DELF & DALF Diplomas



The A1 Level (Breakthrough or beginner) user

  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Description of DELF A1 examination


  • Comprehension questionnaires dealing with three or four very short recordings about everyday life (played twice)
  • Maximum duration of recordings: 3 mins


  • Comprehension questionnaires dealing with four or five written documents about everyday life

Two parts test:

  • Filling in a record, a form
  • Writing simple phrases (postcards, messages, stories etc) on everyday topics

Test in three parts:

  • Guided conversation (Approximately 1 minute)
  • Exchanging information (Approximately 2 minutes)
  • Role-play (Approximately 2 minutes)

Time & Grading

Listening Approximately
20 minutes
/ 25
Reading ​​30 minutes / 25
Writing 30 minutes / 25
Speaking 10 min preparation time + 5 to 7 minutes test / 25
Total length of group tests: 1 hour 20 minutes Total mark out of 100

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