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Diplôme d’études en langue française et Diplôme approfondi de langue française

Alliance Française Ottawa is the only accredited examination center for tests and diplomas certified by the French government and internationally recognized in the National Capital Region.


What are the DELF and DALF diplomas?

The DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française) and the DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) are official diplomas awarded by the French National Ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside of France in the French language. The DELF and DALF qualifications are under the authority of the CIEP (Centre International d’Études Pédagogiques).

The DELF and the DALF are composed of six independent diplomas corresponding to the six levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).

The DELF and DALF diplomas are independent, so candidates register directly for the examination of their choice. At each level, four skills are evaluated: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

DELF junior A1
DELF junior A2
DELF junior B1
DELF junior B2
C1 DALF C1 Proficient

For more details about the examinations, visit the CIEP website


Level Exam date Registration deadline*
DELF TOUT PUBLIC A1 Monday, June 3, 2019 May 18
DELF TOUT PUBLIC A2 Tuesday, June 4, 2019 May 18
DELF TOUT PUBLIC B1 Wednesday, June 5, 2019 May 18
DELF TOUT PUBLIC B2 Thursday, June 6, 2019 May 18
DELF JUNIOR A1  Thursday, June 13, 2019 May 25
DELF JUNIOR A2 Wednesday, June 12, 2019 May 25
DELF JUNIOR B1 Tuesday, June 11, 2019 May 25
DELF JUNIOR B2 Monday, June 10, 2019 May 25

*limited seats

Please note for the C1 and C2 level: AFO may not offer all tests for the DELF/DALF session in June 2019; the calendar will be finalized and validated shortly.

If no DELF/DALF test is offered at the level you are seeking, other tests will be offered in June as well (i.e. TCF or TEF).

Registration fees

$125.00 $195.00


  • A non-refundable $75 fee will be charged in the event of cancellation or rescheduling before the registration deadline.
  • No refund or change of test date will be accepted if received after the registration deadline.
  • In case a candidate is not allowed to enter the exam room (for example a candidate without passport), fees will not be refunded and a new application will be required after 60 days.
  • Payment must be made in full at the time of registration.
  • No refund or credit will be granted under any circumstances past the aforementioned deadlines, unless Alliance Française has to cancel a session of tests, in which case an alternative exam date will be offered, or a full refund will be granted.

How to enrol?

Make sure the DELF/DALF is the right test for your situation. It is the sole responsibility of the candidate to ensure that he/she is registered for the appropriate exam. Alliance Française Ottawa and its employees cannot be held responsible for the choices made by the candidate. Please refer to the Immigration Service to select the right test.

Come to our reception desk in person during our regular business hours. You can call us at 613 234 9470/221 or email us :

Required documents for registration:

  • Registration form (DELF junior) (DELF/DALF tout public), properly filled out, dated and signed
  • Valid piece of identification (i.e. passport, driver’s license, permanent resident card)

Certified cheque, money order, debit, Visa, Mastercard, cash or personal cheque accepted. Full amount required upon registration.

You cannot come to our reception desk in person?

  1. Print out the registration form (DELF junior) (DELF/DALF tout public)
  2. Complete and sign the form
  3. Scan the form with your piece of identification, and send them to before the registration deadline.

IMPORTANT: Verify the accuracy of the information on the registration form as they will appear on your certificate. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Special needs

If you have a disability or a condition that may require specific accommodations, please inform Alliance Française Ottawa before registration. All requests for accommodations must be accompanied by supporting documents (doctoŕ s note to specify the nature of the situation and which arrangements must be made to ensure you take the exam in the optimal conditions). For further questions, contact us at or by phone at 613-234-9470/221.

For further questions, contact us at or by phone at 613-234-9470/221.

Getting ready

An official notification including the tests schedule and a candidate guide will be sent by email to the candidate approximately 5 to 10 days before the test.

On the day of the exam, candidates must be available all day (8am-6pm).

Examination day

Candidates must check in with the supervisor of the official centre or the invigilator(s) with their notification of schedule and their valid passport. CANDIDATES WITHOUT VALID IDENTIFICATION WILL BE REFUSED TO ACCESS THE EXAMINATION; NO EXCEPTION WILL BE MADE.

After the identity check, the head of the official centre or the invigilator(s) will direct the candidates to their assigned seats in the examination room.

Exams are paper-based. Candidates must leave their piece of ID visibly on the table for the entirety of the test so that identity checks can be performed throughout the test.

During the entire examination, no exits will be permitted, unless in case of emergency or health issue previously informed by the candidate and justified with a medical certificate.

During the entirety of the exams, communication amongst candidates or the outside will not be permitted.

Candidates arriving late will not be allowed in the examination room once the examination has started.

In the event of fraud or misconduct by a candidate (disturbing the examination procedure, communication or attempt to communicate with other candidates or the outside…), candidates expose themselves to immediate removal from the examination room as well as a ban from taking the test for a period that will be determined by the CIEP.

After the test

  • An official certificate of results will be available from 4 to 8 weeks after the test.
  • Alliance Française will contact the candidates as soon as the certificates of results are ready to be picked up in person during our office hours.
  • Please note that the official certificate of results is the only document that can be used for immigration purposes for Canada.
  • No duplicate of the certificate of results will be delivered.