The DELF B2 exam has four areas in which it assesses each candidate: listening, reading, writing and speaking. Below is an outline of what a candidate can expect to encounter during an exam. The B2 user has a degree of independence that allows him/her to construct arguments to 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.
There are comprehension questions on three recordings. Areas covered are
- An interview, news bulletin, etc. (played once)
- A presentation, lecture, speech, documentary, radio or television program (played twice).
The maximum time for a recording is eight minutes. That will seem very long during the actual exam. The listening section in its entirety lasts approximately 30 minutes.
There are comprehension questions on two written documents. The documents may be
- A text of an informational nature, regarding France or the French-speaking world
- A text of an argumentative nature
Expect to encounter a wide variety of vocabulary and sentence structures in the readings. This section lasts approximately one hour.
You will have to write and assume a personal position that contributes to a debate, formal letter, or review of a film/book. This section will last an hour.
You are expected to write logically, coherently and support your views properly. Additionally, you must use the appropriate expressions of formality for academic writing in French. A very good range of vocabulary with a variety of sentence structures are expected as is the ability to minimize grammatical and spelling errors.
Each candidate will state and defend an opinion, based on a short document that is designed to elicit a reaction from you. A candidate’s opinions must be academically stated i.e. use formal terms and the candidate must provide clear, well-organized verbal support for the stance. This section will last approximately 20 minutes with 30 minutes to prepare (reading and organizing your response).