Frequently Asked Questions

What are the DELF-DALF examinations?

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


Who is eligible to take the DELF-DALF examinations?

In Newfoundland and Labrador the  diploma is available to high school students, postsecondary students, and to members of the general public. (French teachers, government employees, etc.) who are interested 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. The diploma adds value to resumés, as a continuously growing number of administrative bodies, employers and educational institutions recognize the diploma as a measure of French 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?

For the 2018 year  DELF Tout Public examination sessions are taking place in March, June and November. These dates are the same at all DELF Centres across Canada. 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. Contact

How much do the exams cost?

A Level examinations: $100.00

B Level examinations: $175.00

 C Level examinations: $200.00

How do I prepare for the exam?

Preparation courses are available for the DELF examination through the Centre for Language Testing and Evaluation. The next classes are scheduled for September 2018. Dates and times will be published on this site. Contact

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.




The Centre for Language Testing and Certification (DELF Centre)

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000