DELF A1 highlights the first knowledges in French language. DELF A1 recognizes basic knowledge. It is the most basic level at which a language is used, called the “discovery” stage. At this stage,

  • the learner can interact in a simple way:
  • he/she can speak about him/herself and his/her immediate environment.
  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
  • This examination benefits from a very positive evaluation which is not made to sanction but to highlight the French learning.  Call us to know more about French Classes in BTM Layout, Bangalore

Description of DELF A1 examination

Type of tests: DELF A1


Mark out of

Comprehension questionnaires dealing with three or four very short recordings about everyday life (played twice).

Maximum duration of recordings: 3 mins

20 minutes

/ 25

Comprehension questionnaires dealing with four or five written documents about everyday life.

30 minutes


Two parts test:
– filling in a record, a form
– writing simple phrases (postcards, messages, stories etc) on everyday topics.

30 minutes / 25

Three parts test:
– guided conversation
– exchanging information
– role-play.

5 to 7 minutes
10 minutes


Total length of group tests: 1 hour 20 minutes
* Total mark out of 100
* Overall pass mark of the DELF A1: 50 / 100
* Minimum mark required per test: 5 / 25

DELF A1 examination is based on level A1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Refer to level A1 of CEFR provided on our website.

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Self-assessment grid of level A1 of the CEFR

The CEFR describe level A1’s user capable of carrying out the following linguistic skills:



I can recognise familiar words and very basic phrases concerning myself, my family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly.



I can understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.


Spoken interaction

I can interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech an help me formulate what I’m trying to say. I can ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.


Spoken production

I can use simple phrases and sentences to describe where I live and people I know.



I can write a short, simple postcard, for example sending holiday greetings. I can fill in forms with personal details, for example entering my name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form.

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    Qualitative aspects of spoken language use of level A1 of the CEFR



Has a very basic repertoire of words and simple phrases related to personal details and particular concrete situations.


Shows only limited control of a few simple grammatical structures and sentence patterns in a memorised repertoire.


Can manage very short, isolated, mainly pre-packaged utterances, with much pausing to search for expressions, to articulate less familiar words, and to repair communication.


Can ask and answer questions about personal details. Can interact in a simple way but communication is totally dependent on repetition, rephrasing and repair.


Can link words or groups of words with very basic linear connectors like ‘and’ or ‘then’.

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