Official French proficiency tests & French diplomas

Why register for a French diploma? 

Motivation! If you're serious about learning French, registering for an official French exam is one of the most effective ways to guarantee learning success.  If you learn with no goal in mind, you'll be aimless and lack focus. If you get into a boat with no destination and no rudder, who knows where you'll end up? Having a goal to work towards is an incredibly effective way to focus your study and make you more effective at learning French. 

It doesn't matter what exam you're taking, our smart learning technology is designed to help students preparing for any French exam.  Similarly, you'll get more out of our amazing software if you do register for an exam.

Assuming you think it's a good idea to take a French exam, there are various options to choose from.  There are several official French tests and diplomas which are recognised globally but which serve different purposes.  The advantages of these over school exams (like British GSCE, A Level or American SAT or ACT exams) is that they are recognised globally (more importantly, recognised in France and Canada) and they much better reflect the breadth and depth of language proficiency in practical day-to-day usage than do school exams.

In Europe, official tests are based on the CEFR, which defines six levels of proficiency: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 or C2. You can take our CEFR French grammar test to get a rough idea of your level based on your current knowledge of French grammar.

Which French diploma should I register for?

The two main options are TCF and DELF/DALF.

If you just need to demonstrate that your French is adequate for a job, for moving French-speaking country or for going to university, the Test de connaissance du français (TCF) is usually sufficient. This is a a single exam that awards a certficate with your graded CEFR level on it. You can't fail; the lowest mark is A1.1.

If you're studying French and want to structure your study and stage your journey to French fluency, then the DELF & DALF exams are a better option.  There's one for each CEFR level and they are pass/fail exams. The best approach is to find out your approximate level and take the DELF or DALF at that level, then move up, study and repeat.

See our links to these and other French exams below, and also take a look at our general tips: