OCDSB Grade 12 French Proficiency Test

What is the DELF?

The Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF) is an internationally-recognized test of French proficiency for persons whose first language is not French. It is based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), which defines language proficiency along six global levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. At each level, proficiency is measured across four competencies: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The French Ministry of National Education awards successful candidates a diploma.

Who can take the DELF?

Twice a year (in the fall and spring), the OCDSB offers its eligible students the opportunity to participate in the DELF. Students are eligible during the semester in which they are enrolled in a Grade 12 FSL course.

With each test administration, student interest continues to grow. In 2018-2019, participation rose to over 1,500 students (87% of all eligible), with 94% successfully obtaining their DELF certificate. We are pleased to continue to offer this opportunity to OCDSB students who have not previously participated, during the semester in which they are enrolled in a Grade 12 FSL course within our District. For more information, please refer to the following brochure:

OCDSB Grade 12 French Proficiency: Information for Students Taking the DELF

What is required to obtain a DELF certificate?

To obtain a DELF certificate, a student must successfully pass both a written exam and an oral interview.

The written exam is scheduled internationally and is conducted at the student’s school, beginning at 12:00 Noon on each test date (see table under DELF Administration Schedule).

Oral interviews take place at one of two district testing sites within 3 weeks following the written exam. Participating students will be notified by email and provided with instructions on how to register for their oral interview. Interview slots are limited therefore students are encouraged to register early in order to secure their preferred testing time and location.

DELF Administration Schedule – Semester 1 (Fall 2019)

The DELF administration schedule for OCDSB students enrolled in a Grade 12 FSL course in Semester 1 of the 2019-2020 school year is as follows:

NOTE: New this DELF administration- Students will be able to use the Online Form to register for both the written & oral interview exam. At the end of the Online registration form students will be prompted to click on a hyperlink which will direct them to the Pick-a-Time scheduling page (username & password required). Once in Pick-a-Time, students will be able to schedule their oral interviews. The Online Form will be open starting Sept 23rd to Nov 4th 2019.  A confirmation email to participating students will be sent out Nov 6th confirming eligibility, written & oral interview exam dates.

DELF Test Level

Written Exam Date

Oral Interview Date

B2 Test Level(most difficult test level)

Monday, Nov 25, 2019

(Nov 26 – Dec 16, 2019)

Note: This year students will be able to register for the written & oral interview at the same time. Students are responsible for scheduling and arranging transportation to their oral interview. Sign-up information for the oral interview will be provided at the bottom of the online registration form which is available Sept 23, 2019. Failure to register for an oral interview may result in their withdrawal.

B1 Test Level

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019

A2 Test Level(least difficult test level)

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019

How do students sign-up to challenge the DELF?

To secure their participation, eligible Semester 1 students must register no later than November 4, 2019 using this Online Form.

Confirmation of participation will be sent by Nov 6, 2019 to the secure OCDSB email address provided at the time of registration. This email will confirm participation in both the written and oral interview at that time.

Note: due to tight timelines and system constraints, we cannot guarantee a place to late registrants, nor to students who fail to register for their oral interview, despite their eligibility.

Where can students get help selecting a test level?

The OCDSB offers its students a choice of 3 test levels: A2 (least difficult), B1, or B2 (most difficult). The choice of what level to challenge is made by the student with the help from their FSL teacher. Additional information on selecting the appropriate test level, as well as links to test samples provided by the Centre international d'études pédagogiques (CIEP), can be accessed on the official DELF-DALF Canada website:

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