Diplôme d'Études en Langue Française (DELF)

The Avon Maitland District School Board is excited to offer the DELF to FSL secondary students each spring. Over the past seven years we have seen student interest and enthusiasm for the French Proficiency test grow.


What is the DELF?

The DELF – (Diplôme d’études en langue française) is an internationally recognized test of French proficiency. It is based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), which defines language proficiency along six global levels, A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. At each level, proficiency is measured across four competencies: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Successful candidates are awarded a diploma from the French Ministry of National Education.

Since 2011, the Avon Maitland District School Board has had 553 secondary students challenge the DELF.

Why Challenge the DELF?

French is spoken worldwide and is the official language in almost 50 countries, including Canada. The DELF is recognized in more than 165 countries and…

  • Provides life-long certification
  • Recognizes your proficiency in French
  • Awards you with an official document that could be added to your resume or portfolio
  • Describes what you can do in oral communication, listening, reading and writing in French
  • Opens doors for travel, job and educational opportunities
  • Is recognized as a certified language assessment for acceptance into a French university (B2 level or higher)

The DELF at Avon Maitland District School Board

  • Four test levels will be offered: A1, A2, B1 and B2. Students may challenge only one level.
  • Choice regarding which level to challenge should be made with assistance from the student’s FSL teacher.
  • FEI (France Éducation International) offers some sample exams to assist in determining which level to challenge.
  • Details about the DELF Junior/Scolaire (the test that AMDSB administers).
  • Students will be tested on all four competencies: oral, listening, reading and writing (accommodations are provided for students with an IEP).
  • All students will complete an oral interview either preceding or following the written component of the exam.
  • Transportation to and from the testing site is the responsibility of the student.
  • Information about current year tests will be posted when it becomes available.

All participants will be required to pay a non-refundable fee (cash or a cheque made payable to the Avon Maitland District School Board)

Grade 12 Provincial Proficiency Project

The Avon Maitland District School Board is part of the provincial FSL Student Proficiency Project, which is exploring student proficiency in grade 12 FSL, core and immersion.


Participation in this project requires student DELF results to be included anonymously in the province’s FSL Student Proficiency Project data collection. Participation in this project is voluntary.

Additional Information

Should you have any questions related to the DELF test at Avon Maitland District School Board, please contact the board office: [email protected].