DELF / DALF for all

The Diplôme d’Études de Langue Française (DELF) and the Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française (DALF) are official diplomas delivered by the French Ministry of National Education with a lifetime validity.

Description of the tasks and sample papers

DELF and DALF assess skills in the four fields of language learning described in the Common European Framework for Languages: reading, listening, writing and speaking.

There are 6 independent diplomas corresponding to the 6 levels of the Common European Framework for Languages: DELF A1, DELF A2, DELF B1, DELF B2, DALF C1, DALF C2.

To acquire the French nationality, you must prove a minimum of a B1 level.

To register in a university, you have to prove a B2 level for a bachelor’s program and a C1 level for a Master’s program.

To emigrate to Canada or Quebec, you have to demonstrate the highest possible level: the higher your level, the more points scored in your application. 

If you wish to work in a French environment, DELF B1 or B2 or DALF C1 are appreciated by French companies.

If you are not sure of your level, contact our experts who can advise you:

If you need further information on DELF/DALF, please click on the links below to read a detailed description or to view sample papers of the exams:  

Description of the exam

Number of hours of French studies before you can sit the exam

Sample papers

Advice for preparation


60 hours

DELF A1 sample paper

Advice for DELF A1


160 hours

DELF A2 sample paper

Advice for DELF A2


310 hours

DELF B1 sample paper

Advice for DELF B1


390 to 670 hours

DELF B2 sample paper

Advice for DELF B2


From 750 hours

DALF C1 sample paper

Advice for DALF C1



DALF C2 sample paper

Advice for DALF C2


Two sessions of DELF/DALF Tout public are organised each year, in May and in November. In 2023, the dates are as follow:


Session 1

Session 2



A1 – 17/05/2024
A2 – 17/05/2024
B1 – 18/05/2024
B2 – 18/05/2024
C1 – 17/05/2024
C2 – 17/05/2024

A1 – 15/11/2024
A2 – 15/11/2024
B1 – 16/11/2024
B2 – 16/11/2024
C1 – 15/11/2024
C2 – 15/11/2024

A1: 70 euros
A2: 85 euros
B1: 100 euros
B2: 120 euros
C1: 230 euros
C2: 240 euros


18/03 – 21/04/2024


20/09 – 20/10/2024



10 euros of administration fees will be added to the total.

DELF / DALF diplomas may be reprinted in case of loss or destruction for no extra charge.

In case of modification of any information on the diploma (ex: spelling mistake, change of name, etc.), a 10 euros fee will be applied for reprinting the DELF or DALF diploma.

Preparation courses – New!

Institut français de Finlande offers preparation courses for the exams at levels B1, B2 and C1.

A 4-weeks intensive course to prepare for the exams. The four skills assessed in the exams will be covered: oral and written comprehension and oral and written expression. Participation remotely by Teams.

The fee includes the preparation course and the registration to the exam.