Diplôme d’études en langue française

Durham District School Board (DDSB) offers DELF administrations to eligible students twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Students are eligible during the semester in which they are enrolled in a Grade 12 FSL course.  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 semester 1 collective exam will take place from November 14, 2023 to November 25, 2023.

The application/consent form must be submitted by 4pm on Thursday, October 5, 2023 in order to be considered.  Late applications will not 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 exam 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.

The DELF is an optional exam.  To learn more about the DELF, please visit their website.

Who can take the DELF?

Students who have enrolled in the Grade 12 Core French or Français (French Immersion) course this year, and who have not previously written the DELF.

When will the test take place?

Dates for collective exams (reading, listening, writing) will be as follows:

Test Level

Date of Collective Exam


B2 (most difficult)

November 13, 2023



November 14, 2023



November 15, 2023


Students must arrive one hour earlier than the scheduled exam time.  If you do not arrive on time, you will not be permitted to take the written exam. No exceptions. Transportation to and from the testing site is the responsibility of the student.

Students individually complete the oral interviews as scheduled for the November session between November 16 - 24, 2023.  Due to the increase in student participation, the individual oral exam (interview) will take place during the school day, on evenings and weekends.

How do students sign up?

If interested in participating, students must:

• complete the application/consent form by Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Application/Consent Form               

 Please note* 

  • 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 4pm on October 5 to be considered.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Confirmation of participation and the location of the exams will be sent via your FSL teacher/Department Head.  For additional information please contact your Grade 12 French teacher.

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