DELF DALF diplomas, French foreign language, proficiency exams valid worldwide

DELF DALF are the best certification of language level for non-native speakers of French

What are the DELF DALF diplomas?

The DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française) and DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) are French proficiency certifications for non-native speakers of French awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the competency in the French language.

The DELF and DALF are composed of 6 seperate diplomas that correspond to the language levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

DELF/DALF       CEFR level
DELF A1                A1
DELF A2                A2

DELF B1                B1
DELF B2                B2

DALF C1                C1
DALF C2                C2

The fact that the 6 diplomas are independent from each other means that candidates can register for the test of their choice that best corresponds to their level without having to take the lower level tests.

For each level 4 different language proficiencies are evaluated: listening, reading, writing and speaking. Rather than attaining a certain score in the exam to identify a candidates level, there is a minimum overall pass mark one has to attain for each diploma and the highest level diploma received is what indicates the competence of the candidate.

  • The DELF and DALF diplomas are valid for life and are recognized throughout the whole world making them the best way to officially certify ones level of proficiency in French for personal or professional purposes.
  • Those who have passed the DALF exam (C1 or C2) do not need to take any language exams for entrance into French universities.

How to best prepare for the DELF DALF exams

At LSF French language school we offer DELF DALF exam preparation courses specifically tailor-made for the DELF DALF exams. LSF has been preparing students for these exams for many years and our students maintain a success rate in all DELF and DALF exams of almost 100%.

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More information about the DELF DALF diplomas

The DELF and DALF exams are administred by CIEP (Centre international d’études pédagogiques). Below you can find their description of the exams.

Basic user

DELF A1 (corresponds to CEFR level A1)
This level recognises basic knowledge. It is the most basic level at which a language is used, called the “discovery” stage. At this stage, the learner can interact in a simple way: he/she can speak about him/herself and his/her immediate environment.

DELF A2 (corresponds to CEFR level A2)
DELF A2 is based on the same principle: it recognises the linguistic competency of a basic user, considered as a social actor. The candidate can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring the most common polite phrases and exchanges of information.

Independent user

DELF B1 (corresponds to CEFR level B1)
At this level, the user becomes independent. He/she can maintain interaction: he/she can understand and maintain a discussion and give his/her opinion. He/she is capable of dealing with situations likely to arise in daily life.

DELF B2 (corresponds to CEFR level B2)
A B2 user has a degree of independence that allows him/her to construct arguments to defend his/her opinion, explain his/her viewpoint and negotiate. At this level, the candidate has a degree of fluency and spontaneity in regular interactions and is capable of correcting his/her own mistakes.

Proficient user

DALF C1 (corresponds to CEFR level C1)
Language users at level C1 are independent. They can express themselves fluently and spontaneously. They have a large vocabulary and can choose the appropriate expression to introduce their comments. They can produce clear, well-structured discourse without hesitation and which shows controlled use of structures.

DALF C2 (corresponds to CEFR level C2)
C2 users’ proficiency in the language is illustrated by precision, appropriateness and fluency of expression. C2 candidates are capable of using the language for academic and advanced-level purposes.


See also:

DELF DALF Exam preparation course
Language levels
Teaching methods
LSF French language school