The DELF (Diplôme d'études en langue française) and the DALF (Diplôme approfondi de langue française) are French language examinations that consist of six diplomas.

These diplomas are awarded by the French Ministry of Education and certify a candidate's level of French proficiency.

 

What is the difference between the DELF and DALF?

The DELF examinations are taken at four individual levels: A1 and A2 (Beginner), B1 and B2 (Intermediate). The DALF examinations are taken at two individual levels: C1 and C2 (Advanced). Each examination is independent, meaning a candidate can register for the examination at whichever level they choose. Each examination evaluates French language abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking, although only the Listening and Speaking modules are required for Quebec immigration.

 

About the DELF/DALF exam

Listening ability

LevelTestDuration
A1 Listen to recordings and answer questions about everyday life. 20 minutes total
A2 Listen to recordings and answer questions about everyday life. 25 minutes total
B1 Listen to recordings and answer questions about everyday life. 25 minutes total
B2 Listen to recordings and answer questions on various topics. 30 minutes total
C1 Listen to recordings and answer questions on various topics. 40 minutes total

Speaking ability

LevelTestDuration
A1

Three part test consisting of a guided conversation,

exchanging information, and role-play.

5 to 7 minutes of conversation

A2

Three part test consisting of a guided conversation,

exchanging information, and role-play.

6 to 8 minutes of conversation

B1

Three part test consisting of a guided conversation,

interactive exercise, and expressing an opinion on a document.

15 minutes of conversation

B2 Stating and defending an opinion based on a short document.

20 minutes of conversation

C1

A presentation based on a series of written documents,

followed by a discussion with the examiner.

30 minutes of conversation

Listening/Speaking abilities

Level Test Duration
C2

Consists of three parts:

  • Write-up the contents of a recording regarding humanities or social studies/science
  • Personal development based on the problem given in the recording
  • Debate with the examiners
90 minutes total

 

How the DELF/DALF is graded according to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program

Diploma received DELF A1 DELF A2 DELF B1 DELF B2 DALF C1 DALF C2
Quebec Skilled Worker Language Points for
listening and speaking
0 0 0 5 6 7
Quebec Skilled Worker Language Points for
reading and writing
0 0 0 1 1 1

 

DELF/DALF Frequently Asked Questions

All applicants are required to take a French language test when submitting an application for permanent residency through the Quebec Skilled Worker Program if they are claiming points for language proficiency. Applicants may take the DELF/DALF or another proving French language ability.

  • DELF - An applicant must score at least 50 points out of 100 pass the level.
  • DALF C1 - A minimum of 50 points, in addition to at least 5 points per part is required to pass the level.
  • DALF C2 - A minimum of 50 points, in addition to at least 10 points per part, is required to pass the level.

Testing costs depend on the location where the test is being given. Contact the examination centre for specific prices.

Depending on the level of the test you are taking, it can take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to 4 hours.

In general, it takes 2 to 3 months to receive the results of the DELF/DALF from the date in which you took the examination.

You can take the examination as many times you want. However, you cannot take the examinations for a diploma that you already hold, unless you revoke the existing diploma in writing before taking the new examination. If you do not pass the diploma on the second attempt, the first diploma will still remain invalid.

The DELF/DALF test results are valid for life; however, for Quebec immigration purposes, the exams will only be valid for 2 years from the date in which you took the exam.

Registration will depend on your country. Choose your country of residence from this list and learn more about registering for the DELF/DALF exam.

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