The DELF/DALF examination centre is located in Paul-Valéry Montpellier University, at the University Institute of French as a Foreign Language (IEFE).

Several test sessions are organised per year (levels B2, C1 and C2, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL)).

The examination centre has 40 CIEP-registered jury-members. The IEFE organises test sessions under the guise of the CIEP. For further information, please contact Mrs. Patricia Gardies, DELF/DALF pedagogical manager, by e-mail:  patricia.gardies@univ-montp3.fr

DELF/DALF diplomas provide French language skills level certification and are required for enrolment in French universities or higher education institutes (from level B2).

The diplomas are valid for life and are internationally recognised.

✍  Type of test


DELF B2 ➠ A B2 user has a degree of independence that allows him/her to construct arguments, defend his/her opinion, explain his/her viewpoint and negotiate. At this level, the candidate has a degree of fluency and spontaneity in regular interactions and is capable of correcting his/her own mistakes.


Listening comprehension

Comprehension questionnaires on two recorded documents:

  •  interview, news flash... (Played once)
  •  presentation, conference, speech, documentary, radio or television programme (played twice).

Maximum duration of all recordings: 8 minutes

30 minutes/25


Comprehension questionnaires on two written documents:

  •  news style text concerning France or French-speaking territories
  •  persuasive discourse.
1 hour/25


Taking a personal stand (contributing to a debate, formal letter, review of a film/book)

1 hour/25


Stating and defending an opinion based on a short document designed to trigger reaction.

30 minutes of preparation and 20 minutes of practicen


Total length of group tests: 2 hours 30 minutes

DELF C1 ➠ The language user at level C1 is autonomous. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously. Has a wide lexical repertoire and chooses suitable expressions to introduce his/her ideas. Can produce clear, well-structured and spontaneous speech, showing controlled use of organisational patterns.



Answers comprehension questionnaires on recorded documents:

  • a long document (interview, course, conference...) lasting about eight minutes (played twice)
  • several short radio broadcasts (news flashes, polls, commercials...) (Played once).

Maximum duration of all recordings: 10 minutes

40 minutes/25


Answer a comprehension questionnaire on a text of ideas (literary or journalistic) of 1,500 to 2,000 words.

50 minutes/25


Test in two parts:

  • synthesis from several written documents of around 1,000 words

argued essay based on document content

2 hours 30 minutes/25

Spoken production

Presentation based on several written documents, followed by a discussion with the jury.

1 hour of preparation


30 minutes of production


 Total duration for group tests: 4 hours

DALF C2 ➠ C2 user’s proficiency in the language is illustrated by precision, appropriateness and fluency of expression. C2 candidates are capable of using the language for academic and advanced-level purposes.


Listening and Speaking
Three-part test:

  • write-up on the contents of a recording (played twice)
  • personal development based on issues given in the recording
  • debate with the examiners.

preparation - 1 hour

production - 30 minutes 

Reading and Writing
Writing a structured text (article, editorial, report, speech, etc.) based on several documents totalling approximately 2,000 words.

3 hours and 30 minutes/50

Total duration of group tests: 3 hours and 30 minutes


Last updated : 05/05/2023