What are DELF and DALF? Why would I want to take these exams?
The DELF and DALF diplomas, conferred by the French Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Higher education and research attest to the holder’s level of proficiency in the French language. Six different diplomas are offered, corresponding to the six levels of the CEFR: DELF A1, A2, B1, and B2, and DALF C1 and C2.
To successfully pass any of the diplomas, candidates must take tests in the four skills: oral comprehension, oral expression, written comprehension, and written expression. Candidates must score at least 5/25 on each of the four tests. The total score required to obtain a DELF or DALF diploma is 50/100.
Unlike the results of language tests, which expire after a certain period, the DELF and DALF diplomas are valid for life.
Study in France: levels required for applications for preliminary admission (the DAP procedure)
To meet DAP requirements required for admission to years 1 and 2 at a university or school of architecture, applicants must obtain a DELF B2 diploma (including DELF General, DELF Student, DELF Junior, and DELF Professional) or a DALF diploma (C1 or C2).
Holders of these diplomas are exempted from any language test that might otherwise be required for admission to a French university. (Note: The level of the diploma required may vary from institution to institution and from program to program.)
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