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Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française/ Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française

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).

ADULT EXAMS


DELF tout public

  • Diplôme d'études en langue française
  • Public: adults
  • Levels evaluated: A1 to B2

DELF Pro

  • Diplôme d'études en langue française "option professionnelle"
  • Public: candidates seeking initial employment opportunities or promotion within a French-speaking work environment.
  • Levels evaluated: A1 to B2

DELF tout public

  • Diplôme approfondi de langue française
  • Public: adults
  • Levels evaluated: C1 to C2
Test d’Evaluation de Français (TEF)

Created in 1998 by the French Language Centre of the CCI Paris Ile-de- France, the TEF (Test d’Evaluation de Français) is an international benchmark test that measures your level of knowledge and skills in French

What is the TEF?

Officially recognized since 2012 by the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research as part of a first registration in undergraduate university studies, the TEF for studies in France assesses your written and spoken French skills.

The TEF for studies in France is compulsory for any foreign candidate student to a first enrollment in the first year license at a university in France.

Applicants must meet the requirements for both oral and written tests of the TEF and obtain at least 14 out of 20 in the written expression test to be eligible in the first year of license.

Why take the TEF?
  • To study in France (TEF for studies in France)
  • To obtain the French citizenship (TEF for Naturalization)
  • To Immigrate to Canada and to obtain the Canadian citizenship (TEF Canada)
  • To immigrate to Quebec (TEFAQ)
  • To certify one’s level of French at work, to assess the employees’ level of French through recruitment, to position students for training or for study abroad, etc.
What are the tests?

The TEF is conducted electronically (computer-based) or in print. No prior degree is required to sit the exam. The candidate must 16 years and up.

The goal of TEF is to evaluate the French skills of the candidate using a scale of 7 levels that range from 0+ level ( basic skills) to level 6 ( complete control ). This scale refers to:

  • 6 skill levels A1 to C2 of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) of the Council of Europe
  • 12 Canadian Language Benchmarks (NCLC-niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens).
The TEF for studies in France is composed of 4 tests:
  • Listening Comprehension : 40 min – 60 items
  • Reading Comprehension : 60 min – 50 items
  • Written Expression : 60 min – 2 topics to complete
  • and Structures : 30 min – 40 items

1 test in 5 parts:

3 written tests:

  • Reading Comprehension 60 min – 50 items – 300 points
  • Written Expression 60 min – 2 topics to complete – 450 points
  • Vocabulary and Structures 30 min – 40 items – 240 points
2 oral tests:
  • Listening Comprehension 40 min – 60 items – 360 points
  • Oral Expression 15 min – 2 topics to complete – 450 points
The procedures vary depending on the chosen version of TEF:
TEF for studies in

France
TEF for immigration to Canada (TEF Canada) TEF for French Nationality (TEF ANF) TEF for immigration to Quebec (TEFAQ)
Compulsory section Compulsory section for immigration Compulsory section Compulsory section
Listening Comprehension Listening Comprehension Listening Comprehension Listening Comprehension
Reading Comprehension Reading Comprehension Oral Expression Oral Expression
Vocabulary & Structure Oral Expression Optional section (main applicant)
Written Expression Written Expression Reading Comprehension
Compulsory section for Canadian nationality Written Expression
Listening Comprehension
Oral Expression

After the test, a certificate of results, which is valid for one year, is mailed to the applicant. It shows the scores on each section.

If desired, the candidate may take the test as much as he/she wants. However, a two-month waiting period is required between two successive sessions.

JUNIOR EXAMS

DELF Prim

  • Diplôme d'études en langue française
  • Public: children learning French as a Foreign Language at primary school (7 to 12 years old)
  • Levels evaluated: A1.1, A1, A2

DELF junior

  • Diplôme d'études en langue française
  • Public: preadolescent and adolescent candidates in secondary school (12 to 17 years old)
  • Levels evaluated: A1 to B2

DELF scolaire

  • Diplôme d'études en langue française
  • Public: preadolescent and adolescent candidates in secondary school (12 to 17 years old)
  • Levels evaluated: A1 to B2

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