Tips to be successful when takin the DELF or DALF exams

Become familiar with the structure of the exam

Find out about the different sections of the exam, the types of exercises and evaluation criteria. This will help you better understand what is expected of you, both in oral and written comprehension/expression. You will then be able to focus on what is important in your learning process.

Assess your current level

Take a test to assess your current skills in French language including oral comprehension, written comprehension, oral expression, written expression. This will allow you to determine your strengths and weaknesses. In order to assess your level in French, you can use online tests, or take the Test d’évaluation du français (TEF) which is a  test of fluency issued by the Paris Chamber of Commerce.

Use exam-related resources

Use preparation manuals specifically designed for DELF and DALF. These resources provide sample exercises, methodology tips, and practice topics similar to those on the actual exam. Take mock exams on a regular basis to familiarize yourself with the pace and demands of the actual exam. This will also allow you to get used to the real exam conditions while assessing your level in French language.

Train regularly

Dedicate time each day to practice different language skills. Do oral and written comprehension exercises, practice oral and written production, and familiarize yourself with the specific techniques required for each section. Try to dedicate a few hours a day to your practice of French language.

Practice speaking, including in public

The oral part of the exam is often a challenge for international students and many candidates in general. Practice regularly by recording yourself or working with a conversation partner. Work on your fluency, your pronunciation and your ability to structure your ideas clearly; do not hesitate to speak French with French people, as they can help you with your accent and vocabulary.

Listen/watch recordings in French, such as radio shows, podcasts, films or TV series. Try to understand the general meaning, as well as the specific details. Many audiovisual resources are available on the web today, so use them in your advantage!

Expand your vocabulary

Enrich your vocabulary by reading a variety of texts such as press articles, novels, essays or blogs. Take note of new words and phrases and try to use them in your own writing and speaking.

Enroll in a preparation course

Working with an experienced tutor or joining a prep course can be beneficial for receiving personalized guidance, getting feedback on your performance, and getting motivated. The Cours de Civilisation française de la Sorbonne thus offer preparation courses for both the DALF and the DELF, providing students with an efficient pedagogy designed to learn French in the best conditions.

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Le secrétariat sera exceptionnellement fermé le mercredi 17 janvier.

The secretariat will be exceptionally closed on Wednesday, January 17th. 

Information sur la session de printemps 2024

L’inscription à la session de printemps (rentrée du 5 février 2024) est encore possible jusqu’au 2 février, sous réserve de places disponibles.

Les étudiants souhaitant s’inscrire sont invités à se rendre directement au bureau des admissions de l’institution, ouvert du lundi au vendredi de 9h30 à 16h30.
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L’inscription en ligne pour cette session n’est plus possible sur ce site.

Information regarding the 2024 spring session

Registration for the spring session (starting on February 5, 2024) is still possible until February 2, subject to availability.

Students wishing to register are invited to go directly to the institution’s admission office, open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
They must ensure they have a valid visa.

Online registration for this session is no longer available on this website.

Dates des prochains examens TCF

Les prochaines sessions d’examen TCF auront lieu dans les locaux de l’institution aux dates suivantes :

Le 30 janvier et le 27 février :

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