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Exams : questions and answers

Do I have to be a student of a French language centre to take the DELF and/or DALF?

No. Any adult wishing to validate their French language skills can take the DELF and DALF.


What is the difference between DELF, DALF and TEF?

The TEF is a test, which means that if you pass it, you will receive a certificate with your corresponding level. The DELF and DALF, on the other hand, are exams that give you a diploma in French. The DELF and DALF are valid for life, whereas the TEF certificate is only valid for 2 years.

Each DELF/DALF level corresponds to one or more objectives

DELF A1: To enhance a CV, to assess a low level of French

DELF A2: Enables you to apply for a 10-year residence permit

DELF B1: Enables you to apply for French nationality

DELF B2/DALF C1/DALF C2: Enables you to enrol at university / meet a professional need


When and how do I receive the invitation to my exam?

An invitation is sent by email at least one week before the exam. If you do not receive your invitation five days before the exam, you must write to If you do not receive your invitation, you will not be entitled to a postponement or a refund. The dates and times of the exam are final and cannot be changed.


Does the Alliance Française de Paris offer exam preparation courses?

Yes, the Alliance Française offers DELF/DALF preparation courses: a DELF preparation module, and a TEF preparation module

What are the prices and dates of the exams?

"Dates to come soon" for the DELF A1, A2, B1 but you can find the prices and dates of our exams here:


Are the registration fees refundable?

Registration is final upon payment of the registration fee. Payment must be made at the latest on the last day of registration.


What official certifications do you offer?



What happens if I am late or absent for an exam?

Late arrivals are not accepted. It is imperative to arrive at the time indicated on the invitation. If the student is absent due to force majeure, he/she can benefit from a postponement of his/her exam to a later date under certain conditions. A written request must be sent to together with a stamped and signed supporting document within one week of the examination. If the document is considered valid, the postponement will be granted only once. In the event of a further absence from the rescheduled session, whatever the reason, the examination fee will be definitively forfeited. In the event of a delay due to a public transport strike (RATP, SNCF), a stamped and signed receipt should be requested.


Can I take an exam more than once?

Yes, there is no limit to the number of times you can take an exam, but sometimes there is a minimum time limit between taking the same exam.


Do you offer the TCF?

Unfortunately, we do not currently offer the TCF.


How does the TEF exam work?

The TEF NAT is made up of several tests: an oral comprehension test of 25 minutes, a written comprehension test of 45 minutes and a written production test of 30 minutes which must be computer-based and an oral production of 10 to 15 minutes face to face with an examiner.


How are the DELF/DALF tests conducted?

For the DELF A1, a CO (Oral Comprehension) of 20 minutes, a CE (Written Comprehension) of 30 minutes, a PE (Written Production) of 45 minutes and a PO (Oral Production) of 6 to 8 minutes with 10 minutes preparation. For the DELF A2, a CO of 25 minutes, a CE of 30 minutes, a PE of 45 minutes and an PO of 6 to 8 minutes with 10 minutes of preparation. For DELF B1, a CO of 25 minutes, a CE of 45 minutes, a PE of 45 minutes and an PO of 15 minutes with 10 minutes of preparation. For the DELF B2, a 30-minute CO, a 60-minute CE, a 60-minute PE and a 20-minute PO with 30 minutes of preparation. For the DALF C1, a CO of 40 minutes, a CE of 50 minutes, a PE of 2.5 hours and a PO of 30 minutes with 60 minutes of preparation. For the DALF C2, a CO of 3h30, a CE of 3h30, a PO of 30 minutes and a PO of 30 minutes with 60 minutes of preparation.


What grade do I need to get to pass the DELF/DALF?

A mark of 50/100 on average is required to pass the exam. A mark of less than 5/25 in one of the tests is eliminatory, even if the average mark is over 50/100.


Where does the exam or the test take place?

The exam takes place in person at the Alliance Française, in accordance with the health regulations.


Are there any accommodations for people with disabilities?

A candidate with a disability must provide a medical certificate at the time of registration specifying the nature of the disability as well as the recommendations for accommodation prescribed by the practitioner. The Alliance française Paris IDF will provide these accommodations as far as physically possible. The application should be made 6 months before the date of the examination/test.


What documents are allowed during the examination?

Only the documents distributed by the invigilators are allowed. The use of any other document than those authorised will be considered as attempted fraud. Mobile phones, connected watches and other electronic devices are not allowed. Dictionaries are not allowed (except under specific conditions for the DALF C1 oral and for all DALF C2 tests). Unilingual French dictionaries are allowed)


Are there any particular instructions to be followed following the COVID-19 pandemic?

The following instructions must be respected in order to gain access to the test room: candidates must wash their hands before entering our premises, candidates must wash their hands before signing the attendance sheet, candidates must wear a mask, candidates must bring their own pen, candidates must present their identity document at the time of the identity check, hydro-alcohol gel is mandatory. Candidates will be asked to use it before the start of the test and before handing in the paper. If these rules are not respected, it will unfortunately be impossible for us to allow you access to the test room.


What documents do I need to bring to the examination room?

An original valid identity document with photo and signature is required (passport, residence permit, identity card, driving licence.) In the case of a candidate who is unable to present an identity document, it is possible to accept: receipt of an application for a residence permit; receipt of an application for asylum (a photograph is required); receipt of recognition of international protection; certificate of application for asylum (normal and accelerated procedure. Absence for lack of identity document does not give right to postponement or reimbursement. Student cards, health insurance cards and photocopies of identity documents are not allowed.

Can I contest my grades?

No. The results are final and cannot be contested. The jury is sovereign.


When can I get my TEF certificate?

The digital certificate is sent to the candidate by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 4 to 6 weeks after the tests, by e-mail to the address given at the time of online registration.


When can I get my DELF/DALF certificate?

The certificate is sent 6 weeks after the exam to the address given during the online registration.


How long is the DELF/DALF valid for?

The DELF/DALF is valid for life.


When can I receive my diploma (DELF, DALF)?

The diploma is sent to the candidate 5 to 6 months after the exam via the stamped envelope left at the time of registration. (NO DIPLOMAS ARE SENT BY E-MAIL).


How long is the TEF valid for?

The TEF is valid for two years.

Exams : questions and answers