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French tests and certifications

Obtaining a French certificate strengthens your resume for future job opportunities as well as for school applications. On top of that, since 2019, French certifications are mandatory for non-Swiss residents that live Switzerland. But when it comes to choosing a certification, you might feel confused as you might not know which one is the best for you. Here is a small introduction for each type of test and their characteristics.

Why should I certify my level of French?

Now a days, French language certifications are becoming more and more important. Obtaining a language certificate can open many doors, specially if you are planning on applying to a university abroad of if you wish to evolve in the professional world. By certifying your language skills, you will have a much better chance of continuing your studies in an French-speaking country or working abroad. For people wishing to enter the finance or business sector, French certificates are a major asset to have on a CV. Among them, the DELF/DALF.


The DELF (Diplôme d'Études en Langue Française) and the DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) are two diplomas, issued by the French International Center for Educational Studies, which are highly recommended (in some cases mandatory) if you wish to study, work, or travel in a French speaking country.

The DELF has four levels: A1, A2, B1 & B2, according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and the DALF is open to students at level C1 and C1+. If your goal is to apply to a prestigious university or to work in a public or private organization, you should aim for the DELF B2 level.

Learn more about DELF/DALF certificates.


As we have previously mentioned, since 2019, all non-Swiss residents are required to possess an accredited proof of their French level. Anyone that wishes to apply for the Swiss nationality or that wishes to renew their resident permit can take the FIDE test to obtain a Language Passport. The FIDE test is a certified and recognized proof of language issued by the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).

Learn more about FIDE.

Test your French level online

To find out if you are ready to pass one of these certifications, take 5 minutes to take the Swiss French School online French test. By answering 30 multiple choice questions you will be able to determine your level and have an idea of the courses that you will need to follow in order to improve.

To pass one of these recognized certifications, you will definitely need a suitable program for you that is adapted to your level and to your needs. To be able to find the best type of course for you, focusing mostly on oral expression and exercises identical to those offered in an exam situation, contact the closest Swiss French School center in Switzerland and maximize your chances of success!

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