The DILF/DELF/DALF is the French equivalent of the English proficiency test TOEFL*, but the tests for these two languages are quite different. TOEFL certification, which is offered by Educational Testing Services, requires that candidates take a 2- to 4-hour test, after which they receive a TOEFL score indicating their level of proficiency. In contrast, DILF/DELF/DALF certification consists of multiple levels. Rather than a score, DILF/DELF/DALF candidates work to obtain one of seven diplômes from the Ministère de l'Éducation nationale, de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche:
- DILF A1.1
- DELF A1
- DELF A2
- DELF B1
- DELF B2
- DALF C1
- DALF C2
For details about DILF/DELF/DALF, including descriptions of the tests in each unit; access to sample topics; and information about test centers (in some 150 countries), schedules, and fees, please visit the official DILF website and the official DELF/DALF website.
The Alliance française and many other French schools offer DILF/DELF/DALF preparation classes as well as the exams themselves, and the Centre national d'enseignement à distance offers correspondence courses in DELF/DALF preparation.
DILF - Diplôme initial de langue française
DELF - Diplôme d'études en langue française
DALF - Diplôme approfondi de langue française
TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language