OCDSB Grade 12 French Proficiency Test

What is the DELF?

The Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF) is an internationally-recognized test of French proficiency for persons whose first language is not French. It is based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), which defines language proficiency along six global levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. At each level, proficiency is measured across four competencies: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The French Ministry of National Education awards successful candidates a diploma.

Who can take the DELF?

Twice a year (in the fall and spring), the OCDSB offers its eligible students the opportunity to participate in the DELF. Students are eligible during the semester in which they are enrolled in a Grade 12 FSL course.

With each test administration, student interest continues to grow. In 2018-2019, participation rose to over 1,500 students (87% of all eligible), with 94% successfully obtaining their DELF certificate. We are pleased to continue to offer this opportunity to OCDSB students who have not previously participated, during the semester in which they are enrolled in a Grade 12 FSL course within our District. For more information, please refer to the following brochure:

OCDSB Grade 12 French Proficiency: Information for Students Taking the DELF

What is required to obtain a DELF certificate?

To obtain a DELF certificate, a student must successfully pass both a written exam and an oral interview.

The written exam is scheduled internationally and is conducted at the student’s school, beginning at 12:00 Noon on each test date (see table under DELF Administration Schedule).

Oral interviews take place at one of two district testing sites within 3 weeks following the written exam. Interview slots are limited therefore students are encouraged to register early in order to secure their preferred testing time and location.

DELF Administration Schedule – Semester 2 (Spring 2020)

Please be advised that the spring DELF assessment scheduled to begin April 6, 2020 and run through April 29, 2020 has been cancelled. Please continue to monitor this web page for details on future administrations.

How do students sign-up to challenge the DELF?

To secure their participation, eligible Semester 2 students must express their interest in participating via the Online Form as well as register for their oral interview (instructions provided upon form completion) no later than March 17, 2020.

Confirmation of participation will be sent by March 19, 2020, to the secure OCDSB email address provided at the time of registration. This email will confirm participation in both the written and oral interview at that time.

Note: due to tight timelines and system constraints, we cannot guarantee a place to late registrants, nor to students who fail to register for their oral interview, despite their eligibility.


Where can students get help selecting a test level?

Of students surveyed following the Fall 2018 DELF administration, 39% found it difficult to choose which DELF level to challenge. The OCDSB offers its students a choice of 3 test levels: A2 (least difficult), B1, or B2 (most difficult). Students are encouraged to seek input from their FSL teacher, but are ultimately responsible for  choosing their own DELF test level. Links to test samples provided by France Éducation international (previously CIEP) can be accessed on the official DELF-DALF Canada website:


*Coming Soon* Additional resources to help choose your DELF level and prepare for your test will soon be available here. Please check back soon.

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