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February 14, 2012 8:26 AM Subscribe
DILF? DELF? DALF? Which French foreign language exam is right for me - and how should I prepare for it?
posted by jph to Education (5 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I decided to learn French a while back, and have been working diligently on this goal since then. I still sound like a toddler, but my vocabulary and grasp of grammar are improving steadily.
I don't do well with open-ended goals with no specific destination. "Fluency" is so nebulous that I'd really like to reward my hard work with a diploma. Furthermore, if I ever wanted to actually USE French (go back to school or work in a francophone country) I'd really like to just be able to show my credentials and have that not be a sticking point. I'd like to consider this project "complete" by January 1, 2014, though I'm willing to revise that timeline.
From what I gather, the DILF/DELF/DALF are a progressive set of diplomas, each demonstrating a specific level of proficiency. Should I just start at the bottom and work my way up to the top? Or should I decide which level I'd like to achieve and just study for that exam? Something else entirely? What can I use as a diagnostic to determine how far I am from my goal and what things I should work on?
tl;dr I want to take a French language proficiency exam. Which exam should I take and how should I prepare for it?