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The DELF B1 Exam

What to expect

DELF B1 tests whether you're competent enough to communicate independently. You'll be asked to show you can maintain interaction: that you can understand a conversation, have a discussion and give your opinion. You'll need to show you're capable of dealing with situations, likely to arise in daily life.

DELF B1 Test Sections

Duration

Mark out of

Listening
Comprehension questionnaires dealing with three recordings (played twice).
Maximum duration of recordings: 6 mins

Approximately
25 minutes

25

Reading
Comprehension questionnaires dealing with two written documents: 
    - extract useful information concerning a particular task 
    - analyse the contents of a document of general interest

45 mins

25

Writing
Express personal opinions on a general topic (essay, letter, article etc).

45 mins

25

Speaking
Test in three parts: 
    - guided conversation 
    - interactive exercise 
    - expressing an opinion on a document designed to elicit a reaction

15 minutes prep then 10 mins

25

Exam duration (not counting the oral) : 1 hour 55 minutes

* Total mark out of 100
* Overall pass mark: 50/100
* Pass mark per test: 5/25

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Listen to sample recordings for DELF B1 listening section to get an idea of the difficulty of each level and the sort of situations presented.

You can download a sample paper for DELF B1 here, and be sure to read over our detailed DELF B1 tips.

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