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The French certificates, DELF and DALF

The DELF and DALF are official certificates issued by the French ministry of education, to certify French skills of foreign candidates.

The DELF and DALF comprise 6 independent certificates which correspond to the six levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages. You will find more information on the CIEP website, including the examination centres and procedures.

The DELF
The DELF covers 4 modules, A1, A2, B1, B2
NoteThe DELF and DALF certificates have permanent validity, however the TEF and TCF remain valid for 2 years only.
If you have a DELF B2 level certificate, you may be exempt from the linguistic Integration package and make you eligible for a "n+i" scholarship.
These units correspond to a level of 500 to 600 hours of study.

The DALF
The DALF certifies the ability to follow lessons at a French or French-speaking university. It comprises 2 levels, C1 and C2.
 
Candidates with the complete DALF certificates are not required to take the language tests for French schools and universities, nor are they required to take the linguistic and methodology integration packagages.  

Table of correspondence between tests and certificates
Common European Framework of Reference TCF points TEF points CIEP /French Ministry of Education Number of hours
A1
Breakthrough
0-199 0-68
69-203
DELF A1 150h
A2
Waystage
200-299 204-360 DELF A2 300h
B1
Threshold
300-399 361-540 DELF B1 450h
B2
Vantage
400-499 541-698 DELF B2 600h
C1
Advanced
500-599 699-833 DALF C1 750h
C2
Mastery
600-699 834-900 DALF 900h

Table of correspondence between tests and certificates.
For more information se http://www.coe.int/T/DG4/Portfolio/?L=E&M=/main_pages/levels.html