Almost everything in this world has rules and regulations, the DELF Exam has its rules too.
Some people said, “Rules are made to be broken”. The popular quote might be useful for different scenario.
But I’m pretty sure you don’t want to break the rules in DELF Exam at all costs to avoid a lot of headaches as its consequences will punch you in the face.
I didn’t mean to scare you, but it is just my personal advice from the bottom of my heart to you.
For those who are not familiar with the exam, the French DELF Exam is the diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education. And it is recognized globally.
Besides, the diploma is suitable for beginner and intermediate level non-native French speakers. I have described it in a previous post.
There are so many doors of opportunity that wait to be opened for people who are proficient in French and score good results with flying colours in the French DELF Exam. Especially when you dream of working in France or applying for French universities.
Usually, the candidates register for the exam with Alliance Francaise, a recognized training body and non-profit organization that conducts DELF Exams. I noticed it is a popular choice made by my students. (99% of my students do so)
Initially, the Alliance was created in Paris in 1883. Today, organizations can be found all around the world across the continents. And they will place you in certain examination centre area following your localities.
You can find and check the different dates under the section “Delf Exam Dates” and check here the exam dates for France . Then you register as soon as possible to ensure the availability of places. Be careful, some dates might be changing due to Covid-19. So, you need to be alert.
Before registering for the DELF Exam, you need to go through the guidelines given by the exam organization.
The failure in following the rules (even a single one of the rules) will cause you to get eliminate from the exam. And sometimes you can get declared as non-admissible.
That’s why you have to read the rules carefully and understand them clearly before booking for the exam.
Below are some standard rules and regulations of the exam that you need to follow:
Registration Delf Exam Rules
- Before the deadline, your registration should be completed and received by the Exam Centres.
- If you register late, the registration may be accepted after the due date by some centres, but you have to pay extra fees.
- Read carefully and fill all sections of the registration form following the instructions as the incomplete registration would be not considered and accepted.
- For candidates with disabilities, please provide the medical report and detail your specific needs in the registration form. The exam centres will make some arrangement to support you to take the diploma exam.
Delf Examination Timetable
- Two weeks before the first day of the examination, you will receive an examination timetable.
- You will attend the exam for two days. The written exams section is combined and scheduled on the same day, while the other day is for the oral part.
- The request for a change in timetable only possible for oral test, or if you have a reasonable excuse and limitation beyond your control.
Once you have received the examination schedule, it’s good for you to keep it in the planner and set the reminder.
- Registration cancellations will only be accepted in written form. The fee will only be refunded before the registration final closing date.
- After this deadline, there is no refund for cancellations.
- If the candidate cannot attend due to uncontrollable situations such as accident or illness, certified evidence like a medical report must be provided up to five days after the first scheduled exam.
- For the late arrival after the examination has started, the candidate will be not be permitted to enter for examination, it is considered failed and the registration fee will not be returned.
- Before the examination begins, you need to be prepared with your current proof of identities such as an identity card or passport in written and oral exams as the requirement.
- The candidates who don’t bring valid proof of identity will not be allowed to sit for the exams. As usual, the exam fees are non-refundable.
- The Written Exams Examination papers must be written in a pen. If you write by using a pencil, it will not be marked and stated as invalid.
- During exams, the materials such as study notes, bilingual dictionaries or any sources of information related to the examination content cannot be used.
- Like any other exams, the communication between candidates or attempt to cheat is strictly prohibited. It will cause automatic disqualification.
- You will receive the results around four weeks after the exam.
- DELF Certificates can be personally collected within four months after the examination.
- Then, you can celebrate your success and achievement with your loved ones. (At the nearby French restaurant 😉)
All the Best for Your Endeavour
For the DELF Exam candidates, I wish all the best for you. May you pass the exam with flying colours on the first attempt.
Do you need my assistance to get prepared for the DELF Exam? I’m happy to help you. You can take a look at the courses here.
To get started, you can also can enrol on the French 5 Days Challenge: French for Beginners course for FREE!
And read the other French learning and DELF Exam tips here.
Cheers, Christophe Ternay