When learning languages, it is important to give oneself goals. Taking an official examination is an excellent objective. Since 1996, The Language Center has successfully trained students to pass examinations. We can help you prepare for the following exams:
TCF: Test de connaissance du français
The TCF measures general ability in French. It is neither possible to pass nor to fail this test. Instead, you obtain a result corresponding to one of the 6 language levels defined by the CEFRL. The TCF test is divided into two parts: the compulsory and the optional examinations. The compulsory tests consist of multiple-choice questions (duration: 1h25) and measure written and oral comprehension of the language, as well as your proficiency in language structures. The optional tests (duration: 1h12) measure oral and written expression in French.
You may take the TCF examination more than once, though you must wait at least 30 days between 2 examinations. It is not possible to only enrol for the optional examination.
The TCF examinations take place several times per year.
Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française A1
The DELF A1 recognizes basic knowledge. The learner can interact in a simple way: he/she is able to speak about him/herself and about his/her immediate environment.
Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française A2
The DELF A2 recognizes the linguistic competency of a basic user who is able to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring the most common polite phrases and exchanges of information.
Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française B1
The DELF B1 recognizes the linguistic competency of an “independent” user. The learner is able to maintain a discussion and give his/her opinion. He/she is able to cope with situations likely to occur in daily life.
Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française B2
With the DELF B2, the learner has obtained a degree of independence that allows him/her to construct arguments, to defend his/her opinions, to explain his/her point of view and to negotiate. The learner is capable of speaking quite fluently and of correcting his/her own mistakes.
Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française C1
Language users at level C1 are independent. They can express themselves fluently and spontaneously. They have a rich vocabulary and are able to choose the appropriate expression to give their opinion. They are capable of producing clear, well-structured sentences without hesitation. Students who have been awarded the DALF C1 are exempted from language entrance examinations in some French universities.
Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française C2
Language users at level C2 have obtained a proficiency in the language that is illustrated by precision, appropriateness and fluency of expression. C2 students are able to use the language for academic and advanced-level purposes. Students who have passed the DALF C2 are exempt from entrance language tests for French universities.
These qualifications are based on the 6 levels of the CEFRL and exist in several versions for the DELF: Tout Public, Junior, Pro et Prim.
The DELF/DALF examinations take place several times per year.
Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris
The Diploma in French for Business will enable you to certify that you are able to use oral and written French in an effective manner in the main situations of professional communication, and that you are fully prepared to handle the interpersonal, administrative and commercial aspects of company business. There are 5 diplomas in French for Business, from level A1 to C1.
The Diploma in French for International relations is intended especially for executives from international or regional organizations who need to use French in the context of their professional activity, national administrative officials likely to play a role in the work of international or European institutions, and journalists. There are 5 diplomas in French for International relations, from level B1 to C1.
The Diploma in French for Tourism, Hospitality and Catering responds to a need for training and certification in professional French among the staff of restaurants, hotels, or travel agencies who are not native speakers of French, in view of their engagement with French-speaking clientele, or their advancement in a French-speaking market. This diploma is intended for professionals in the hotel, tourism and catering industries whose tasks include receiving customers. This diploma shows the ability of the learner to use French in the context of professional communication and to discuss socio-economic topics. It also tests a general knowledge of business and the economy. There are 3 diplomas in French for Tourism, Hospitality and Catering, from level A2 to B2.