DELF and DALF are a set of official French proficiency tests administered by the Centre international d’étude pédagogiques. In addition to allowing you to opt out of a French university’s language entrance exam, having one of these French certificiations looks good on your CV. If you are interested in obtaining an official document proclaiming your French language skills, keep reading.

The DELF/DALF is the French equivalent of the English proficiency test TOEFL, but the tests for these two languages are quite different. TOEFL certification, which is offered by Educational Testing Services, requires that candidates take a 2- to 4-hour test, after which they receive a TOEFL score indicating their level of proficiency. In contrast, DELF/DALF certification consists of multiple levels. Rather than a score, DELF/DALF candidates work to obtain one of six diplômes from the Ministère de l’Éducation nationale, de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche: DELF A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.

Each of these certificates tests the four language proficiencies (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), based on the levels of the Cadre européen de référence pour les langues. There is no score; the French speaker’s proficiency is identified by the highest certificate s/he has obtained. The diplomas are independent, meaning you do not need to take all six – proficient speakers can start at whatever higher level they qualify for. Younger French learners are offered similar but separate tests: DELF, version junior and DELF scolaire.

For details about DELF/DALF, including descriptions of the tests in each unit; access to sample topics; and information about test centers (in some 150 countries), schedules, and fees, please visit the official DELF/DALFwebsite.

DELF/DALF examination price:

A1 – RM 200

A2 – RM 240

B1 – RM 320

B2 – RM 360

C1 – RM 550

C2 – RM 650

DELF/DALF examination time table:

DELF/DALF tout public

Written exam: March 22

Oral exam: March 29

Registration period:

Jan. 17 – Feb. 15

DELF/DALF tout public
DELF junior
DELF prim

Written exam: June 14

Oral exam: June 21

Registration period:

Apr. 10 – May. 9

DELF/DALF tout public

Written exam: November 22

Oral exam: November 29

Registration period:

Sep. 11 – Oct. 10