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Please click here for information on the upcoming optional DELF testing in April 2024 for students enrolled in Semester 2 Grade 12 Core French and French Immersion.  Please note that space is limited. Where there is more interest than spaces available a random lottery will occur.

What is the DELF?


The Diplôme d’études en langue Française (DELF) is an internationally recognized proficiency exam from France. It is based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), which defines language proficiency along six global levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2. At each level, proficiency is measured across four competencies: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  The French Ministry of National Education awards a diploma to successful candidates.

The DELF in Upper Grand schools

In the UGDSB, we value second language learning and want to encourage students to continue their French studies to Grade 12. It is known that second language learning increases mental flexibility and improves problem-solving skills. Learning a second language is a lifelong process that develops pride, a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence. 

Twice a year, the UGDSB offers students the opportunity to participate in the DELF. Students are eligible during the semester in which they are enrolled in a Grade 12 FSL course. The UGDSB offers students a choice of two test levels: B1 or B2. Students should choose their level with the help of their FSL teacher.

Challenging the DELF is not a required component of the regular FSL program, nor is it a replacement for the French program. Students who are in French Immersion continue to work towards earning their French Immersion Certificate, with the DELF being an additional option. DELF test results are not included in any course evaluation or final report card grades.  As it is an optional opportunity it is up to the student to prepare for the examination through individual daily practice. 

Note: Transportation to and from the testing site is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

Why should your child take the DELF scolaire examination?

The DELF examinations are an opportunity for high school students to demonstrate their French-language skills and to be rewarded for their hard work at school. The DELF examinations are recognized around the world. In addition to personal satisfaction, the DELF represents official proof of your child’s French-language skills in a way that Francophone universities, French grandes écoles, and future employers can appreciate.

Students who successfully challenge the DELF will have:

Where else is the DELF exam offered?

DELF is also open to the public at The Alliance Française de Toronto. For more information, and to register your child independently, go to their website:

DELF examinations

The DELF has four components which are completed in two separate blocks:

  1. A written exam which includes oral and written comprehension and written expression
  2. An oral interview which includes production and interaction

The date and time of the written exam is determined internationally and cannot be changed

The oral interview will be scheduled either prior to the written test or following the written test. Students will receive confirmation of the time of their interview through their school. Detailed information about scheduling for the oral interviews will be provided after confirmation of registration.

Each competency area is evaluated individually by a team of teachers who are trained DELF examiners who volunteer their time on the day of testing. Successful candidates must receive a score greater than 5% in each category, with an overall score of 50%. Evaluation is according to international standards set by the Centre International des études pédagogiques.

DELF registration

Registration for the DELF is done online. Registration is limited and restricted to students in their final Grade 12 French course. Payment is required in order to complete the registration. 

Preparing for the DELF

Preparation for the test is the responsibility of the student. The DELF is an optional activity and is not part of the curriculum. Students can access online practice tests and samples of what to expect in each competency area at the websites below:

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