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The Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF) exam

On this page, you can learn about

Background - about the DELF
Advantages of taking the DELF
Eligibility: Who can write the DELF?
Cost
How to register
Exam schedule
DELF registration form  
Links to more information

Background

What is the DELF exam?
The Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF) is the official French-language diploma awarded by France’s Ministry of National Education.

The DELF is an official certificate of French second language proficiency.

It is recognized in 165 countries and is valid for life.

Is the DELF exam required?
The DELF exam is an optional exam. The results have no impact on the student’s grade or graduation requirements.

How does the exam work?
The Department of Education, in collaboration with the University of Calgary French Centre, is offering the DELF exam in April 2017.

The exam tests the ability of students to use French in real-life situations. It assesses:

  • written comprehension
  • oral comprehension
  • written expression
  • oral expression

Students can earn certificates at various levels.

The DELF Scolaire has four levels:

A – Basic User

  • A1 Beginner
  • A2 Elementary 

B – Independent User

  • B1 Pre-intermediate
  • B2 Intermediate 

The Department of Education will offer exams for levels A2, B1 and B2.

Students who choose to take the DELF exam can only test at one level. They will work with their French teacher to decide which level of exam they will do.

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Advantages: Why take the DELF exam? 

French is an official language in almost 50 countries, including Canada. It is spoken by more than 200 million people on five continents. French is an official language of the United Nations and the Red Cross, among many other international organizations.

DELF is an international recognition of French language skills:

  • is based on an international standard used in 165 countries
  • is recognized internationally by francophone postsecondary institutions, including many in Canada
  • can lead to acceptance into a university in France (B2 or higher level)
  • describes in meaningful terms what the candidate can do in French
  • helps to open doors to a wide range of career and recreational opportunities throughout Canada and around the world
  • can provide professional advancement opportunities

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Who can take the DELF?

The DELF exam is open to Yukon students in Grades 11 and 12 who are completing or have completed the final French course of their FSL program.   

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Cost

Does the exam cost anything?

The exam costs between $60 and $105. However, the Department of Education will pay for French Second Language students in Yukon who are completing or have completed their Grade 12 French courses.

The Department will only cover the cost of the exam once.

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How to register

To register your child to take the DELF exam, fill out the registration form  and return it to your child’s French teacher or the Department of Education at french.programs@gov.yk.ca. 

The deadline to register is March 31, 2017.

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Exam Schedule

 Level  Cost  Written exam  Oral exam  Location
 B2  $105 *Cost covered by Yukon Department of Education

Monday
April 24, 2017
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Monday
April 24, 2017
*by appointment
45 minutes

 TBA
 B1  $105 *Cost covered by Yukon Department of Education Tuesday
April 25, 2017
9:00 - 10:45 a.m. 
Tuesday
April 25, 2017
*by appointment
30 minutes
 TBA
 A2  $60 *Cost covered by Yukon Department of Education  Wednesday
April 26, 2017
9:00 - 10:40 a.m.
Wednesday
April 26, 2017
*by appointment
30 minutes
 TBA

Students must be present for both the written and oral parts or they will fail the exam.

If they are absent, they must inform their teacher why they did not attend their exam.

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For more information and resources

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Tel: 867-667-8610
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Fax: 867-393-6339
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