The quality of the CIEP’s French as a foreign language qualifications has been recognised once again on an international scale!
After the B2 level, the A2 and B1 levels of the DELF have obtained the Q Mark label issued by ALTE, the Association of Language Testers in Europe. The CIEP, audited at the end of 2018, proved that it met all of ALTE’s 17 quality standards.
This recognition is the result of the work undertaken on the process of permanent quality improvement. The latest developments relate to the systematisation of psychometric analysis with the progressive generalisation of training tests, as well as the development of test specifications.
In order to ensure comparability of results for all locations and times that tests are organised, the CIEP teams aim for maximum standardisation with test design, subject distribution and the correction of candidates’ scripts, all focused on validity, fidelity, sensitivity and equity.
These developments are driven to increase assessment reliability and the candidates are the first to benefit. They also contribute to maintaining a very high level of trust that end users (universities, ministries, prefectures, etc.) place in the use of these assessment tools as verification that linguistic requirements are met.
At the CIEP, gaining the Q Mark is viewed more as a springboard that an end in itself. The teams continue to work to ensure that this label is awarded to all of the DELF and DALF levels.