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French tests and certifications

Obtaining an French certification offers real advantages both in academic or professional settings. In addition, since 2019, French certifications are a necessity for non-Swiss residents in Switzerland. It is an asset to pass a recognised exam attesting to your knowledge of the language. All that remains is to find the French test that best suits your situation and to know how it works in order to maximize your chances of success.

Certify your level of French

French language certifications are becoming more and more popular. These open many doors, both to enter a university abroad and to promote career development. By certifying your skills in this field, you will then 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 on a CV. Among them, the various DELF/DALF


Since 2019, all non-Swiss residents are required to possess an accredited proof of their level of French. 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 Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM). Learn more about the FIDE Language Assessment.


The DELF and DALF are two official certificates issued by the French International Centre for Educational Studies. Each of these diplomas are highly recommended (in some cases obligatory) if you wish to study, work, or travel to Switzerland or France. Learn more about DELF/DALF certificates.

Test your French level online

To find out if you can pass one of these exams, take 5 minutes to take the Swiss French School online French test. These 30 questions will determine your understanding of French and the level of learning you are at. From then on, you will be able to follow courses corresponding to your level to improve. To pass one of these recognized exams, there is no substitute for a suitable training programme. By contacting a Swiss French School centre in Switzerland, you can easily find the preparation course of your choice, focusing on oral expression and exercises identical to those offered in an exam situation.

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