Detailed information on the examinations

The DILF examinations have been designed to reflect the principle of action used by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which defines users of a language as social actors who have tasks to perform (that are not only linguistic) in given circumstances, in a given environment and within a specific area of action, which may be personal, public, academic or professional.

Like the DELF and DALF examinations, the DILF is based on the knowledge, expertise, interpersonal skills and learning skills that are part of the ability to communicate by way of language at linguistic, sociolinguistic and pragmatic level. This ability can be used when performing varied language activities in comprehension, expression and interaction.

The DILF was therefore created to include the four language skills with, because of the level being assessed (A1.1), focus on listening comprehension and spoken expression.

Description of examinations:

Type of examination
Mark out of

Listening comprehension

  • understanding a public announcement
  • understanding a simple message
  • understanding simple instructions
  • understanding numerical information, understanding the time
25 minutes
35 points

Reading comprehension

  • understanding signs
  • understanding simple instructions
  • understanding basic information
  • understanding numerical information
  • recognising the type and function of simple texts
25 minutes
15 points

Spoken production

  • Interview with the panel
  • Expression activities:
    • asking for and giving a price
    • introducing people or describing places
    • expressing a need or making an appointment
    • indicating the nature of a health problem
10 minutes
35 points

Written production

  • copying down an address, a telephone number
  • writing down a number, a price, a date
  • filling in a form
  • leaving a simple message
15 minutes
15 points
  Overall mark
Total length of tests: 1 h 15
Total note on 100
Seuil de réussite pour l'obtention du diplôme : 50/100
Note minimale requise pour les épreuves orales : 35/70