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 own country.


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.









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