DELF & DALF Diplomas



The C1 Level (Operational Proficiency or advanced) user

  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
  • Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Description of DALF C1 examination

Comprehension questionnaires dealing with recordings:

  • A long recording (interview, lesson, conference...) approximately eight minutes long (played twice)
  • Several short radio broadcasts (newsflashes, surveys, adverts etc) (played once)
  • Maximum duration of recordings: 10 mins


  • Comprehension questionnaires dealing with a text of ideas (literacy or journalistic), 1,500 to 2,000 words long

Two parts test:

  • Summarize several written documents totalling approximately 1,000 words
  • Write an essay with supporting arguments on the documents contents


  • A presentation based on a series of written documents, followed by a discussion with the examiners

Time & Grading

Listening Approximately
40 minutes
/ 25
Reading ​​50 min / 25
Writing 2 hours 30 min / 25
Speaking 1 hr preparation time + 30 minutes test / 25
Total length of group tests: 4 hours Total mark out of 100

*Overall pass mark of the DELF A1: 50 / 100
*Minimum mark required per test: 5 / 25