DELF, diplôme d’études en langue française

(Diploma in French Language Study)

A B2 user has 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.

Note for students :

DELF B2 provides access to University in France without taking any other language tests

(decree of 18 January 2008).


Type of tests : DELF B2 Duration Mark out of


Comprehension questionnaires dealing with two recordings:

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

Maximum duration of recordings: 8 mins

Approximately 30 minutes / 25


Comprehension questionnaires dealing with two written documents:

  • text of an informational nature regarding France or the French-speaking world
  • text of an argumentative nature
1 h / 25


Taking a personal stand (contributing to a debate, formal letter, review of a film/book)

1 h / 25


Stating and defending an opinion based on a short document designed to elicit a reaction.

Approximately 20 minutes
preparation: 0 h 30
/ 25

Total duration of all tests : 2 h 30
Total mark out of 100.
Overall pass mark : 50/100
Pass mark per test : 5/25