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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, for non-Swiss residents living in Switzerland, acquiring a French certification has become a mandatory requirement. 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 or if you wish to evolve in the professional world. By certifying your language skills, you will significantly improve your chances of pursuing your studies or your career in Switzerland or a French-speaking country. 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, administered by the French Ministry of Education. They are highly recommended, and in some cases mandatory, for those wishing to live, study, work, or travel in Switzerland or in a French-speaking country.

The DELF certificate is divided into four levels, corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels A1, A2, B1, and B2. And the DALF consists of two levels, C1 and C2, which are suited for advanced users. 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 test. Its 30 questions will determine your understanding of French and establish the level of French at which you are. From there, you can follow courses corresponding to your level 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 and maximize your chances of success!

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