DELF A1 is considered to be the discovering level and is usually reached after  80 hours of french language study. and ideally for a true beginner. If you would like to determine if this level is for you please check out A1 -C2 self Assessment checklist.pdf .

DELF A1 Exam Format

The DELF A1 exam consists of 4 sections evaluating the 4 language skills, namely: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The Listening, Reading and Writing, is covered under one paper. The speaking is usually not done at the same time as the other sections of the exam. The total duration of the test is 1h20min. The overall pass mark is 50/100. The pass mark  for each section is 5/25.

 DELF A1 Listening comprehension

This section of the exam is 20 minutes in duration and is worth 25 marks.  It consist of three or four very short recordings, played twice, on everyday life. The maximum duration of each recording is 3 minutes.

DELF A1 Reading Comprehension

This section of the exam is 30 minutes in duration and is worth 25 marks. It covers  four or five written documents on everyday life.

 DELF A1 Writing Production

This section of the exam is 20 minutes in duration and is worth 25 marks. There are two parts to this section: Part 1 covers filing in a form (information usually of a personal nature such as your name, address, marital status etc) Part 2, require the writing of simple sentences on everyday topics (postcards, messages, stories etc).

 DELF A1 Speaking

This section of the exam is about 20 minutes in duration,however, the actual time spend speaking is 5 to 7 minutes.The remaining time is allocated to preparation, which you will be given before your speaking time. About 10 minutes before  your actually speaking time, you will be given the associated topic that you will talk about. Part one is a guided conversation, while part two and three deals with information exchange and a role play respectively.

The section and is divided into three parts and is worth 25 marks.

 How do you prepare for this exam?

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