Authorisation for DILF examiners/scorers

In order to meet the requirements set by international standards for the development and management of language qualifications, the Commission Nationale du DILF has made the CIEP responsible for the training of DILF examiners and scorers, with a view to making them authorised examiners/scorers.
This training will certainly have a direct impact on this examination, its stability and the results obtained, but will also be useful as part of teachers' overall training programmes.

If you want to become a DILF examiner/scorer, you must:

  • have teacher training in teaching French as a foreign language, and more particularly in teaching adult beginners learning French as a foreign language;
  • obtain authorisation from the head of the DILF test centre (place of work);
  • have either a qualification in French as a foreign language (French as a foreign language specialisation during your first degree, or year 1 or 2 of your master's degree), or work experience in teaching French as a foreign language to adult beginners.

Procedure for becoming an authorised examiner/scorer

The Commission Nationale du DILF is the only body that is permitted to make a person an authorised DILF examiner or scorer.

It issues certificates valid for 3 years, which can be renewed at the request of the chair of the DILF national board of examiners.

Before the certificate can be issued, the potential examiner or scorer must:

  • take part in a 6-hour online training course
  • take part in a real-time assessment (case studies) at their place of work.

The decision of whether to make applicants approved examiners/scorers is made by the Commission Nationale du DILF, in cooperation with the head of the test centre. The decision is based on respect for and the ability to assess spoken and written production according to the tools developed by the Commission Nationale.

The fact of becoming an approved examiner/scorer is not an automatic entitlement to a job, and a test centre head can decide not to recruit a person authorised to work as an examiner/scorer.

The system is under the authority and the control of the chair of the national board of examiners.

The Commission Nationale du DILF reserves the right to make inspection visits to check that the assessments made by authorised examiners and scorers are of sufficiently high quality. If the assessments are found to be unsatisfactory, the centre should refer to the procedure for making assessments compliant described in the administrative guide.

What form does the online training take?

This training is divided into 6 modules:

  • Module 1 - Le Cadre européen commun de référence pour les langues (CCRL)
  • Module 2 - Level A.1.1 le niveau minimal de compétences
  • Module 3 - Overview of the Référentiel pour les Premiers Acquis en Français (level A.1.1)
  • Module 4 - Le diplôme initial de langue française (DILF)
  • Module 5 - Written production examinations
  • Module 6 - Spoken production/interaction examination
  • Summary - Overview of the procedure for the real-time assessment

Access to the online training site is private and by name (using a password). The training takes 6 hours to complete. This is only a rough guide to how long it will take. Participants are free to complete the training in the way that suits them best (all at once, in a number of sessions, etc.). They can go back to a module that they have completed and access the site as many times as they wish until the day of the final assessment.

The training website includes theory (notes, slides, etc.), practical activities to complete online (matching exercises, true or false, quiz, etc.), examples of spoken production (videos), and reference documents to download (Word format, PDF format, etc.). A good computer configuration is required to complete the training (high-speed Internet access; video software such as Windows Media Player, RealPlayer).

What form does the final assessment take?

The final assessment takes place in real time at the participant's place of work, on one of the dates set by the CIEP:

Monday 12 November 2007
Monday 10 December 2007

The real-time assessment lasts 1 hour.

During this practical exercise, the participants assess spoken production and written production under DILF examination conditions (limited time and a single viewing). The case studies are assessed by way of assessment charts on which participants must provide reasons for the marks they give (comments or examples [quotations]).

The centre head must ensure that the instructions for examinations are followed and that the assessment runs smoothly.

After the assessment, the centre head will send all of the assessment materials (assessment charts, examination papers, DVDs, etc.) to the CIEP DILF office in the stamped envelope provided by the CIEP.

The Commission Nationale du DILF will send the results of the authorisation assessment to participants within 2 weeks of receipt of the materials by the CIEP along with, if the application has been successful, a certificate of authorisation. These certificates are sent to each participant individually.

What assessment criteria do I have to meet in order to become an authorised examiner/scorer?

  • you must have taken all of the online training modules,
  • you must have followed the recommended procedure for the assessment,
  • you must have passed the final assessment at a satisfactory level,
  • you must have given an appropriate and relevant comment for each mark. Becoming a DILF examiner/scorer

Becoming a DILF examiner/scorer

What do you have to do to take part in the authorisation assessment?

  • Send your CV and the application form by email to  
  • The Commission Nationale du DILF will consider your application and inform you of its decision.
  • If your application is successful, you should send payment for the online training (EUR 95 incl. tax) to the DILF office, along with a form (attached to the email reply). You should also tell us the chosen date for the final assessment at your place of work.
  • Once we receive your payment (cheque or money order), you will receive a password for the training website, by email.