French Language Certification

We are the ACCREDITED CENTER FOR THE TCF Certificate (Test de Connaissance du Français)

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Please call the Reception for more information (303) 831-0304



Fees are subject to change according to the value of the Euro at the time of the exam.
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Payments must be made in full at the time of registration. No refund or credit will be made under any circumstances once the registration is processed, unless the AFD must cancel a session of tests (in which case you will be fully refunded.)

Colorado's only accredited center for the official DELF/DALF French language certifications

The Alliance Française de Denver holds several examination sessions each year. Contact us for more information.

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Registration form >

DELF/DALF calendar & pricing information >

Official DELF/DALF website > (for more info, tests descriptions & practice tests)

What are DELF and DALF diplomas?

  • DELF and DALF are diplomas administered by the French Ministry of Education.
  • They are recognized anywhere in the world.
  • They are to the French language what the Cambridge Certificate proficiency tests are to English.

Why should I take these exams?

  • To add credibility to your resume.
  • These diplomas are recognized everywhere in the world and valued by French and European employers.
  • Taking these exams is an opportunity to find out what your real level of French is, and to get your French skills certified.

The DELF and DALF are offered in 154 countries and 900 exam centers in the world. Over 60,000 diplomas are delivered every year and there have been 2,500,000 registrations since their creation in 1985.

Since September 2005, the structure of the exams and diplomas has been standardized to fit within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe. Developed through a process of scientific research and wide consultation, the Framework provides a practical tool for setting clear standards to be reached at successive stages of learning, and for evaluating outcomes within an internationally comparable manner.

The exams consist of 6 independent diplomas, each corresponding to one of the 6 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference. Each diploma can obtained independently from each other, in the same country or in a different country, and with no set timeframe.

What is the structure of the examination?

The tests for each diploma evaluate the four following skills: oral comprehension and expression, and written comprehension and expression. Total grade out of 100 – Minimum grade for obtaining the diploma: 50/100 – Required grade per examination: 5/25.

How do I know which level I should take?

Candidates can take the exam(s) at any level without placement test, but we advise to contact us prior to the registration to make sure you choose the right exam.

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 as well as 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. Students who have completed level 103 at the Alliance Française de Denver may take the A1 exam.

Total duration of the examination

A1: collective examination: 1h20 / oral composition: 5 to 7 mins (prep 10 minutes)

DELF A2 – Basic User
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need. Students who have completed level 203 at the Alliance Française de Denver may take the A2 exam.

Total duration of the examination

A2: collective examination: 1h40 / oral composition: 6 to 8 minutes (prep 10 minutes)

DELF B1 – Independent User
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. Students who have completed level 302 at the Alliance Française de Denver may take the B1 exam.

Total duration of the examination

B1: collective examination: 1h45 / oral composition: 15 minutes (preparation 10 minutes)

DELF B2 – Independent User
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. Candidates may take the B2 exam after 400 to 700 hours of instruction.

Total duration of the examination

B2: collective examination: 2h30 / oral composition: 20 minutes (preparation 30 minutes)

DALF C1 – Proficient User
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself 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. Candidates may take the C1 exam after 600 to 900 hours of instruction.

Total duration of the examination

C1: collective examination: 4h / oral composition: 30 minutes (preparation 60 minutes)

DALF C2 – Proficient User
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations. 1000 hours minimum of instruction are required to take the C2 exam.

Total duration of the examination

C2: collective examination: 3h30 / oral composition: 30 minutes (preparation 60 minutes)

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