The DELF A2 will test you on the four French skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Here's what you can expect during the test as well as tips on what to do to prepare.
Reading comprehension / Compréhension des écrits
30 minutes / 25 points
You'll be given three or four short texts dealing with various situations from everyday life, along with a questionnaire.
Reading test tips
Read the articles carefully before looking over the questions. Make sure you understand them and then read the articles again. If there are any words you don't know, use the rest of the article as context to figure what they probably mean.
The best way to prepare for the reading portion is, unsurprisingly, to read regularly. Here at Progress with Lawless French, we publish French articles and transcripts on a variety of topics in our Bilingual Reader, where you can read the French and click any phrase to see the English translation as well as related grammar lessons:
A2: Lower intermediate French reading exercises
Try French readers or children's books, or visit French websites that use language you can mostly understand, such as sites for children (e.g., 1 jour 1 actu), shopping, travel, or entertainment. Regular reading will help you learn new grammar and vocabulary, which will help you with the other language skills as well.
Also try some online exercises from one of Kwiziq's Education Partners: A2 reading comprehension.
Writing skills / Production écrite
45 minutes / 25 points
- Describe an event or personal experience
- Write a letter with a specific purpose (invitation, apology, thank you, etc)
Writing test tips
Be sure you understand your task, and don't forget to proofread what you write. Pay particular attention to spelling and accents.
Progress with Lawless French publishes self-corrected writing challenges for Premium subscribers every Friday:
A2: Lower intermediate French writing challenges
Try writing a paragraph or two about a personal experience (party, vacation, etc.). Post it on an online forum such as Lang-8 and request corrections from native French speakers.
Listening comprehension / Compréhension de l'oral
25 minutes / 25 points
You'll listen, twice, to three or four short recordings (3-5 minutes each) dealing with everyday situations, then answer questions in order to demonstrate how well you understand.
Listening test tips
On the first listen, try to get an overall sense of the topic. On the second, pay particular attention to the details. Don't let unfamiliar words or structures distract you from listening to the recording. It's more important to answer the questions accurately than it is to write in perfect French: you're being graded here on comprehension, not production.
You can and should practice for at least a few minutes every day: listen to the radio, watch TV and movies, talk to people. Even if you don't understand every word, listening will help your brain get used to these unfamiliar sounds.
The Progress with Lawless French reading exercises mentioned above also include videos or audio files so that you can work on your listening comprehension too:
A2: Lower intermediate French listening exercises
Be sure to try one of our amazing dictées which let you practice listening comprehension and writing skills at the same time. Here's a free sample of this Premium feature: Au cirque
Speaking skills / Production orale
20 minutes / 25 points
This test includes three parts:
- Directed interview
- Information exchange
- Simulated dialogue
Speaking test tips
For the first two parts, listen carefully to what the examiner says and answer only that. You'll have 10 minutes to prepare for the third part: use this time to study the images you're given and figure out what you can say about them or how you can use them as props in the dialogue (e.g., "pay" with a picture of money).
Seek out native speakers. Talking to a variety of people will help you get more comfortable with different speaking styles, speeds, and accents - which helps your listening comprehension as well.
- Practice speaking French, whether or not you're in France
- Online speaking practice
- Solo speaking practice
Beyond the four skills
To improve your French grammar, sign up for a free account to get your personalized study program based on French tests.