French Test Format

Programmes

Levels and Test Format

    DELF A1

    DELF A1 is a test designed to check use of familiar words and simple phrases by the non-native French speakers. At this stage, the test taker should be able to introduce himself or someone else & can ask and answer basic questions about home, family, surroundings, etc. The test taker should have the basic knowledge of the language to communicate

    The Test is owned by Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) &Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) and is conducted by Alliance Française. The Exam fee is Rs. 4494 (as per March, 2015).

    The result of DELF A1 is declared online on the official site of ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE within 2/3 months. DELF certification is internationally recognised with lifetime validity.

    Type of modules Duration Mark out of
    Listening
    Comprehension questionnaires dealing with three or four very
    short recordings on everyday life (played twice).
    Maximum duration of recordings: 3 minutes
    Approximately 20 minutes / 25
    Reading
    Comprehension questionnaires dealing with four or five
    written documents on everyday life.
    Approximately 30 minutes / 25
    Writing
    Two part test

    filling in a record, a form

    writing simple phrases (postcards, messages, stories etc)
    on everyday topics.

    messages, stories etc on everyday topics.

    Approximately 30 minutes / 25
    Speaking
    Three part test

    guided conversation

    exchanging information

    role-play

    5 to 7 minutes
    preparation:
    10 minutes
    / 25

     

    DELF A2

    DELF A1 is a test designed to check use of isolated phrases and common expressions that relate to areas of high personal relevance (like personal or family information, shopping, and immediate environment, work by the basic user of French. At this stage, the test taker should be able to communicate during easy or habitual tasks requiring a basic and direct information exchange on familiar subjects.

    The Test is owned by Centre international d’études pédagogiques(CIEP) & Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) and is conducted by: Alliance Française. The Exam fee is Rs. 4494 (as per March, 2015). The result of DELF A2 is declared online on the official site of ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE within 2/3 months. DELF certification is internationally recognised with lifetime validity.

    Type of modules Duration Mark out of
    Listening
    Comprehension questionnaires dealing with three or four very
    short recordings on everyday life (played twice).
    Maximum duration of recordings: 5 minutes
    Approximately 25 minutes / 25
    Reading
    Comprehension questionnaires dealing with four or five
    written documents on everyday life.
    Approximately 30 minutes / 25
    Writing
    Two short pieces of writing (letter to a friend or message)

    describe an event or personal experiences

    invite, thank, say sorry, ask for something, give information,
    congratulate in writing…

    Approximately 45 minutes / 25
    Speaking
    Three part test

    guided conversation

    exchanging information

    role-play

    6 to 8 minutes
    preparation:
    10 minutes
    / 25

     

    DELF B1

    DELF B1 is a test designed to check the capability of test taker with situations likely to arise in daily life. At this level, the user becomes independent. He/she can maintain interaction: he/she can understand and maintain a discussion and give his/her opinion.

    Test is owned by Centre international d’études pédagogiques(CIEP) & Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) and is conducted by Alliance Française. The Exam fee is Rs.5618 (as per March, 2015). The result of DELF B1 is declared online on the official site of ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE within 2/3 months. DELF certification is internationally recognised with lifetime validity.

    Type of modules Duration Mark out of
    Listening
    Comprehension questionnaires dealing with three or four very short
    recordings on everyday life (played twice).
    Maximum duration of recordings: 6 minutes
    Approximately 25 minutes / 25
    Reading
    Comprehension questionnaires dealing with two written documents:

    extract useful information concerning a particular task.
    analyse the contents of a document of general interest.

    Approximately 35 minutes / 25
    Writing
    Express personal opinions on a general topic (essay, letter, article etc.)
    Approximately 45 minutes / 25
    Speaking
    Test in three parts

    guided conversation

    interactive exercise

    expressing an opinion on a document designed to elicit a reaction.

    Approximately
    15 minutespreparation:
    0 h 10
    (does not concern the 3rd part
    of the test)
    / 25

     

    DELF B2

    DELF B2 is a test designed to check a degree of independence that allows him/her to construct arguments to defend his/her opinion, explain his/her viewpoint and negotiate. At this level, the candidate has a degree of fluency and spontaneity in regular interactions and is capable of correcting his/her own mistakes. The Test is owned by Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) & Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) and is conducted by Alliance Française.

    The result of DELF B2 is declared online on the official site of ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE within 2/3 months. DELF certification is internationally recognised with lifetime validity.

    Type of modules Duration Mark out of
    Listening
    Comprehension questionnaires dealing with three recordings.

    interview, news bulletin etc. (played once)
    presentation, lecture, speech, documentary, radio or television
    programme (played twice).

    Maximum duration of recordings: 8 minutes

    Approximately 30 minutes / 25
    Reading
    Comprehension questionnaires dealing with two written documents: text of an informational nature regarding France or the French-speaking world
    text of an argumentative nature
    Approximately 1 hour / 25
    Writing
    Taking a personal stand
    (contributing to a debate, formal letter, review of a film/book)
    Approximately 20 minutes preparation: 0 h 30 / 25
    Speaking
    Stating and defending an opinion based on a short document designed to elicit a reaction.
    Approximately 20 minutes preparation: 0 h 30 / 25

     

    DELF C1

    DALF C1 is a test designed to check the level of the test taker to understand the main ideas of concrete or abstract topics in a complex text, including a technical article in the user’s area of expertise. At this stage, the test taker can communicate with a degree of spontaneity and fluency during a conversation with a native speaker, in a way that is comfortable for everyone.

    The Test is owned by Centre international d’études pédagogiques(CIEP) & Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) and is conducted by Alliance Française. The Exam fee is Rs. 6742 (as per March, 2015).

    The result of DELF B1 is declared online on the official site of ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE within 2/3 months. DELF certification is internationally recognised with lifetime validity.

    Type of modules Duration Mark out of
    Listening
    Comprehension questionnaires dealing with recordings

    a long recording (interview, lesson, conference…) approximately eight minutes long (played twice)
    several short radio broadcasts (newsflashes, surveys, adverts etc) (played once).

    Maximum duration of recordings: 10 minutes

    Approximately 40 minutes / 25
    Reading
    Comprehension questionnaires dealing with a text of ideas (literary or journalistic), 1,500 to 2,000 words long.
    Approximately 50 minutes / 25
    Writing
    Two part test

    Summarise several written documents totalling approximately 1,000 words
    write an essay with supporting arguments on the contents of the documents

    Candidate can choose between two fields: humanities and social studies, science

    Approximately 2 h 30 / 25
    Speaking
    A presentation based on a series of written documents, followed by a discussion with the examiners.
    Candidates can choose between two fields: humanities and social studies, science
    Approximately 30 minutes preparation: 1 hour / 25

     

    DELF C2

    DALF C2 is a test designed to check the capability of the test taker to understand almost everything he or she reads or hears. At this stage, the test taker can express himself or herself precisely in a spontaneous, fluent way, conveying finer shades of meaning precisely.

    The Test is owned by Centre international d’études pédagogiques(CIEP) & Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) and is conducted by Alliance Française. The Exam fee is Rs. 6742 (as per March, 2015).

    The result of DALF C2 is declared online on the official site of ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE within 2/3 months. DALF certification is internationally recognised with lifetime validity.

    Type of modules Duration Mark out of
    Listening and Speaking
    Three part test

    write-up the contents of a recording (played twice)
    personal development based on the problem given in the recording
    debate with the examiners.
    Candidates can choose between two fields: humanities and social studies, science

    Approximately 30 minutes preparation: 1 h / 50
    Comprehension et Writings
    Writing a structured text (article, editorial, report, speech etc.) based on several
    documents totalling approximately 2,000 words.Candidates can choose between two fields:
    humanities and social studies, science
    Approximately 3 h 30 / 50
    Candidates are assessed on their ability to

    communicate a message clearly

    provide the information requested

    describe, recount, and explain

    justify a choice, position, decision, etc.

    link ideas and exercise consistency in discourse

    compare two points of view

    express their opinion and argue it

    use vocabulary and structures adapted to the relevant task

    be capable of summarizing and rewording

     

    The Test is owned by Centre international d’études pédagogiques(CIEP) and is conducted by Alliance Française & French ministry of education.

     

    Exam Fee
    Section Fee
    Compulsory Rs. 9000/-
    Optional Rs. 4600/- (For Each Section)

    The results are sent to the test centre within 20 days (excluding weekends and public holidays).Candidates must collect their certificate directly from the centre at which they took the TCF examinations. TCF certification is internationally recognised with 2 years validity.

     

    Test Format
    Compulsory Examination

    Listening

    Proficiency on language structure

    Reading

     

    Optional Examination

    Speaking

    Writing

     

    Compulsory Examination
    Type of modules Duration
    Listening 29 questions 25 minutes
    Proficiency in language structure 10 question 15 questions
    Reading 45 questions

     

    Optional Examination
    Type of modules Duration
    Speaking
    Part 1 : Personal Presentation (2 minutes)
    Part 2 : Monologues (5 minutes 30 secondary including 2 minutes of preparation )
    Part 3 : Personal Presentation (2 minutes)
    12 minutes
    Writing
    Part 1 : (message of 60-120 minutes)
    Part 2 : (article/letter/note of 120-150 words)
    Part 3 : (Text writing for a newspaper & website)
    60 minutes

    The results of the TCF ensure that candidates are reliably positioned on the Council of Europe’s six-level scale (from A1 to C2).

     

    TCFq

    The TCF for Quebec, has been specially designed to be consistent with the standards of the Ministry of Immigration (MICC) of Quebec, and is only intended for people wishing to settle in Quebec.
    From 1 August 2013, the Quebecoise authorities require a minimum B2 level to issue a maximum of 16 points for this linguistic evaluation.
    The Test is owned by Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) & Quebecoise Ministry for Immigration and is conducted by Alliance Française & French ministry of education.

     

    Exam Fee
    Section Fee
    Optional Rs. 5300/- (For Each Section)
    Compulsory Rs. 9000/-

    Your results are sent to the test centre within 20 days (excluding weekends and public holidays) from the date that the test papers are received by the CIEP. You must collect your certificate directly from the centre at which you took the “TCF for Quebec” examinations.

    Validity: Your TCF for Quebec certificate is only valid for your immigration application. You cannot use it, for example, for admission to a French university. Your certificate has a limited validity period. It is valid for 2 years.

    Test Pattern
    Compulsory Examination

    Listening

    Speaking

     

    Optional Examination

    Writing

    Reading

     

    Compulsory Examination
    Type of modules Duration
    Listening 29 multiple questions 25 minutes
    Speaking
    Part 1 : General Introduction (2 minutes)
    Part 2 : Dialogues (5 minutes 30 secondary including 2 minutes of preparation time)
    Part 3 : Monologues (4 minutes 30 seconds)
    12 minutes

     

    Optional Examination
    Type of modules Duration
    Listening 29 multiple questions 45 minutes
    Writing
    Part 1 : (message of 60-120 minutes)
    Part 2 : (article/letter/note of 120-150 words)
    Part 3 : (Text writing for a newspaper & website)
    60 minutes

    The results of the TCF ensure that candidates are reliably positioned on the Council of Europe’s six-level scale (from A1 to C2).

     

    Listening Scale
    A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
    0 point 0 point 0 point 5 point 6 point 7 point

     

    Speaking Scale
    A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
    0 point 0 point 0 point 5 point 6 point 7 point

     

    Reading Scale
    A1 a B1 B2 a C2
    0 point 1 point

     

    Writing Scale
    A1 a B1 B2 a C2
    0 point 1 point

     

    TEF

    Test d’Evaluation de Français is designed to assess the level of French language of people who are non-native French speakers. It is useful if you need to evaluate your French skills for Canadian Immigration, French Universities or for work. This test is designed to evaluate comprehension and expression skills in French. The overall objective of the TEF is to measure the level of the candidates’ knowledge, linguistic and communications skills in French.

    Test owned by: Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) & Quebecoise Ministry for Immigration CCIP.

    Test conducted by: Alliance Française & French ministry of education

     

    Exam Fee
    Section Fee
    Compulsory $ 200
    Optional $ 110 (For Each Section)

    Result: The TEF scores are sent to the candidate by email within two weeks of the test date. It takes 2-4 weeks from the test date to get the certificate.
    Validity: The certificate of TEF is valid for one year.

     

    Test Pattern
    Compulsory Examination

    Reading

    Listening

    Grammar & vocabulary sections

     

    Optional Examination

    Speaking

    Writing

     

    Compulsory Examination
    Type of modules Duration Score
    Reading 50 questions 60 minutes 300 Point
    Listening 60 multiple choice questions 40 minutes 360 Point
    Grammar & vocabulary sections 40 questions 30 minutes 240 Point

     

    Optional Examination
    Type of modules Duration Score
    Speaking 2 topics 35 minutes 450 Point
    Writing 2 topics 60 minutes 450 Point

    The results of the TCF ensure that candidates are reliably positioned on the Council of Europe’s six-level scale (from A1 to C2).

     

    Listening Scale
    A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
    0 point 0 point 0 point 5 point 6 point 7 point

     

    Speaking Scale
    A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
    0 point 0 point 0 point 5 point 6 point 7 point

     

    Reading Scale
    A1 a B1 B2 a C2
    0 point 1 point

     

    Writing Scale
    A1 a B1 B2 a C2
    0 point 1 point