DALF, diplôme approfondi de langue française

(Diploma of Advanced French Language)

Language users at level C1 are independent. They can express themselves fluently and spontaneously. They have a large vocabulary and can choose the appropriate expression to introduce their comments. They can produce clear, well-structured discourse without hesitation while showing controlled use of structures.

Type of tests : DALF C1 Duration Mark out of


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 mins

Approximately 40 minutes / 25


Comprehension questionnaires dealing with a text of ideas (literary or journalistic), 1,500 to 2,000 words long.

0 h 50 / 25


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

2 h 30 / 25


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

0 h 30
preparation: 1 h
/ 25

Total duration of all tests : 4 h 00
Total mark out of 100.
Overall pass mark : 50/100
Pass mark per test: 5/25