Why are DELF and DALF exams so useful?
They have in common to be:
What are DELF and DALF?
DELF stands for Diploma in French studies (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française)
DALF stands for Diploma in Advanced French (Diplôme approfondi en Langue Française).
These diplomas provide the candidate with a quality French-level certification, useful to carry out specific personal, academic or professional projects.
The exams are open to non-native speakers, without any set requirements as regards the minimal number of guided-learning hours.
Candidates will take the exam of their choice.
DELF and DALF tests are exactly the same worldwide.
They are composed of six independent diplomas corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:
- Delf A1, Delf A2, Delf B1, Delf B2
- Dalf C1, Dalf C2
DELF B2 graduates need not take the entrance language-examination to French universities.
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The French Institute is the DELF-DALF official examination center in Finland. The Institute also provides efficient test preparation courses : experienced teachers using proven teaching strategies, in small group classes will guarantee you rapid progress.
|November 22nd and/or 23rd||From October 1st to November 8th, 2019|
Added administration fees : 10€
|DELF A1||64 €|
|DELF A2||77 €|
|DELF B1||93 €|
|DELF B2||112 €|
|DALF C1||210 €|
|DALF C2||220 €|
If you are registering for the first time, you will be asked to create a user account. Upon acceptance of the terms and conditions, You will see an on-screen confirmation of your order. The bill and confirmation e-mail is later automatically sent .
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Detailed information on the examinations
All of the examinations have been designed to reflect the principle of action used by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which defines users of a language as social actors who have tasks to perform (that are not only linguistic) in given circumstances, in a given environment and within a specific area of action, which may be personal, public, academic or professional.
These examinations are based on the knowledge, expertise, interpersonal skills and learning skills that are part of the ability to communicate by way of language at linguistic, sociolinguistic and pragmatic level. This ability can be used when performing varied language activities in comprehension, expression, interaction and mediation.
The examinations were therefore created to include the four skills at every level, with varying degrees of interaction and mediation required depending on the level. A mark of at least 50/100 is required in order to be awarded the diploma.
It must be remembered that neither the linguistic competency nor the adequacy of communication of spoken and written language can ever be evaluated in absolute terms. Rather, the minimum requirements for each level are different, and candidates cannot be penalised for not having knowledge that will come from future learning. The National Commission has created a short description of the expected content (expertise and morphosyntactic content). If you would like more information, please see the “reference levels for national and regional languages“.
|DELF A1 (1h20)||20 min.||30 min.||30 min.||5-7 min. (preparation :
|Comprehension questionnaires dealing with three or four very short recordings on everyday life (played twice).||Comprehension questionnaires dealing with four or five written documents on everyday life.||Two part test: – filling in a record, a form – writing simple phrases (postcards, messages, stories etc) on everyday topics.||Three part test: – guided conversation – exchanging information – role-play.|
|DELF A2 (1h40)||25 min.||30 min.||45 min.||6-8 min. (preparation :
|Comprehension questionnaires dealing with three or four short recordings on everyday life (played twice).||Comprehension questionnaires dealing with three or four short recordings on everyday life.||Two short pieces of writing (letter to a friend or message) – describe an event or personal experiences – invite, thank, say sorry, ask for something, give information, congratulate in writing…||Three part test: – guided conversation – exchanging information – role-play..|
|DELF B1 (1h45)||25 min.||35min.||45 min.||15 min. (préparation :
|Comprehension questionnaires dealing with three recordings (played twice).||Comprehension questionnaires dealing with two written documents: – extract useful information concerning a particular task – analyse the contents of a document of general interest.||Express personal opinions on a general topic (essay, letter, article etc).||Test in three parts: – guided conversation – interactive exercise – expressing an opinion on a document designed to elicit a reaction.|
|DELF B2 (2h30)||30 min.||1h||1h||20 min. (preparation :
|Comprehension questionnaires dealing with three recordings: – interview, news bulletin etc (played once) – presentation, lecture, speech, documentary, radio or television programme (played twice).||Comprehension questionnaires dealing with two written documents: – text of an informational nature regarding France or the French-speaking world – text of an argumentative nature||Taking a personal stand (contributing to a debate, formal letter, review of a film/book)||Stating and defending an opinion based on a short document designed to elicit a reaction.|
|DALF C1 (4 h)||40 min.||50 min.||2h30||30 min. (preparation :
|Comprehension questionnaires dealing with recordings: – a long recording (interview, lesson, conference…) approximately eight minutes long (played twice) – several short radio broadcasts (newsflashes, surveys, adverts etc) (played once).||Comprehension questionnaires dealing with a text of ideas (literary or journalistic), 1,500 to 2,000 words long.).||Two part test: – Summarise several written documents totalling approximately 1,000 words – write an essay with supporting arguments on the contents of the document.||A presentation based on a series of written documents, followed by a discussion with the examiners.|
|Candidate can choose between two fields: humanities and social studies, science|
|Type of tests||Listening and Speakings||Comprehension and Writings|
|DALF C2 (3h30)||30 min. (préparation : 1 h)||3 h 30|
|Three part test: – write-up the contents of a recording (played twice) – personal development based on the problem given in the recording – debate with the examiners.||Writing a structured text (article, editorial, report, speech etc) based on several documents totaling approximately 2,000 words.|
|Candidates can choose between two fields: humanities and social studies, science|
When will I receive results?
Results are communicated to the candidates two weeks after the examinations and the temporary certificates are issued by L’Institut Français de Finlande. The CIEP sends the diplomas within two months of the examination and candidates are informed of their reception by e-mail.
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