Exams offered at the SFU Exam Centre

The SFU Exam Centre offers the following exams:

Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF) :


Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF) :


The following chart describes the different levels:



DELF/DALF TOUT PUBLIC The DELF/DALF TOUT PUBLIC is a general diploma and is sufficient for most assessments required for adults and young adults.


Independent user

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.


Independent user

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.


Proficient user

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

This chart is adapted from the Cadre européen commun de référence pour les langues : apprendre, enseigner, évaluer (CECR) « Tableau 1 – Niveaux communs de compétence – Échelle globale » (pages 25 to 28).

If you are applying to the French Module of the Professional Development Program at SFU, find out which level is required for admission.

Format and duration of the exams

Each exam consists of:

  • 3 group tests - listening, reading and writing
  • 1 individual test - speaking

You can consult detailed descriptions of the DELF and DALF exams.


Group tests

Preparation for individual tests

Individual tests following the preparation


1 hour and 55 minutes

10 minutes

15 minutes


2 hours and 30 minutes

30 minutes

20 minutes


4 hours

1 hour

30 minutes

Group Tests

For each exam level, all candidates take the group tests together on the same day at the same time.

The group tests begin at 9 a.m.  Candidates should arrive 30 minutes before the start of the group tests.  Candidates arriving after the start of the group tests (during the audio file) will NOT be allowed to take the exam.

Individual Tests

For the individual tests, each candidate is scheduled separately. You cannot choose the date or time of your test. Whenever possible, we will try to schedule your individual speaking test on the same day as the group tests.  If the number of candidates does not allow us to schedule the individual tests on the same day as the group tests, your individual test may be scheduled another day (before or after the group tests, including Saturdays, within two weeks of the group tests). 


  • The dates, times and locations of exams will be sent to candidates by email approximately one week prior to the week of DELF-DALF exams taking place.
  • The number of spots for each exam is limited. If there are no more spots available or if it is past the registration deadline, contact

Minimum score required to pass

Minimum required to pass and obtain the diploma: 50/100

Minimum required on each component of the exam to obtain the diploma: 5/25

Tests Score (maximum)
Listening (group) 25
Reading (group) 25
Writing (group) 25
Speaking (individual) 25

Admission to the PDP/PLP French Module

For the DELF B1, if you took the exam prior to September 2022, an overall passing grade of 50% with a minimum score of 15/25 for each component of the exam is required for admission to the PDP/PLP French Module. For DELF B1 exams taken in September 2022 or later, a minimum score of 12/25 will be accepted for each component of the exam.

For the DELF B2 and the DALF C1, an overall passing grade of 50% with a minimum score of 5/25 for each component of the exam is required for admission to the French Module.

For PDP French Module admission, check the minimum language requirements here.


The exam sessions generally take place on one of the campuses: SFU SurreySFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre) or SFU Burnaby.


Results should be available from 2 to 4 weeks after the exams. Diplomas may take up to 4 to 6 months to arrive after the exams.