical information
Who can take the diplomas?

If you are not French and would like your French skills to be recognised for personal or professional purposes

You can take DELF and/or DALF.

If you are a non-French-speaking French person.

You can obtain authorisation from the National Commission for DELF and DALF to take the DELF examinations.

Which diploma should I take?

The DELF and DALF diplomas are independent, so you can take the examination of your choice. You can also sit the examinations for a number of diplomas during the same examination session.

Where do I register?

Candidates must register in approved examination centres in France or outside France. You can register in one country or in different countries, and there are no time limits.

How much does registration cost?

Outside France, the cost of registering for each diploma is set by the Department for cooperation and cultural affairs (SCAC) of the French embassy and the National Commission. In France, it is set by the local education offices. For information on fees, contact the examination centre where you would like to take the diploma(s).

TCF for Quebec

Public: anyone, regardless of their nationality and native language, who wishes to begin permanent immigration procedures with the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion.

The TCF for Quebec has been designed to meet the demands of Quebecoise authorities, which make taking the tests and standardised French examinations obligatory and systematic within the context of procedures for obtaining the Certificat de Sélection du Québec (CSQ) (Quebec Selection Certificate) leading to the issuance of a permanent visa. French and francophone people are also affected by this.

The Quebecoise authorities also recognize, as an exemption, the complete TCF tout public with the speaking expression as well as DELF and DALF diplomas (subject to obtaining a minimum score in the oral comprehension and oral expression examinations and a validity of less than 2 years).

From 1 August 2013, the Quebecoise authorities require a minimum B2 level to issue a maximum of 16 points for this linguistic evaluation.

TCF - Test de connaissance du français

It comprises three compulsory examinations and two supplementary examinations.

The three compulsory examinations (76 questions *)

* The computer version of the test comprises 91 questions. The 15 additional question of the computer version will not be counted when calculating the final score. They enable the CIEP to analyse the validity of questions. The time given to take this computerised examination is essentially the same as for the paper version (ten additional minutes).

Questions are multiple choice, comprising 76 questions in total. Only one out of the four answers offered for each question is correct. questions are presented in order of increasing difficulty, ranging from level A1 to level C2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Listening (29 questions, 25 minutes)

The questions enable evaluation of your ability to understand spoken French, in particular:

  • current words and expressions in daily communication (dialogues, interviews, discussions, speaking on the telephone, etc.);
  • the essentials in messages and public announcements;
  • information on people, facts or events on radio or television programmes related to the news or on personal, professional or educational subjects;
  • reports on tangible or abstract topics;
  • all kinds of dialogue delivered in a standard flow.

The recordings are representative of oral communication such as you may hear in France or francophone countries, particularly involving extracts from the Radio France Internationale (RFI) station(link is external).

Three compulsory examinations Two optional examinations
76 questions 1 hour 25 minutes Listening 29 questions 25 minutes 1 hour 12 minutes Speaking 12 minutes
Proficiency in language structures 18 questions 15 minutes Writing 60 minutes
Reading 29 questions 45 minutes
Proficiency in language structures: grammar and vocabulary (18 questions, 15 minutes)
  • The questions assess your ability to identify and select the correct wording in syntactic and lexical structures..
  • The questions are always associated with communication situations and French or francophone contexts.
Reading (29 questions, 45 minutes)

The questions test your abilities to understand:

  • very simple familiar nouns, words and phrases used in communication situations (friendly or administrative messages and letters);
  • information contained in common documents (classified ads, prospectus, menus and timetables, etc.);
  • information on people, facts or events (personal letters);
  • texts in common language that is relevant to daily life or work;
  • articles and reports in which the authors take a stand on concrete or abstract subjects;
  • long and complex factual or literary texts from academic articles; abstract texts or complex extracts from works, academic articles, literary works.

The documents are representative of those you may read in France or in francophone countries.

Tips and tricks for taking this examination:

  • arrive 30 to 45 minutes before the test begins;
  • don't forget your form of identity and a black pen;
  • listen carefully to the invigilator's instructions;
  • listen carefully to aural documents and questions as you will hear them just once;
  • read the instructions carefully;
  • read the questions carefully and use the time available to you to think about your answers. Don't just write anything down;
  • if you hesitate too long, move on to the next question; write your answer on the answer sheet. Never write on the booklet.
The two optional examinations
Speaking (interview lasting a maximum of 12 minutes)

The speaking examination is taken individually and is in the form of a face-to-face interview with an examiner.

  • This examination comprises 3 tasks, and you will have time to prepare for one of these .
  • These 3 tasks evaluate the candidate on the six levels of the scale on the Common European Framework of Reference (from level A1 to level C2).
  • The interview is recorded, assessed a first time by the examiner, then sent to the CIEP for a second evaluation. Each recording always undergoes a double marking.

Description of the tasks:

  • Task 1 – Interview given without preparation.
    The exchange lasts: 2 minutes
    Objective of the task: the candidate must prove that they can have an exchange with a person that they do not know (the examiner).
  • Task 2 – Exercise in interaction with preparation.
    Duration: 5 minutes 30 seconds (of which 2 minutes are given to preparation time, during which the candidate is permitted to take short notes)
    Objective of the task: the candidate must prove their ability to obtain information in a situation in modern daily life . The roles of the examiner and the candidate are specified in the instructions.
  • Task 3 – Expression of a point of view without preparation.
    The exchange lasts: 4 minutes 30 seconds
    Objective of the task: the candidate must prove their ability to speak in a spontaneous, continuous and convincing manner when answering a question asked by the examiner.

The candidate is assessed on their ability to:

  • talk about themselves, their surroundings, family and job;
  • ask questions related to the given communication situation;
  • give their opinion and explain the advantages and disadvantages of a project, express their agreement and disagreement;
  • present a clear and structured argument in a style appropriate to the context;
  • present complex subjects in a detailed and structured manner, develop them and conclude them.
Writing (60 minutes)

This examination comprises three tasks presented in an increasing order of difficulty.

Description of the tasks:

  • Task 1: writing a message to describe, recount and/or explain, addressed to one or several recipients, whose role was specified in the instructions.
    Number of words expected: minimum 60 words/maximum 120 words.
  • Task 2:Writing an article, a letter, a note, etc. intended for several recipients to report on an experience or tell a story. Reports and accounts will be accompanied by commentaries, opinions or arguments, depending on the objective (e.g.: to claim, to reconcile, etc.).
    Number of words expected: minimum 120 words/maximum 150 words.
  • Task 3: writing a text (for a newspaper, website, colleague, manager, etc.) that compares two points of view on a social reality, expressed in two short and simple documents of approximately 90 words each. The candidate takes a stand on the topic highlighted in the two documents.
    Number of words expected: minimum 120 words/maximum 180 words. I.e., between 40 and 60 words for the 1st part of the task and between 80 and 120 words for the 2nd part of the task.

Candidates are assessed on their ability to:

  • communicate a message clearly;
  • provide the information requested;
  • describe, recount, and explain;
  • justify a choice, position, decision, etc.;
  • link ideas and exercise consistency in discourse;
  • compare two points of view;
  • express their opinion and argue it;
  • use vocabulary and structures adapted to the relevant task;
  • be capable of summarizing and rewording.