The D.E.L.F. / D.A.L.F. Preparatory Exams

Arguably, diplomas are an indispensable part of the curriculum vitae, especially when it comes to convince prospective employers of your linguistic qualities and abilities. Indeed, having a diploma in the DELF or DALF exam is indispensable to those who seek employment in a French firm or in a French speaking university. Therefore, if you are currently thinking about taking your French to the next level for personal, educational or professional purposes then it would be ideal for you to take the DELF or DALF preparation course with one of our partner language schools in France. Our language schools in France have teachers with the specialised knowledge and expertise in order to help guide you to your highest and best level.

Advantages of D.E.L.F. / D.A.L.F. Diploma:

• The diplomas and exams set realistic objectives and correspond to real daily-life situations
• It is the best way to improve a candidates employment prospects, continue their studies and prepare themselves for travelling or living abroad.
• It is open to everyone, regardless of language skills, abilities, age or occupation
• It is recognised by the French Ministry of Education
• It is recognised in every French speaking country worldwide
• It is seen as a prerequisite for studying at a French university or to take up a profession in a French speaking business world.


Why do a D.E.L.F. / D.A.L.F. Exam?

The French language diplomas D.E.L.F. (Diplome d'Etudes de Langue Française) and DALF (Approfondi Diplôme de Langue Française) were created in 1985 and awarded by the Ministère de l'Education Nationale. They are the only official diplomas of French language recognition as a foreign language around the world. The certificates are intended for non-French speakers who need to demonstrate and communicate their knowledge of French for professional reasons. The D.A.L.F, on the other hand, is a certified diploma intended as a prerequisite for admission to a French speaking university or college. Any students with a DALF are immediately exempt from doing any other language requirement entry to their chosen university or collefgde and can immediately follow a course in their chosen field. The student, however, must have a level II DELF before taking the DALF exam.
The communicative skills of the candidates are assessed on the basis of documents or real-life situations.

What levels are there?


There are different levels according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, (CEFR) which are applied to each DELF exam.  A1 and A2 (general user), which applies to those who should be able to understand and make themselves understood in a wide variety of everyday situations in a French-speaking environment.

The D.E.L.F. B1 and B2 (independent user) applies to those who should be able to operate in a more specialised area of interest such as economics, politics, business and so on. The DALF C1 and C2 is for those who have a high proficiency or command for the language. 
Each of the exam tests the four communicative skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. Each individual test will be assessed in an equal split (25 points), representing a total of 100 points. The results have a lifetime validity.

Click here for a detailed overview of the content of the exam per level.

When is the best time to do the examinations?


Since the DELF / DALF exams are only offered twice a year around the end of January and mid-May, we suggest that you start planning your preparation course early. The necessary preparation time for the test depends on your knowledge of French and must be determined individually. We at StudyTravel offer advice and assistance with this, so please contact us and we can help you with the arrangements of finding the ideal time for you to do the course and examination.

Please contact us to confirm the exact exam dates according to your level and the destination where you will take a preparation course.

How much does D.A.L.F. / D.E.L.F. cost?


The cost for the DELF / DALF preparation course vary depending on the length of time you decide to do the course and the destination you choose to do the course. Price lists can be found on the pages of the respective destinations. The fee for the DELF / DALF examination is usually not included in the price of the preparatory course, and depends on your Level.

Where can I take a preparatory course DELF/DALF?

The best way to prepare for the DELF / DALF exam is to take a language course in one of our language schools in France in order to help prepare you intensively for your DELF and DALF course.
The following are our destinations which offer the DELF and DALF tests:


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