DELF A1 for schools

​​DELF A1 for schools presentation

DELF A1 scolaire
DELF A1 for schools highlights the first knowledges in French language of teenagers between 12 and 18 years old. DELF A1 for schools recognizes basic knowledge. It is the most basic level at which a language is used, called the "discovery" stage. At this stage, the learner can interact in a simple way: he/she can speak about him/herself and his/her immediate environment. This examination benefits from a very positive evaluation which is not made to sanction but to highlight the French learning. The topics of DELF A1 for schools exam take into account the interests of young people. DELF A1 for schools constitutes a good stage to motivate teenagers in their French learning by recognizing the efforts they made to learn French.

DELF A1 for schools diploma's value is the exact same as the DELF A1. Indeed, the issued diploma is the same. There is no indication on the certificate of the fact that it was the DELF for schools that was taken. Please note that the subjects of the DELF junior version and the DELF for schools are exactly the same. You will take a DELF for schools if there is a convention between local educational authorities and the French embassy of your country. Otherwise, you will take a DELF junior version.

DELF A1 for schools examination is based on level A1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

​​Description of DELF A1 for schools examination

​​Type of tests: DELF A1 for schools
​​Mark out of
Comprehension questionnaires dealing with three or four very short recordings on everyday life (played twice).

Maximum duration of recordings: 3 mins

20 minutes

Comprehension questionnaires dealing with four or five written documents on everyday life.

​​30 minutes

Two parts test:
    - filling in a record, a form
    - writing simple phrases (postcards, messages, stories etc) on everyday topics.

​30 minutes

Three parts test:
     - guided conversation (Approximately 1 minute)
     - exchanging information (Approximately 2 minutes)
     - role-play (Approximately 2 minutes).

​​5 to 7 minutes
10 minutes

​​Total length of group tests: 1 hour 20 minutes
* Total mark out of 100
* Overall pass mark of the DELF A1 for schools: 50 / 100
* Minimum mark required per test: 5 / 25

Further information on DELF A1 for schools

To go further and especially to prepare you well to DELF A1 for schools examination, you can consult and download DELF A1 for schools sample papers.​

You can also consult our article on the DELF A1 writing test.

You may also consult our articles and our videos on the DELF A1 speaking test.

You can also consult our book recommendations to prepare for the DELF A1 for schools.