Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF) / Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF)

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Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF) / Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF)

These diplomas, issued by the Ministère de l'Éducation Nationale (France), are open to students learning French or anyone interested in receiving official certification of their proficiency in French as a second or foreign language. Passing the DALF eliminates the need to take entry-level language tests in all French universities.


The DELF, level 1, covers the acquisition of basic skills in French: the ability to communicate in normal, everyday situations.

DELF, level 1
2 units: -A1

The DELF, level 2, covers the further development of these skills. It presents a general overview of French-speaking civilization (in France, Quebec, etc.) and an introduction to the specialized usage of French in a discipline of the candidate's choice.

DELF, level 2
2 units: -B1


The DELF is composed of cumulative units. You may obtain them separately in the country or countries of your choice. Each unit represents approximately 100 hours of study and is certified by a diploma. All marks are final and not subject to appeal. Successful completion of the first two units allows candidates to receive the first diploma: DELF 1er degré (DELF, level 1). Completion of units B1 and B2 qualifies you to receive the next diploma: DELF 2e degré (DELF, level 2).

You can undertake the different units at your own pace; you will retain credit for all units that you have passed. If you wish, you can spread your study of the units over several years, or you can attempt the examinations for several units in the same session (for example, the two units of the DELF, level 1). No previous diploma is required for a candidate to register for the DELF/DALF exams, and neither is proof of specific preparation or level.

Registration forms are available at: www.mcgill.ca/conted/langprg/delfdalf.

  • Telephone: 514-398-1484
  • Fax: 514-398-1769
  • Email: translation.conted [at] mcgill.ca

Detailed information, including dates, fees, and registration forms can be found on the following website:

More information about the exams can be found at:

DELF/DALF Equivalencies

DELF/DALF Council of Europe ALTE*
DELF 2nd Degree Units A5 and A6 B2 3
DELF 1st Degree Units A3 and A4 B1 2
DELF 1: Unit A2 A2 1
DELF 1: Unit A1 A1
* Association of Language Testers in Europe
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