First of all, let’s have a look at the usefulness and competence level of the DELF
B2 (diplôme d’études en langue française) .
The DELF B2 is a certification delivered by the French Ministry of Education and
is recognised as fulfilling French language entrance requirements by the French universities.
The DELF B2 is therefore designed to offer a high-level qualification in the language
to those wishing to use French for professional or study purposes.
The DELF B2 corresponds to the CEFR B2 describing the candidate as an independent
user (CEFR is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
According to the CEFR, the candidate can follow or give a talk on a familiar topic
or keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics. He can construct arguments
to defend his opinion, explain his point of view and negotiate.He can scan texts
for relevant information and understand detailed instructions or advice. He can make
notes while someone is talking or write a letter including non-standard requests.
The DELF B2 requires a good level of language competence which is tested within a
rigorous framework.. Moreover, it requires a fairly good knowledge of cultural and
social French matters. In addition, you are expected to understand the way French
people submit an exam, which can be very different from what you are used to in your
If you have already passed the DELF B1, you may have a fairly good knowledge of the
exam strategies, but there is a substantial difference between B1 and B2. As a matter
of fact, the candidate has a degree of fluency and spontaneity in interactions and
is capable of correcting his own mistakes. Nonetheless, we still find the four language
proficiencies of reading, writing, listening and speaking, each worth 25 marks of
the 100 total marks. You need to score 50 marks to achieve a pass grade and a minimum
of 5 out of 25 in each paper. Examples of DELF B2 examination papers.
Having provided this overview of the DELF B2 and its place within the CEFR, I will
now get to the heart of the matter and elaborate on each paper in turn, including
content and advice.