DELF (French Studies Diploma) and DALF (Advanced French Studies Diploma), issued by the French Ministry of Education, certify the French language proficiency of foreign students.

DELF-DALF format evolution
Please note that DELF-DALF examinations are evolving.
Changes now effective:
-DELF B1: a slightly longer Reading Comprehension:
Listening Comprehension (25min) / Reading Comprehension (45min) / Writing (45min)
-DALF C1/C2: there are no more specialty options

About the new format:
For all DELF A1 to B2, the new format (Listening and Reading Comprehensions with only multiple choice questions and more documents) is being introduced progressively over the next few years and both the new and old formats will coexist at least until 2023. Candidates should be prepared to answer both open questions and multiple choice questions as they may encounter the old format when they sit their examination.
Please note that neither format provides an advantage in terms of difficulty, as the examinations are calibrated for each level.

  • La production et la validation psychométrique de ces épreuves ont été ralenties du fait de la crise sanitaire internationale. La période de transition (coexistence des deux formats d’épreuves de compréhension en circulation) a ainsi été redéfinie, tout en veillant à la réduire à son maximum. L’objectif pour une distribution exclusive des épreuves au nouveau format (niveaux A1 à B2) est fixé pour 2023-2024.
  • Rappel important : aucun format n’avantage ni ne désavantage la réussite de l’examen.

DELF / DALF Tous Publics

DELF / DALF Tous Publics is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and is required by French universities for the admission of foreign students. It evaluates the four communication skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking. 4 sessions per year


DELF Pro corresponds to the professional version of the DELF. It is meant for people whose objective is a professional insertion or promotion in a French-speaking business environment. 1 session per year

DELF Junior

DELF Junior is intended for teenagers. It has the same structure as the standard DELF, only the topics are different, taking into account the interests of young people. 3 sessions per year


DELF Prim is intended for children. It has the same structure as the standard DELF, only the topics are different, taking into account the interests of young people. 2 sessions per year


For all information on the examinations (format, sample papers, bibliography) please consult the France Education International’s website >> DELF PrimDELF –  DELF Junior –  DALF