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FAQ: French exams

Fransk kulturhus offers a wide range of certifications in French as a foreign language throughout the year to validate French skills, from initial learning to the most advanced levels.

We organise diplomas and tests: diploma in French language studies (DELF), advanced French language diploma (DALF), French knowledge test (TCF).

The DELF-DALF are organized in partnership with Institut français de Norvège. The TCF and DELF-DALF in partnership with France Education International.

These certifications are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), are issued by the French Ministry of National Education and are recognized within the framework of academic, administrative and professional procedures.

Which exams are available to adults?

There are two types of certifications.

  1. French language study diplomas (DELF A1, A2, B1, B2) and advanced French language diplomas (DALF C1, C2): these are official diplomas recognised throughout the world and valid for life.
  2. French knowledge tests (TCF) are language level tests that assess general French language skills:
    1. TCF Tout public is aimed at people whose mother tongue is not French and is recognised by:
      1. university authorities,
      2. the professional world,
      3. the French authorities,
      4. the Quebec authorities,
      5. education centres.
  1. TCF Canada is accredited by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and recognised by the Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI) for an immigration application in the province of Quebec.

What exams are available to children and teenagers?

Exams are offered according to their age:

  • 8-12 years old: DELF Prim (A1.1, A1, A2)
  • 13 years and over: DELF Junior (A1, A2, B1, B2)
  • 16 years and over: see exams available to adults

How do I choose the exam best suited to my situation?

Although very different from each other, the DELF and the TCF are both certifications intended for non-French-speaking candidates wishing to validate their skills in French. Taking a French test is indeed useful in certain situations, such as:

  • registration in a French-speaking university or higher education school;
  • application for naturalisation;
  • immigration file;
  • have your skills in French certified in a personal or professional context.

Your choice will of course also be guided by your situation, your age, your motivation, your level, your availability and your need for flexibility.

How can I prepare for the exam?

The candidate is required to find out about the examination procedures. We invite you to read all the information communicated on the France Education International website.

We encourage you to put all the chances on your side by preparing as best you can for the chosen exam. Look at our group and private courses which are all based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and therefore prepare you for official exams.

We also offer 100% online preparation courses for DELF B1 and B2 and TCF Tout Public and Canada.

What are the registration procedures?

Register for the exam you want on our registration portal. As the number of places is limited, we recommend that you register as soon as possible to secure your place, and no later than 5 weeks before the exam date.

After receiving your registration request, you will receive an invoice. Your registration will only be validated once the invoice has been paid in full. If you are paying from a foreign bank account, make sure you cover all bank charges, including those of Fransk kulturhus.

How does the exam day take place?

Plan to be available all day. Unless otherwise stated, the examination location is on the premises of Fransk kulturhus.

Timetables are communicated 4 weeks before the exam date.

When will I receive my results?


Results are generally ready between 4 and 5 weeks after the exam date.

If you have reached the number of points necessary to obtain the diploma, your certificate of achievement can be collected by appointment at Fransk kulturhus in person or by a third party (with a power of attorney). Postal delivery is possible on request. This certificate has official value and can be used in all your procedures.

Your official diploma will be available no earlier than 2 months after the exam date and must be collected in person or by a third party (with power of attorney) at Institut français de Norvège. No postal delivery is possible.

If you have not reached the number of points necessary to obtain the diploma, you will have the opportunity to consult your copy by appointment in our examination center. Upon request, we can also send you your transcript by email.

TCF General public and Canada

Results are generally ready 3 weeks after the exam date.

Results certificates are sent by email. These are official digital documents that can be used in all your procedures. There is no paper version.

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