DELF

Want to prove how well you can speak French? Try a DELF exam.

Passing the DELF earns you a diploma issued by the French Ministry of Education and recognised around the world.
You can sit the exam in Hamilton, through the Alliance Française de Hamilton. If you need to brush up on your French beforehand, the Alliance also runs French lessons.

What is the DELF?

An exam for a diploma which measures your French ability against a benchmark recognised around Europe. DELF stands for Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française. It covers reading, listening, speaking and writing for the A1, A2 (basic users) and B1, B2 (independent users) levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. You can sit it without a placement test.

What can I sit in Hamilton?

DELF scolaire (if you attend a participating school, or your school would like to sign up) or DELF Tout Public.
Sacred Heart Girls’ College is Hamilton's examination centre. There is also a site in Rotorua for Rotorua/Tauranga schools.

How much does it cost to sit a DELF exam?


When are the exams?

Dates are set by the French Embassy in Wellington, after consultation with regional centres.


What do the levels mean?

A1 and A2: basic users
Example statement for A1 level: Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases.

B1 and B2: independent users
Example statement for B1 level: Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.

This site explains the test format and what you can expect at each level, and here is a brief summary of what speakers at each level should be able to do.

Why should I learn French?

Today, French is an official language in 29 countries and in several dependent entities and is spoken by about 300 million people. It is also an official language of the United Nations and many other international organisations.

Who do I contact to sit the DELF in Hamilton?

Email Zsofia Ban for more information. 

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