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French exams preparation courses DELF DALF TCF Our language school prepares you to take the TCF, DELF, DALF and TCF-DAP exams; those diplomas certify your fluency in French with universities and employers.

Exercises to prepare DELF exam

  • The DELF and DALF
Why should you pass the DELF or DALF?
The only qualifications recognized by the French Ministry of Education, the DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française (French language studies diploma)) and the DALF (Diplôme approfondi de langue française (Advanced French language studies diploma)). Valid for life and throughout the world, they vouch for your level of written French within the context of your work or studies. Each diploma assesses your level in the four following skills: oral skills and comprehension, written skills and comprehension.

DELF and DALF levels
These are directly linked to the 6 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL)
CoursesDELF A1 and A2 (elementary user) develop the first notions of French. They correspond to the survival level for communication in simple situations in daily life.
CoursesThe DELF B1 and B2 (independent user) validates sufficient oral and written skills in French to communicate effectively on varied subjects.
CoursesThe DALF C1 and C2 (experienced user) vouch for easy and spontaneous communication, as well as a high level of proficiency in the French language, particularly on specific subjects chosen by the candidate himself. This is the level required to enter a French University, and it eliminates the need to do any other language test.

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Choosing your qualification
Depending on your level on arrival, your progression, as well as the length of your course, your teacher will help you choose the right qualification. For your information, you will find the number of hours necessary to prepare each qualification below:
DELF A1: 60 hours from beginners’ level
DELF A2: 100 hours from DELF A1
DELF B1: 150 hours from DELF A2
DELF B2: 180 hours from DELF B1
DALF C1: 200 hours from DELF B2
DALF C2: 200 hours from DALF C1

Preparing the DELF and DALF at CIEL Bretagne

Organization: 3,6,10 hours per week (individual lessons)
Public: any person wishing to validate their level of French within the framework of their studies, work or for any other reason.
Levels: A1,A2, B1,B2, C1,C2
Programme: Preparation for typical tests, listening and reading strategies, vocabulary building, grammar refresher course, reinforcement of knowledge concerning daily civilization and white papers.

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- The cost of the DELF/DALF exams are not included in the price of the courses, since they must be paid directly to the exam centre (Université de Bretagne Occidentale). - Any candidate can choose to sit for any one of the 6 levels of the DELF or DALF: DELF A1 / DELF A2 / DELF B1 / DELF B2 /DALF C1 / DALF C2

The same candidate can sit for several of the qualifications during a same session.


The TCF is an exam set by the French Ministry of Education. It is a test on your general language abilities in French aimed at any non-French-speaking person who wishes, for professional or private reasons, to validate their knowledge of French in a simple and reliable fashion.
If you would like to register at an Ecole supérieur d’art (art school) in France, you must pass the TCF exam and obtain level 4 (equivalent of the DELF B2).

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If you would like to register for a Licence 1 (Bachelor's Degree) or Licence 2 at a university in France, or a School of Architecture, you must present the specific Demande d’Admission Préalable (preliminary admission request) TCF, called the TCF-DAP.
If you would like to register for a Licence 3, Master 1, Master 2, or Doctorate in a higher education establishment or Grande Ecole, you must present the TCF or the TCF-DAP.
Careful: if you already have the DELF B2 or DALF qualification, you do not need to pass the TCF or the TCF-DAP.

Download the description of the TCF-DAP exams

Preparing the TCF and the TCF-DAP at CIEL Bretagne
Public: students or future students wishing to register at a university or Ecole Supérieure in France.
Organization: : 3, 6, 10 hours per week (individual lessons)
Levels: All
Programme: Preparation for typical tests, listening and reading strategies, vocabulary building, grammar refresher course, reinforcement of knowledge concerning daily civilization and white papers.
Course organization: preparatory courses for the TCF or TCF-DAP can be organized all year round for work groups (contact us).

CIEL Bretagne also prepares you for the Leaving Certificate, A-Level and French test for the International Baccalaureate. For more information, contact us




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