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What is the DELF A2?
The DELF A2 certificate is a French studies diploma. DELF A2 is one of four levels of DELF certification, A2 corresponding to an intermediate level of French. DELF A2 proves the candidate’s ability to understand and express themselves in simple terms in relation to familiar, everyday topics. The DELF A2 certificate might be worth taking if you are going to study, work or live in France or a French-speaking country. If you are passionate about French culture and want to improve your level of French, DELF A2 could be a motivating step in your language training.
A test divided into 6 skill levels
The Diploma of Studies in French Language has the particularity of being available through various tests (like the DELE), each corresponds to a level defined by the CEFR:
- DELF Level A1 : basic level of French language discovery. The candidate is able to interact in simple everyday situations
- DELF Level A2 : elementary level of French. The candidate knows how to use polite and everyday life expressions
- DELF Level B1 : level of independent French. The candidate can give his opinion, understand a discussion and take part in it
- DELF Level B2 : level of independent French. The candidate knows how to explain his viewpoint and negotiate by giving good arguments. He is comfortable speaking
- DELF Level C1 and C2: senior level. The candidate is comfortable with French and can communicate clearly. He knows specific vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. Simple and complex structures are well mastered
Consequently, while registering, the candidate chooses the specific level that he wishes to have validated, through the DELF. Note that DELF supports candidates up to the B2 test. C1 and C2 tests are covered by the DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de la Langue Française).
The DELF score is between 0 and 100. It is made up of 4 sections (written comprehension, written expression, oral comprehension and oral expression), each is scored on 25 points. A score lower than 5/25 is eliminatory.
Content of DELF tests
- DELF A1 : the test is divided into 2 exercises and lasts 30 minutes. First, the candidate must fill out a form concerning him. Then, he is asked to write simple sentences on a familiar subject, in 40 words minimum
- DELF A2 : the test lasts 45 minutes and consists of two written productions. The first is to talk about an event or a personal experience. The second is to write a message from everyday life (intended to inform or thank someone for example)
- DELF B1 : at this level, only one written production is requested. The candidate must write a text in 45 minutes where he expresses his viewpoint on a general theme
- DELF B2 : in this test, the candidate is asked to take a position, arguing his viewpoint and giving ideas. This can be in the form of a contribution to a debate or a formal letter
- DELF A1 : the candidate must answer comprehension questions on 4 to 5 short documents on subjects concerning daily life. The test lasts 30 minutes
- DELF A2 : similar exercise at an A1 level, with slightly more specific questions
- DELF B1 : the test also lasts 30 minutes and includes two documents to analyze, accompanied by questions
- DELF B2 : in this test, the candidate has two documents to read and analyze. The first is related to France (current events or topical events of France). The second document is an argumentative text with several viewpoints
- DELF A1 : the candidate must listen to and understand short recordings (3 minutes maximum) on daily life topics. The test lasts 20 minutes
- DELF A2 : 4 audio recordings to understand and lasts 5 minutes maximum. The candidate has 25 minutes to listen to the documents and answer questions
- DELF B1 : the candidate is asked to answer questions on 3 documents. Recordings last approximately 6 minutes. The test lasts 30 minutes
- DELF B2 : the candidate must answer questions relating to two types of document: short documents (such as bulletins) listened only once, and longer documents (conference, broadcast, etc.) listened twice. The test lasts 30 minutes
- DELF A1 : the candidate is with an examiner and the test takes place in 3 stages: a directed interview followed by an exchange of information and to end, a short dialogue. All this is based on simple and familiar subjects. The candidate has 10 minutes to prepare and the oral expression takes a maximum of 7 minutes
- DELF A2 : This interview has 3 sections: directed interview, monologue then interactive exercise with the examiner. The candidate has 10 minutes to prepare and the oral test takes approximately 8 minutes
- DELF B1 : the oral takes 15 minutes, with 10 minutes of preparation for the last section. The candidate must first answer a directed interview, then do an exercise with the examiner, to finally express his opinion on a presented document
- DELF B2 : at this stage, the candidate has 10 minutes of preparation, to present a document to the examiner. He will need to express his viewpoint and defend it. The oral test takes 20 minutes
A “good score” on the DELF must be between 50 and 100, with no difference or disparity for the skills required. Validating the level requires homogeneity between all the tests.
To obtain a good score, the most important is to pass the DELF which corresponds to your level. If you fail to get the minimum score required for the level you have chosen, you won’t be able to validate the one you hoped to pass or the one below. The specificity of the DELF for being divided into several different versions needs to be considered carefully. Thus, it’s essential to know how to assess your own level and not to overestimate it, at the risk of failing.
For example, if you pass the DELF B1 test and obtain 45/100 or 58/100 but do not get a score equal to or greater than 5/25 in all the exercise sections, you won’t obtain the certification B1 or DELF A2 level, even though you have the required skills. The results obtained for the other sections, although greater than 5/25, will not be saved, the next time you pass the B1.
Therefore, if you are hesitating between two levels, it is strongly advised to pass the lowest one, in order to stack all odds by your side and then evolve step by step.
The results are available within approximately 4 weeks after passing the DELF, while the diploma is delivered within 6 to 8 months. This is valid for life.
Total duration: 2h
Evaluates your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills
Certification valid for life
Scored out of 100 points
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