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French Language Beginners DELF A1 Course

This level of the DELF is the most basic level at which a language is called discovery stage . At this stage, the person can interact in a simple way with French speakers , he/she can speak about himself/herself and his/her immediate environment. There are parts to the exam that each candidate must take. These are listening , reading , writing and speaking.


Comprehension questionnaires dealing with three or four very short recordings on everyday life. The candidate hears the recordings two times. The maximum duration of the recordings is 3 minutes. The whole section lasts about 20 minutes.


There are comprehension questionnaires that deal with four or five written documents about everyday life. This section lasts about 30 minutes.


There are two parts to the writing section:

  • Filling in a form of some sort: your name, address, telephone number, etc.
  • Writing simple phrases in the context of a postcard, messages, or simple story, etc. on everyday topics.

This section of the exam lasts about 30 minutes. Exam candidates are not expected to write anything clever or brilliant, just clear and grammatically correct.


There are three parts to this section.

  • Guided conversation
  • Exchange of information
  • Role-play

DELF examiners guide the conversations, information exchanges and role play for the candidates, so candidates will know what is expected.

This section lasts approximately 5-7 minutes and more than one candidate will take part at one time. There is a 10 minute preparation time period as well.

The total time for the four sections should be 1 hour and 20 minutes