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French Language Exams

French Exams offered
For full details on the range of French language exams offered and recognised by the French Ministry of Education please email us or telephone 01209 211800 requesting the French Exam fact sheets.

The colleges can assist you prepare for a full range of French language exams.


There are four main options;

the DELF/DALF exams
the CCIP & the TEF.

The most popular exams being the
DELF and TEF exam options. 


You will need to have a good level of French or be prepared to commit several months to your studies in order to reach the necessary standard to sit any of these exams, for more information, just ask.

Lucinda followed a 12 week,
DELF exam preparation course in Bordeaux, France.

Half-way through the course she shared her impressions with CESA
"I came over to Bordeaux to work on my French. Having been out here for six weeks of a twelve week course (at the time of writing this) I am glad to say it's a case of, so far, so very, very good. Everybody I have met has been really amazed at just how quickly they have picked the language up, even those who have never studied French before or those who haven't studied for a long time."

French DELF & DALF Exams 

The DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes de Langue Française) and the DALF (Diplôme Avancé de Langue Française) are the official French government examinations for French as a Foreign Language.  The DALF is accepted by French universities as evidence of sufficient knowledge of French to undertake university studies in France.

The DELF/DALF exams consist of five diplomas, each one corresponding to around 100 hours of study.  They are designed to correspond with the 6 levels of the Common European Framework of References for languages > Levels of ability according to CEF.

DELF /DALF Diplomas

Diploma     Level  
DELF A1     elementary                }
DELF A2     advanced elementary }   validates basic French knowledge

DELF B1     intermediate }   confirms good knowledge across a wide
DELF B2     advanced     }   range of topics

DALF C1     advanced         }   validates fluency and spontaneous           
DALF C2     proficient         }   communication skills

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