DELF, diplôme d’études en langue française

(Diploma in French Language Study)

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. He/she is capable of dealing with situations likely to arise in daily life.

Note for candidates for French nationality:

DELF B1 qualification holders are exempt from any other tests required for French nationality

(decree of 11 October 2011).


Type of tests : DELF B1 Duration Mark out of


Comprehension questionnaires dealing with three recordings (played twice).

Approximately 25 minutes / 25


Comprehension questionnaires dealing with two written documents:

  • extract useful information concerning a particular task
  • analyse the contents of a document of general interest.
0 h 35 / 25


Express personal opinions on a general topic (essay, letter, article etc).

0 h 45 / 25


Test in three parts:

  • guided conversation
  • interactive exercise
  • expressing an opinion on a document designed to elicit a reaction.
Approximately 15 minutes
preparation: 0 h 10
(Only for the 3rd part of the test )
/ 25

Total duration of all tests: 1 hour 45
Total mark out of 100.
Overall pass mark : 50/100
Pass mark per test : 5/25