Diplôme d’études en langue française

CANCELLED:  DELF Exams May 4-15, 2020 

The Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF) exams scheduled to occur between May 4-15, 2020 are cancelled.  During this time of physical distancing, it is impossible to bring the required number of students and staff together safely. 

We thank you for your understanding. 

The Durham District School Board (DDSB) will be offering the DELF exam again this year. Students who have registered in grade 12 FSL classes (Semester 1 or Semester 2) will be given the opportunity to complete the DELF exam.  This exam tests students’ ability to use French in real-life situations. Successful candidates will receive a DELF diploma from France’s Ministry of National Education. The diploma is recognized around the world and is valid for life. 

This year’s exam will take place during the week of May 4th, 2020.

The application/consent form must be submitted by 5pm on February 28th in order to be considered.

What is the DELF?

The Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF) is an internationally recognized test of French proficiency. 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 that is valid for life.

Who can take the DELF?

Students who have enrolled in a Grade 12 FSL course this year, and who have not previously written the DELF.

Where and when will the test take place?

The test is scheduled to take place at Forest Brook Community Centre located at 60 Kearney Drive in Ajax.  However, this may change based on number of participating students.  More information will follow closer to the date. 

Written exams will be as follows:

Dates for Written exams

Test Level

Date of Written Exam


B2 (most difficult)

May 4



May 5



May 6


If you do not arrive on time, you will not be permitted to write the written exam. No exceptions.

Individual oral exam times will be scheduled between May 5-15, and will likely be on a separate date from the written exam. Please note, we cannot accommodate requests for specific dates and your oral interview time slot will not be changed. 

How do students sign up?

There are a limited number of spaces available.

If interested in participating, students must:

• complete the Application/Consent Form by February 28th at 5pm               

 NB* Students under the age of 18 MUST have the consent portion of the application electronically signed by a parent/guardian in order to be considered.  Applications must be submitted via the Google Form and will not be accepted in any other format (Students must be logged into Google Chrome with their DDSB account in order to access the form). 

Application/consent forms must be submitted no later than 5pm on February 28th to be considered.

Confirmation of participation will be sent during the month of March via your FSL teacher/Department Head.

Detailed information about scheduling for the oral interviews will be provided after confirmation of participation.

Note: Transportation to and from the testing site is the responsibility of the student.