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.

DELF at the OCDSB

Prior to COVID, the OCDSB offered DELF administrations twice a year (in the fall and spring), to eligible students. Students were eligible during the semester in which they were enrolled in a Grade 12 FSL course, and were offered the choice of three test levels: A2 (easiest), B1, and B2 (hardest). 

With each test administration, student interest has continued to grow. In 2018-2019, participation rose to over 1,500 students (87% of all eligible), with 96% successfully obtaining their DELF certificate. Overall student performance has remained consistent with each administration:

DELF:

2016–2017

2017–2018

2018-2019

Fall 2019*

Participation (% of eligible)

83%

(1,455 of 1,749 students)

87%

(1,550 of 1,789 students)

88%

(1,591 of 1,810 students)

85%

(859 of 1,012 students)

Success Rate (of  participating)

93%

(1,354 of 1,455 participating)

94%

(1,451 of 1,550 participating)

96%

(1,532 of 1,591 participating)

97%

(830 of 859 participating)

*In light of COVID-19, administration of the DELF has been paused since the Spring 2020 DELF

Who can take the DELF?

In working with Ottawa Public Health, the French Embassy, and France Education International, the OCDSB is excited to be offering the DELF this fall to eligible students in a modified format, and with additional COVID protocols in place. All students learning in-person and OCV enrolled in a Grade 12 FSL course this semester will be invited to participate in a modified November DELF administration. It is our goal to offer a second administration in the Spring for semester two learners.
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. 

Written exams are scheduled internationally and must occur at the specific dates and times approved by France Education International. This fall, written exams will take place in late November and in alignment with students' Gr.12 French class (see schedules under DELF Administration Schedule).

Oral interviews take place within 3 weeks following the written exam. This year, all interviews will take place at Confederation Education Centre between November 22 and December 17, 2021. Transportation to and from this location is the responsibility of the student. Additional COVID protocols will be in place, in alignment with recommendations provided by Ottawa Public Health. Participating students will schedule their interview date and time in advance using our Pick-A-Time online scheduling system (details will be provided to participating students via GEM by November 10th).

DELF Administration Schedule – Fall 2021 (Modified Exam Schedule)

This fall, DELF exam schedules are aligned with students’ Grade 12 French class (see schedules below). For eligible students at OCV or non-semestered secondary schools, we are working with school administration to coordinate written exams; further details will be communicated to students as they become available.

For semestered in-person schools and Ottawa-Carleton Virtual Secondary School:

DELF Written Exams (written in-class during Gr.12 French course)

DELF Oral Interviews

DELF Test Level 

Grade 12 FSL Course Period:

Oral interviews will take place at Confederation Education Centre between November 22 and December 17, 2021. Transportation to and from this location is the responsibility of the student. Participating students will schedule their interview date and time in advance using our Pick-A-Time online scheduling system (details will be provided to participating students via GEM by November 10th). Additional details regarding COVID protocols/procedures in place will also be provided at that time.

Week 1

A

Week 1

B

Week 2

C

Week 2

D

Test level B2

Monday November 29 (AM)

Monday November 29 (PM)

Monday November 22 (AM)

Monday November 22 (PM)

Test level B1

Tuesday November 30 (AM)

Tuesday November 30 (PM)

Tuesday November 23 (AM)

Tuesday November 23 (PM)

Test level A2

Wednesday December 1 (AM)

Wednesday December 1 (PM)

Wednesday November 24 (AM)

Wednesday November 24 (PM)

**Note: Rescheduling will not be possible for students who are unavailable to attend their in-person Gr.12 FSL class on the DELF written date.
For non-semestered in-person schools:

DELF Written Exams

DELF Oral Interviews

DELF Test Level 

Grade 12 FSL Course Period:

Oral interviews will take place at Confederation Education Centre between November 22 and December 17, 2021. Transportation to and from this location is the responsibility of the student. Participating students will schedule their interview date and time in advance using our Pick-A-Time online scheduling system (details will be provided to participating students via GEM by November 10th). Additional details regarding COVID protocols/procedures in place will also be provided at that time.

2A

2B

1C

1D

Test level B2

Monday November 29 (AM)

Monday November 29 (PM)

Monday November 22 (AM)

Monday November 22 (PM)

Test level B1

Tuesday November 30 (AM)

Tuesday November 30 (PM)

Tuesday November 23 (AM)

Tuesday November 23 (PM)

Test level A2

Wednesday December 1 (AM)

Wednesday December 1 (PM)

Wednesday November 24 (AM)

Wednesday November 24 (PM)

**Note: Rescheduling will not be possible for students who are unavailable to attend their in-person Gr.12 FSL class on the DELF written date.

How do students sign-up to challenge the DELF?

To secure their participation in the Fall 2021 DELF administration, eligible students will be contacted by email through their GEM account (@ocdsb.ca) and must express their interest in participating via an Online Form (link will be provided) as well as register for their oral interview (instructions provided upon form completion) by the deadlines provided. An outline of dates to remember are provided below for reference.

Important Dates (Fall 2021):

  • October 22nd – Eligible students (i.e., currently enrolled in Gr.12 French) to receive an invitation via email (GEM) to register for the Fall 2021 DELF administration
  • November 4thDeadline for eligible students to register for the Fall 2021 DELF administration
  • November 10th – Participating students will receive an email (GEM) confirming their written exam date and time, and instructions on how to sign-up for their oral interview online via Pick-A-Time scheduling
  • November 15thDeadline for students to complete their oral interview registration
  • November 22 through December 17 – Fall DELF Administration. Written exams will take place in late November according to the modified schedule provided; oral interviews will follow. 

For questions related to DELF registration, please speak with your Grade 12 French teacher, your school’s DELF Site Coordinator, or contact delftesting@ocdsb.ca.

Where can students get help selecting a test level?

The OCDSB offers students a choice of 3 test levels: A2 (easiest), B1, or B2 (hardest). 

  • Students are encouraged to seek input from their FSL teacher, but are ultimately responsible for choosing their own DELF test level
  • *NEW* DELF charts outlining the language expectations at each of the three DELF Levels offered are now available:   A2   |   B1   |   B2
  • France Éducation international provides several resources to help students select the most appropriate test level and prepare for their test. These include individual test criteria, detailed descriptions of test components, access to sample tests, and preparation resources (see links under "Présentation des 4 examens" on their website for more details).
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