French test and certification

French language tests and certifications

It is important for a student of French as a foreign language to validate their knowledge officially, with appropriate organizations. Here you will find a (non-exhaustive) list of tests and exams that you may take in the future.

These tests and exams do not come directly to AAA, but we encourage our students to take the French exams and offer preparation course for the DELF / DALF exams in order to be ready on D-Day.

The exams are offered by France Education International (FEI) and French for Business (from the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry).

France Education international

FEI is an official French institute responsible for the design and management of a wide range of exams and certifications. If you are interested in certain exams, we recommend that you visit the official FEI website for full details.

Business French

Business French is an establishment of the Paris Ile-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and an organization for certification and training in French, for professional purposes. The official website of French for business.

List of French language exams and tests

French language diplomas:
  • The DIFL (Initial French Language Diploma):

The DIFL (Diplôme Initial de Langue Française) is a diploma validating the first level of proficiency in French (A1.1 from the CERC)


  • The DELF (Diploma in French Language Studies) and DALF (Advanced Diploma in the French Language):

The DELF comes in several forms (general public, junior, school) adapted to your age group. However, they all come in the same form.

The diplomas are to certify the skills in French of foreign candidates and French people from a non-French speaking country who do not hold a French public secondary or higher education diploma.

The DELF is presented by level of the European Framework of Reference for Languages (A1, A2, B1, and B2). The DALF is presented for two distinct levels, C1 and C2.

The DILF, DELF and DALF are official diplomas issued by the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, so they are valid for life.

You can prepare for DELF and DALF diplomas at AAA with our preparation courses.


French language tests
  • The TCF (French Assessment Test)

The TCF is a test designed to assess your knowledge of French via three compulsory tests (oral comprehension, mastery of language structures, written comprehension) to which two additional tests (oral expression and written expression) can be added. Candidates obtain a certificate on the global level which is valid for two years. This test provides a reliable assessment of language skills which are particularly useful for university administrations. It is also available in other forms (TCF Access to French nationality, TCF Quebec, TCF resident card in France, etc.)

  • The TEF (French Assessment Test)

The TEF is a test that measures your level of knowledge and skills in French. The results are valid for two years. It comes in several forms adapted to different needs: naturalization, professional framework, studies, immigration, etc.

  • To find out more about the TEF, click here.
  • To register for the test and find out about registration costs, dates and places of examination, you will need to contact an approved center : List of TEF examination centers

Why take the DELF / DALF?

  1. French skills officially recognized for life.
  2. Certifications recognized worldwide.
  3. Your international, student and professional mobility facilitated.
  4. Possibility of entering a university in France (with a diploma of level B2 or higher) without additional language test.
  5. Diplomas recognized by French-speaking universities around the world from Belgium to Canada.
  6. A real asset for your professional career, for working in a French-speaking region, country or in a bilingual working environment.
How to prepare for the DELF / DALF?