Assess your level in French
The first step in preparing for a language exam or test is to know your current level, both in writing and speaking. This assessment must of course consider the nature of the exam or diploma you wish to pass, and the objective pursued – administrative procedures, obtaining a visa or even pursuing higher education in France or in a French-speaking country.
There are a large number of online tests that will allow you to proceed to a self-assessment of your level in French language; however, their accuracy is not always guaranteed, especially when it comes to your oral skill and pronunciation.
Several daily tips can help you assess your level in French: watching films in French or listening to French musicians might be a pleasant way to determine if you understand the language!
Use your knowledge of French culture
Learning the French language goes hand in hand with the discovery of a culture and heritage. If you want to do your best when taking a French language test or exam, you will need to mobilize as much knowledge as possible in connection with French culture, whether in the field of philosophy, literature, history or art.
During an oral examination, such knowledge is particularly appreciated by examiners, especially when it comes to an exam related to administrative procedures such as obtaining a visa or citizenship.
Whatever French language diploma you wish to obtain, remember that a strong knowledge of French civilization will be an asset at the time of the exam.
Take a course in a French language school
Enrolling in a French language course (especially within a recognized institution) remains the safest and most effective way to prepare for a test or exam. The quality of courses and help from qualified teaching staff facilitate the work of international students thanks to daily supervision.
The Cours de civilisation française de la Sorbonne (CCFS) offer preparation modules for diplomas such as the DELF or the DALF, also allowing international students to take the French knowledge test – “Test de connaissance du français” (TCF) – on the computer. A preparation that focuses both on the written and oral skills of the candidates, who will also be able to accurately assess their level.
The phonetics laboratories will help you to really gear up for the oral tests of your exams by easing you into the discovery of French-speaking sounds, therefore helping you to quickly acquire a proper pronunciation.