Examinations

Official French examinations recognised worlwide

Accent Français can also help prepare and register you for several examinations to fulfil your academic, professional and/or personal goals.

You will find more information on each examination below. Our entire team is at your disposal if you need any advice.

Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF)

Presentation of the TCF examination

The Test de Connaissance du Français assesses your level of French for personal, academic or professional reasons.

 

Three compulsory examinations Two optional examinations
  Listening comprehension
29 questions
25 minutes
  Spoken expression
12 minutes
76 questions
1 h 25 mins
Use of language structures
18 questions
15 minutes
1 h 12 mins Writen expression
60 minutes
 

Reading comprehension

29 questions
45 minutes

   

 

It is comprised of three compulsory examinations and two additional examinations.

Test du Connaissance du Français Ministre de l'Éducation Nationale, de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Association Française pour l'Assurance de la Qualité

Listening comprehension (29 questions, 25 minutes)

The questions assess your ability to understand spoken French.

Use of language structures: grammar and vocabulary (18 questions, 25 minutes)

The questions assess your ability to identify and select the correct wording in syntactic and lexical structures. The questions are always linked with communicative situations and the context of France or French-speaking countries.

Reading comprehension (29 questions, 45 minutes)

The questions assess your ability to understand written French. The documents are representative of texts that can be read in France or French-speaking countries.

Advice and recommendations to pass this examination:

  • Arrive 30 to 45 minutes before the beginning of the test;
  • Don't forget to bring ID and a black pen;
  • Listen carefully to the instructions given by the supervisor;
  • Listen carefully to the oral documents and questions as they will only be played once;
  • Read the instructions carefully;
  • Listen carefully to the questions and make the most of the time you have to think about your answers, don't just answer randomly;
  • If you hesitate too long, move on to the next question;
  • Write your answers straight onto the answer sheet, don't write anything in the booklet.

The TCF Certificate

Each candidate will receive a certificate that is valid for two years; in a way, it is a photograph of your level at a certain moment in time.

For more information on the TCF, we recommend you read the official presentation of the examination on the CIEP website:
Detailed information

Preparing for the examination

Accent Français offers a specific programme to prepare you for the TCF examination: our French Course for Exam Preparation. It will allow you to familiarise yourself with this test and to understand what is expected of you, so that you can sit the examination in optimum conditions and get the results you deserve!

Our French Course for Exam Preparation is available all year round. The time needed to prepare for the examination depends on your current level of French, how much you intend to study outside of class and your goal. We usually recommend you prepare for 6 to 12 weeks before the examination.

Prepare for your examination in optimum conditions with Accent Français:

  • Course available all year round and for the length of your choice
  • A programme designed by examiners
  • Small groups (maximum of 3 people) in order to work on all aspects of the examination
For more information on our French Course for Exam Preparation, please click here

 

Dates and registration for the examination

To download the official TCF calendarplease click here
To download your TCF registration form, please click here

Diplôme d'Etude en Langue Française/
Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française

Presentation of the DELF/DALF examination

PRESENTATION OF THE DELF/DALF EXAMINATION

DELF and DALF are official qualifications awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the competency in French of foreign candidates and French people from non-French speaking countries who do not hold a French high school or university diploma.

The offer is adapted to every age and every audience. It corresponds to the 6 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

CECRL DELF User
A1 DELF A1 Basic
A2 DELF A2
B1 DELF B1 Intermediate
B2 DELF B2
C1 DALF C1 Proficient
C2 DALF C2
Diplôme d'Études en Langue Française (DELF) - Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française (DALF) Ministre de l'Éducation Nationale, de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche

The examinations can be taken in the 900 approved examination centres in 154 countries, including France.

The DELF and DALF qualifications are under the authority of the CIEP. The 6 diplomas that make up DELF and DALF are completely independent. This means that, depending on their level, candidates can register for the examination of their choice.

At each level, the same 4 skills are assessed: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Sample papers: http://www.ciep.fr/delf-tout-public/exemples-des-sujets

For more information on the DELF and DALF examinations, we recommend you read the official presentation of the examination on the CIEP website:
http://www.ciep.fr/delf-tout-public/presentation-des-epreuves

Preparing for the examination

Our French Course for Exam Preparation is available all year round. The time needed to prepare for the examination depends on your current level of French, how much you intend to study outside of class and your goal. We usually recommend you prepare for 6 to 12 weeks before the examination.

Prepare for your examination in optimum conditions with Accent Français:

  • Course available all year round and for the length of your choice
  • A programme designed by examiners
  • Small groups (maximum of 3 people) in order to work on all aspects of the examination

Dates and registration for the examination

To download the official DELF/DALF calendar 2017

To download the official DELF/DALF calendar 2018