The DELF A2 Exam: What to expect & How to practise with Progress with Lawless French

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What can you expect from the DELF A2 Exam?

DELF A2 tests whether you have achieved basic competency as a "social actor". This means you’ll be challenged to communicate through simple, routine tasks requiring the most common polite phrases and exchanges of information.

DELF A2 Test Sections


Mark out of

Three or four short recordings on everyday life (played twice) followed by comprehension questionnaires.
Maximum duration of recordings: 5 mins

25 minutes


Comprehension questionnaires dealing with three or four texts on everyday life.

30 mins


Two short pieces of writing (letter to a friend or message) 
    - describe an event or personal experiences 
    - invite, thank, say sorry, ask for something, give information, congratulate in writing…

45 mins


Three-part test: 
    - guided conversation 
    - exchanging information 
    - role-play

6 to 8 mins
prep then
10 mins


Exam duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

* Total mark out of 100
* Overall pass mark: 50/100
* Pass mark per test: 5/25

First step to get ready for your exam

We can help you practise for your DELF A2 French exam to perfection! Sign up for a free Progress with Lawless French account today to get your personalised Studyplan filled with in-depth lessons and tailored kwizzes based on your French level.

Progress with Lawless French works out what you already know and what you need to work on so that you don’t waste time going through the basics and you’re always learning new stuff and always progressing at your pace.

You can also listen to sample recordings for the DELF A2 listening section to get an idea of the difficulty of each level and the type of situations presented. Or download a sample paper for DELF A2 here.

If you want some practical tips and fun, engaging exercises hand-picked by us, take a look at our detailed A2 exam tips & exercises.

Practising French Level A2 with Progress with Lawless French

If you're registered to take the DELF A2 exam and you want to really smash it, you’ll need to perfect your French grammar first.

We’ll help you go into all the detail you need, as well as give you plenty of material to practise so when you get to the exam, you’ll feel full of confidence!

What does the CEFR French level A2 cover?

French Level A2 grammar

Just like Level A1, the DELF A2 exam is still considered a basic level. At the A2 level, you should be able to talk about simple tasks and understand phrases and expressions about your personal life - like your name, age, place of residence, occupation, etc.

So let's look at some of the topics that the French A2 level covers:


As you can see, there's a huge amount to cover in A2 French. You'd probably pass your DELF A2 exam knowing just a fraction of this, but since you can't know what you'll be tested on, we recommend you practise as much as possible!

Also, remember the exam is a means to an end: perfecting your A2 French is the real goal.

A2 French: Nouns and Articles

A2 French: Adjectives and Adverbs

A2 French: Prepositions

A2 French: Numbers, Dates and Times

A2 French: Verb Conjugation

A2 French: Forming Questions

A2 French: Negatives

A2 French: Pronouns

A2 French: Idioms

Smash your French DELF A2 exam

Now that you know what topics Progress with Lawless French can help you practise based on your level, you can start working through them one by one!

Remember you can improve your study sessions enormously if you include our quick and challenging kwizzes! By taking quizzes, our algorithm identifies your knowledge gaps and suggests to you the topics you need to work on the most.

Make sure you read our detailed guide for your A2 exam with practical tips and exercises for you to smash your French DELF A2 exam!

And if you’re ready for your French DELF B1 exam, read about the topics it covers or keep browsing through our list of 8 official French proficiency tests and diplomas to see which is the right one for you.

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