Tests and diplomas



Learning a foreign language is hard work that needs to be evaluated and merits recognition. The French cultural network offers a diverse and comprehensive range of tests and diplomas covering a wide scope of levels and knowledge.

There are two main tools for recognising language skills: certification and tests.

Certification involves examinations to evaluate complex skills and knowledge, consisting of a number of variable components and leading to the award of diplomas of unlimited validity over time.

Tests are assessments that are quick to complete and variable in their period of validity, resulting in a score that ranks candidates according to level and skills.

Diploma Target audience Where to find information
Online? In your home country?
DELF French language diploma Any non-French speaker wishing to validate French skills.
DELF general
DELF Prim for children aged 8-12
DELF junior/scholastic for adolescents
DELF Pro: French for professional use
Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP)
www.ciep.fr/delfdalf/
Your nearest French Cultural Centre or Alliance Française or French Institute, or Cooperation and Cultural Action Service
DALF Advanced French language diploma Any non-French speaker wishing to validate university level or professional French skills. Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP)
www.ciep.fr/delfdalf/presentation-dalf.php
DFP Diploma of professional French Any non-French speaker wishing to validate written and oral French communication skills in a professional environment Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris (CCIP)
www.fda.ccip.fr/examens/
DU University diploma Any non-French speaker or student wishing to validate their French language skills All ADCUEFE universities: www.campus-fle.fr
Test Target audience Online? In your home country ?
TCF French knowledge test Any non-French speaker wishing to have their knowledge of French assessed for professional or personal reasons, or for their studies Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP)
www.ciep.fr/tcf/
Your nearest French Cultural Centre or Alliance Française or French Institute, or Cooperation and Cultural Action Service
TEF French evaluation test Any non-French speaker wishing to have their level of French assessed Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris (CCIP)
www.fda.ccip.fr/tef

Updated on March 2011