DELF-DALF Exams

Exams offered at the SFU Exam Center

The SFU Exam Center offers the following exams:

Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF) :

  • DELF B1 TOUT PUBLIC
  • DELF B2 TOUT PUBLIC

Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF) :

  • DALF C1 TOUT PUBLIC

The following chart describes the different levels:

Level

Description  

DALF C1

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.

DELF B2

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.

DELF B1

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.

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.

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.

For a given level, all the candidates take the group tests together on the same day at the same time. For the individual tests, each candidate is scheduled on a different day and at a different time. 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 your group tests.  If the number of candidates does not allow us to schedule the individual tests the same day as your group tests, your individual test may be scheduled another day either before your group test or the following Saturday or within two weeks of the group tests. For example, DALF C1 individual tests may be scheduled the Wednesday during the DELF B1 exam or Thursday during the DELF B2 exam before the DALF C1 group tests on the Friday or on another day after the DALF C1 group tests.

The schedules will be confirmed once registration is closed.  

The group tests start 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.

Exam

Group tests starting at 9 a.m.

Preparation for individual tests starting at different times 

Individual tests following the preparation

DELF B1

1 hour and 55 minutes*

10 min.

15 min.

DELF B2

2 hours and 30 minutes

30 min.

20 min.

DALF C1

4 hours

1 hour

30 min.

* Duration starting in March 2020 (it used to be 1 hour and 45 minutes)

Minimum score required to pass

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

Minimum required on each test to pass: 5/25*

Group tests

Score (maximum)

Listening 

25

Reading

25

Writing

25

 

Individual test

Score (maximum)

Speaking 25

* The minimum score indicated here is to obtain the diploma.  For admission to the PDP French Module, check the minimum scores required.

Location

The exam sessions take place on one of the campuses: SFU Burnaby, SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre) or SFU Surrey.
The March 2020 session took place at SFU Surrey.

Results

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.