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DELF A2 - What to expect and how to prepare

Lower-intermediate French proficiency test

The DELF A2 will test you on the four French skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Here's what you can expect during the test as well as tips on what to do to prepare.

Reading comprehension / Compréhension des écrits

30 minutes / 25 points

You'll be given three or four short texts dealing with various situations from everyday life, along with a questionnaire.

Reading test tips

Read the articles carefully before looking over the questions. Make sure you understand them and then read the articles again. If there are any words you don't know, use the rest of the article as context to figure what they probably mean.

Reading practice

The best way to prepare for the reading portion is, unsurprisingly, to read regularly. Try French readers or children's books, or visit French websites that use language you can mostly understand, such as sites for children (e.g., 1 jour 1 actu), shopping, travel, or entertainment. Regular reading will help you learn new grammar and vocabulary, which will help you with the other language skills as well. Also try some online exercises from one of Kwiziq's Education Partners: A2 reading comprehension.

Writing skills / Production écrite

45 minutes / 25 points

Two parts:

  1. Describe an event or personal experience
  2. Write a letter with a specific purpose (invitation, apology, thank you, etc)

Writing test tips

Be sure you understand your task, and don't forget to proofread what you write. Pay particular attention to spelling and accents.

Writing practice

Try writing a paragraph or two about a personal experience (party, vacation, etc.). Post it on an online forum such as Lang-8 and request corrections from native French speakers.

Listening comprehension / Compréhension de l'oral

25 minutes / 25 points

You'll listen, twice, to three or four short recordings (3-5 minutes each) dealing with everyday situations, then answer questions in order to demonstrate how well you understand.

Listening test tips

On the first listen, try to get an overall sense of the topic. On the second, pay particular attention to the details. Don't let unfamiliar words or structures distract you from listening to the recording. It's more important to answer the questions accurately than it is to write in perfect French: you're being graded here on comprehension, not production.

Listening practice

You can and should practice for at least a few minutes every day: listen to the radio, watch TV and movies, talk to people. Even if you don't understand every word, listening will help your brain get used to these unfamiliar sounds. Also try some online exercises from Kwiziq's Education Partners: A2 listening comprehension | Beginning to intermediate dictations

Speaking skills / Production orale

20 minutes / 25 points

This test includes three parts:

  1. Directed interview
  2. Information exchange
  3. Simulated dialogue

Speaking test tips

For the first two parts, listen carefully to what the examiner says and answer only that. You'll have 10 minutes to prepare for the third part: use this time to study the images you're given and figure out what you can say about them or how you can use them as props in the dialogue (e.g., "pay" with a picture of money).

Speaking practice

Seek out native speakers. Talking to a variety of people will help you get more comfortable with different speaking styles, speeds, and accents - which helps your listening comprehension as well.

Beyond the four skills

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