Frequently Asked Questions

What are the DELF-DALF examinations?

The DELF-DALF examinations are an assessment of French second language proficiency that is made available to speakers of French as a second or other language.


Who is eligible to take the DELF-DALF examinations?

Examination sessions are available to university and high school students, as well as to any member of the general public (French instructors, government employees, etc.) who is interesting in obtaining certification of their skills in French as a second language.


Why should I take these examinations?

Upon successful completion of the examination you are awarded the Diplôme d'études de langue Française, a diploma that is valid for life and is recognized worldwide. These certifications add value to résumés, as a continuously growing number of administrative bodies, employers and educational institutions recognize it as a measure of French as a second language proficiency. 

 The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District requires the DELF B2 diploma:

District to Adopt DELF Certification for French Teachers
Posted: February 29, 2016

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, in cooperation with the Faculty of Education at Memorial University, has adopted the Diplome d'etudes en langue francaise (DELF) certification, as an objective measure of teachers' French language proficiency. DELF certification is replacing the oral and written Proficiency assessment formerly administered by the District.

DELF certification will be required for French Immersion, Intensive Core French and Core French teaching positions commencing in September of 2016. All teachers, both permanent and term, who have previously been assessed by the District, and approved for French immersion and ICF positions, are not required to provide DELF certification. Written notification of status will be issued to these teachers.

The preferred standard for French teachers is an average of 70% on the DELF B2 with at least 60% on each of the four components of the DELF B2.

Candidates who have not met the preferred standard may still apply and be considered for French teaching positions on the criterion of proficiency and in accordance with Article 6.03 of the Provincial Collective Agreement.

For more information on DELF examination sessions, including schedules and sites, candidates should e-mail: or telephone (709)864-2494. The DELF Centre is located in the Department of French and Spanish, Memorial University, St. John's campus, in room SN4027

When is the next exam? Where can I take it?

Upcoming examination sessions are taking place during:

November 2016



The Centre for Language Testing and Evaluation is located at the Memorial University St. John's Campus in room SN4027. The Centre for Language Testing and Evaluation is an initiative of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.


How much do the exams cost?

A Level examinations: $100.00

B Level examinations: $175.00


How do I prepare for the exam?

Preparation courses are available for the DELF examination through the Centre for Language Testing and Evaluation. These classes are listed in the Events Calendar and are held in SN4030. Classes take place in the evenings, beginning on February 8, 2016.


What is a passing mark in the DELF?

The total required passing mark for the diploma is 50%. Candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of success in all four skills. A candidate must sit for all four parts of the exam in order to obtain the diploma. If the mark for one of the skills is below 5/25, a candidate will not receive a diploma.


If I obtain the B1 diploma what do I need to do to prepare for the B2?

Each level of the DELF represents a range of proficiency within that level. For example a candidate can obtain a 55% in the B1 or a 90% in the B1. There is also a progression between levels of the DELF. If someone scores 55% in B1, he or she will most likely take three more years of study and immersion in the language to obtain a B2. However, if someone scores 90% in B1, he or she may be able to obtain a B2 in less time.


The Centre for Language Testing and Certification (DELF Centre)

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552