Non-native french speakers seeking international recognition for their proficiency in French can do so by taking a proficiency test. There are two diplomas of certification. The first is the Diplôme d’études en Langue Française (DELF), known in English as Diploma in French Studies. The second certification is is the `Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française (DALF) known in English as Diploma in Advanced French.
This examination assesses the ability of non-native French speakers to communicate in aspects of their daily, academic and professional lives. It determines an individual’s communicative ability in French based on 6 levels of diplomas.
These tests evaluate students on their proficiency of the French Language based on 4 components of communication: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The DELF comprises of 4 diplomas – A1, A2, B1, B2, while the DALF comprises of 2 diplomas – C1 and C2.
Each level of examination is independent, therefore, candidates can register for whichever level of examination they choose.
Each diploma corresponds to a level stipulated by the Common European Framework for Languages (CFER), ranging from A1 Level for beginners to C2 for mastery of the language. These diplomas are administered by the Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) for France’s Ministry of Education.