DELF exams are official diplomas from the French Ministry of Education. They are tests aimed at people who are learning French as a foreign language. Depending on your age, you can take DELF or DALF, DELF Prim or DELF Junior exams. They are available in the exam range from the CEFR level A1 to B2. If you are using the test score for official purposes, such as getting into a university or accessing a course for example, you should find out what score is needed. This becomes your ‘goal score’ and will help focus your learning. You could also set yourself a score if it is for personal reasons too.
DELF exams come in all four levels – A1, A2, B1, and B2. They also test all four skill areas – reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The maximum score for each skill is /25. This is true for all levels of the exam. The maximum score for the whole test is / 100. Find out more about the DALF C1.
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How can I get a good score?
- Practice, Practice, Practice!
- Study, Study, Study!
- Speaking French as much as you can, even if you get it wrong, is the only way to help you improve your oral skills.
- Read in French. This could be a newspaper, a book (short one), or online materials. Take your time and read to understand. With some practice your reading speed will increase.
- The same for listening. Practice listening to spoken French materials. Or sit in a coffee shop and try to understand what people are talking about (though this is a little nosy!) 10 minutes a day is enough to focus on. It will get easier.
- Get some official materials or sign up for a course to help you. This could be face-to-face in a language school or online.
- Set a score goal.
- Book a test with enough time to study.
- If possible, find someone who has already taken the test and chat with them. They might have some pointers to help you.
Where do I start with studying?
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