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Why validate a level ?

You want to find work more easily with an internationally recognized degree? To advance your career? Or just check what is your actual level?

In this case, go for a formal review to recognize your knowledge can be an essential tool. There are in all areas, especially in languages. Here you will find not only information on these diplomas (DELF, DILF, TOEIC, KEY, ...) but also evaluations of free upgrades that allow you to practice before the exam itself.

What are the different levels ?

There are recognized standards at national or international level in almost all areas. We speak here of language certificates. They are divided into two categories: those in French as a Foreign Language, and those of foreign language (English, German, Spanish, ...).

These levels were developed at European level, with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(CEFR). This offshoot of the Council of Europe has set international standards for evaluating different levels of language proficiency. Include the following levels :

- Level A1 (level "introductory" or "discovery")

Skills : simple questions in a familiar environment

You can use and understand very simple phrases and expressions allowing you to get by with very concrete examples. You can talk and meet someone through simple questions about you: dwelling place, objects, activities ... You can simply contact a sympathetic speaker speaking slowly and clearly.

- Level A2 (level "intermediate" or "survival")

Skills : usual descriptions and simple conversations

You can use and understand isolated through issues you sentences: personal information, shopping, work, family ... You can communicate in simple and usual activities requiring only a simple set of information on familiar topics. You can describe your immediate environment, your education, and matters related to your immediate needs.

- Level B1 (level "threshold")

Skills : limited autonomy, life, opinions

You can understand the key points of dialogue in a standard language and in the context of familiar elements (family, work, leisure, ...). You can get by while traveling in an area where the language is spoken. You can produce simple connected text on your interests. You can tell something, describe a dream, a hope, present a project or idea.

- Level B2 (level "advanced" or "independent")

Skills : current understanding, conversations, opinions, arguments

You can understand the key points of a concrete or abstract dialogue in a complex text, including through technical discussions in your field. You can converse fluently and spontaneously without tension in the conversation. You can express yourself clearly and in detail on a variety of topics. You can discuss topical issues and present the advantages and disadvantages.

- Level C1 (level "autonomous")

Skills : current and spontaneous expression, correct language proficiency

You can understand a lot of long and complex texts, as well as implicit concepts. You can express yourself fluently without having to try too hard your words. You have flexibility in the use of language in your social or professional life. You can discuss in a clear and structured and control the organization of your speech, its cohesion and articulation.

- Level C2 (level "master")

Skills : understanding effortless and spontaneous

You can understand with ease virtually everything you read and hear. You can easily summarize various sources of speech. You can express yourself fluently and very finely, including shades of meaning in relation to complex issues.

What qualifications validating these levels ?

- French Foreign Language: DELF, DALF and DILF

The DELF and DALF diplomas are issued by the Ministry of Education, which certifies the skills of French non-Francophones. The DELF is composed of four independent diplomas corresponding to the four levels A1, A2, B1 and B2. DALF is at C1 and C2.

- Foreign languages: the KEY (9 languages)

The KEY, diploma recognized at European level, is currently available in nine languages: English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Arabic, Polish, Russian and Modern Greek. It became mandatory to enter in Education.

- English: TOEIC, TOEFL, Cambridge ESOL

The TOEIC is the best known of English certificates. It assesses the English proficiency of non-native speakers in writing and orally. These tests evaluate in particular the candidate's knowledge in the professional world.

- German: Goethe-Exam

This German exam is issued by the Goethe-Institut. It has six levels from A1 to C2.

- Chinese: HSK

The organization of this review is overseen by the Ministry of Education Chinese. As for European languages, the exam is offered six different levels.

- Spanish : DELE

This review is organized by the Cervantes Institute in collaboration with the University of Salamanca. There are six levels of review, from A1 to C2.

- Italian : CILS

As for the Spanish, this examination is offered at six different levels, from A1 to C2. It assesses and certifies the level achieved in Italian for those for whom it is not their first language.

How do I register for exams ?

Each exam is in approved centers for this purpose. They may be more or fewer depending on the language, and more or less frequent sessions. For example, there is at least one examination center for the DELF academy, and the sessions are quite common. For the most common languages, there is less of examination centers and less choice in session dates.

You will find below a list of various degrees with their examination centers and session dates. This list will be completed progressively.

List of examination centers for DELF

Session dates DELF

Conduct of the DELF and DALF : A1 - A2 - B1 - B2 - C1 - C2

Conduct tests of KEY : CLES 1 - CLES 2

List of examination centers and session dates TOEIC

How to evaluate my initial level

The easiest way is to try to respond to a type examination. To do this, try to estimate your average according to criteria mentioned above for levels A1 to C2. Then try to pass the corresponding test, and see if you successfully pass. You will then know whether to refer you to this event, a higher or a lower test.

NHK Training offers some examples of standard tests, you can go online for free (in progress):

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You can evaluate your level in French Foreign Language (FLE) or prepare for DELF in the following types exams:

What training to prepare my exam ?

NHK Training offers individualized training to prepare you to numerous examinations, either in language or in other materials. These courses can be held at your company in our offices or even while at home. It is usually during training individuals, but we also organize training in small groups.

These courses are aimed at both students and adults as part of their professional training.

Make a free online assessment of my level

You will find below the list of free online assessments we have. More will be added as and when.

- French Foreign Language

Screening DELF A1 level

Screening DELF A2 level

Screening DELF B1 level

Screening DELF B1 level

- Languages

Self-assessment DIALANG

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