How to prepare and score well in DELF Exams?
These DELF Exam Tips can be super useful if you are preparing for any DELF exam, especially DELF A1. Follow these easy tips to score higher.
DELF exam is divided into 4 sections. Each section is 25 points. The exam is 100 points in total. The total duration of the exam is 1 hour and 20 mins. You need to score 50 or more to pass the exam. In DELF A1, the candidate is tested on his/her 4 basic language skills i.e. listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
The exam is divided into 4 sections. Each section is 25 points. The exam is 100 points in total. The total duration of the exam is 1 hour and 20 mins. You need to score 50 or more to pass the exam. In DELF A1, the candidate is tested on his/her 4 basic language skills i.e. listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
Listening Comprehension (Compréhension orale)
Your ability to listen will be tested in this part. For this part, a candidate has been given 20 minutes. The exam consists of 3–4 short audio clips relevant to real-world scenarios, a mix of 3–4 multiple-choice questions (MCQs), open-ended questions, etc. Each question is worth 1–2 points, with 1 being the lowest and 2 being the highest. An audio clip is played twice.
DELF Exam tips
For this section, read the questions first and then try to capture the main theme and overall sense in the first écoute (listen) itself and mark as many answers as you can. In your second écoute (listen), note the main points and mark the leftover answers along with confirming all the answers that you marked in your first écoute (listen).
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Reading Comprehension (Compréhension écrit)
Your ability to read tested in this part. 3 – 4 short, simple texts and materials that are relevant to everyday life are provided in this area, coupled with a mix of 3 – 4 multiple-choice questions (with 4 being the maximum), open-ended questions, etc. A candidate has been given 30 minutes to complete this section.
DELF Exam tips
For this section, you must think of a strategy that suits you the best or whatever way you are comfortable. For example, if reading questions first and then reading the text or document suits you, then do it that way. Again, if reading a text/document first, you think works best for you, go for it.
French children’s story books: Start with something easy, read A1 level books. This will help you in getting familiar with the vocab.
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Written Production/Expression (Production écrit)
Your ability to write in French is tested in this part. A candidate gets 30 mins to complete this section. It consists of 2 sections:
- Complete/Fill out a form: For this part, you need to fill out a form with all your basic and personal information.
- Write a simple postcard, a short note or a message: The word limit is generally 40-50 words. A very short text is required here with simple and basic but grammatically correct sentences.
Structure your text well in your mind before you start writing. In A1, much planning is not needed. Just make sure that your sentences are not very complex in order to reduce grammatical errors. Use simple sentences with sound grammar, vocabulary, and spelling, then you are good to go.
Search for some A1-level topics on the internet and practice writing on those topics.
Oral Production/Expression (Production orale)
Your ability to speak in French is tested in this part. This section doesn’t last for more than 5-7 minutes. Again, this section is divided into 3 exercises:
- Directed Interview: For this part, the examiner will ask you very simple/basic questions. He/she might ask you to present/introduce yourself, about your family, your preferences, your likes/dislikes, etc.
- Exchange of Information: In this exercise, you will be given some words using which you need to ask questions to the examiner. For example, if you get the word Âge, ask a question to the examiner using the word âge.
Âge : Quel Âge avez-vous ?
Sport : Quel sport préférez-vous ?Aimez-vous jouer un sport ?
- Role Play: The objective of this exercise is to test whether a candidate can make a basic conversation and ask for different objects or not. The situations given are very simple and related to everyday situations. The candidate generally gets to play the role of a client/friend/ and the examiner plays the role of a vendor/seller/shopkeeper/friend etc.
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