DELF DALF Diplomas
The National French Language Proficiency Examinations

 

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).

 

Duration of examinations DELF / DALF CEFRL User

3 hours 30 mins.
4hours

DALF C2
DALF C1

C2
C1

proficient

2hours 30 mins.
1hour 45 mins.

DELF B2
DELF B1

B2
B1

independent

1hours 40 mins.
1hour 20 mins.

DELF A2
DELF A1

A2
A1

basic

There are also special versions of DELF diplomas for adolescents (DELF junior). These are structured in the same way as the adult versions, but the themes used are chosen to suit preadolescent and adolescent candidates.

 

The DELF DALF examinations presented in Malaysia are:

  • DELF DALF Tout Public for General Public from 17 years old

  • DELF Junior for children aged from 12 to 17 years old

  • DELF Scolaire for schoolchildren who are in the selected Government schools

  • DELF Prim for children from 8 to 12 years old (LFKL in May & AFKL in June)

  • DELF Pro for professionals working in a French-speaking environment (November)

 

Malaysia, with the experience of subscribing to the DELF DALF since 1998, have been registering more than 22,000 registered candidates and on yearly basis about 2,000 registrations for DELF DALF.

 

DELF Scolaire is at the moment one of the popular international and definitely recognised foreign examination that receives tremendous support from all the parties that are involved in making the DELF a success.

 

Candidates who received the DELF DALF diplomas as an attestation of their level of French acknowledged by the Ministry of Education of France benefits from having a diploma that is:

  • For life

  • Recognised internationally

  • Proof of proficiency for education purpose – to enter into the French Universities system (DELF B2 and above) or for work purpose

  • Adds to the CV

Each examination comprises sections testing the four skills: oral production & reception and written production & reception. Holders of the DELF B2 or DALF diplomas are exempted from language entrance examinations in French universities.

Want to know more about the DELF DALF exams? Find out on CIEP website:

 

 

Description of the levels of CEFRL, Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Council of Europe):

 

 

ÉTENDUE LINGUISTIQUE GÉNÉRALE

C2

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

C1

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

B2

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

B1

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

A2

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

A1

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Student at Alliance Française de Kuala Lumpur (AFKL)?

Find out which DELF you can sit for, according to the class you’re taking!

 

  • At the end of Basic 2, you can sit for DELF A1

  • At the end of Intermediate 3, you can sit for DELF A2

  • At the end of Independent 5, you can sit for DELF B1

  • At the end of Advanced 5, you can sit for DELF B2

  • At the end of Proficient 5, you can sit for DELF C1

 

With 90% of success amongst students of AFKL, the best way to find out if you are ready to sit for DELF DALF is to ask your teacher!

Check our tips to get ready for the exam.

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