Overview

The DILF is an official qualification awarded by the French Ministry of Education that recognises a basic level of proficiency in French (level A1.1 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). It assesses the communicative and linguistic content described in the Référentiel pour les Premiers Acquis en Français, or the framework of reference for basic knowledge of French.

The DILF assesses the 4 language skills:

  • listening
  • reading
  • speaking
  • writing

The DILF qualification is consistent with:

  • the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (www.coe.int)
  • the Référentiel pour les Premiers Acquis en Français (www.didierfle.com);
  • international standards for test development (www.alte.org)

The DILF qualification is under the authority of the Commission Nationale du DILF [national commission for DILF] whose headquarters are at the CIEP.

The DILF is one of a range of qualifications in French for non-French-speakers. It is an initial step towards the DELF and DALF.

CEFRL
DILF and DELF-DALF
User
A1.1
DILF
basic
A1
DELF A1
A2
DELF A2
B1
DELF B1
independent
B2
DELF B2
C1
DALF C1
proficient
C2
DALF C2

The DELF and DALF are official qualifications awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the competency in the French language of candidates who are not native French speakers. DELF and DALF are composed of 6 independent diplomas that correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.