Seize all your chances
Training and preparing yourself for the exams sorely increases you success chance. Check out in this dedicated section all of our advices. This section particularly deals with DELF / DALF examinations.
AT ALLIANCE FRANCAISE IN TAIWAN
- Media library & ressources center : we have the newest materials available for DELF, DALF, TCF. Do not hesitate to come by and train for the exams. Access is free.
- Training workshops : we regularly organize training sessions for the exams of DELF. Please check the “Study French” section for further information.
- Do not come without a valid ID ! Please be sure to bring along whether your ID card, whether your passport (original document only). Please be aware that any type of other identification document (such as your driving license, insurance card…) will not be accepted and you will be refused access to the examination room..
- Examination format : each level of DELF/DALF examination unfolds according to a specific format : quantity / type / duration of tests, duration of recordings and playing times, required tasks… In order to prepare yourself for the exams, you should first know what to prepare yourself for. You can refer to related sections of each level for further information.
- What to bring : bringing a bottle of water will help keeping you refreshed, especially for long time demanding examinations. A ball pen (black/blue) + correction pen (consider bringing an extra ball pen in case) will be enough for filling your examination paper. In order to optimize your time management, keep in mind to bring a watch (which you will adjust to the examination room time). Mobile phone should be turned off, kept in your bag in the room corner during all the examination.
- Be in your best condition ! If you are not fit for the examination day, revisions might not be much helpful. The day before the exams, it is essential to rest : relax, do sports, watch a film but do not revise. On the morning, have a full breakfast along with a cup of coffee. Revisions during last minutes prior to entering the examination room only help increasing your stress.
- Examinee’s memo : for writing and speaking examinations, memorize and use logical connectives and expressions that will help structuring and linking your ideas together and make your production more consistent. You will find hereafter a non-exhaustive list :
- logical connectives :
ADDITION et de plus en plus ALTERNATIVE Ou Soit… soit Soit… ou PURPOSE Pour Afin que Pour que CAUSE Car Parce que Puisque COMPARISON Comme Plus que Moins que CONCESSION Même si Bien que Malgré CONCLUSION/CONSEQUENCE Finalement En conclusion Par conséquent CONDITION/SUPPOSITION Si Probablement Sans doute ENUMERATION D’abord Ensuite Enfin ILLUSTRATION Par exemple Notamment Entre autre LINK En fait En effet Alors OPPOSITION Mais Cependant Pourtant TIME Quand Avant Après
- Expressions :
POINT OF VIEW je pense que il me semble que à mon avis… AGREEMENT je suis d’accord avec je pense aussi que… c’est vrai que… DISAGREEMENT je ne suis pas d’accord avec je ne pense pas que… je ne partage pas l’avis de… REGRET c’est dommage que je regrette que… je suis triste que… SATISFACTION je suis content que c’est bien que… ça me fait plaisir que… SURPRISE c’est étonnant que c’est surprenant que… je ne pensais pas que… PREFERENCE je préfère… j’aime plutôt… je m’intéresse plus à…
- logical connectives :
DURING THE EXAMINATIONS
- Golden rule : always read carefully full instructions for each exercise ! Many examinees forget to accomplish one of the tasks mentioned in the instruction. During writing tests, once you finished your draft, read one more time the instruction and check point by point that you answered to everything you are required to.
- The beginning of the exams : collective examinations always begin with listening tests. Be attentive from the beginning. You can refer to related sections of each level for further information regarding the unfolding of collective examinations.
- Calm and concentration : during the exams, do not panic if there are several items you don’t understand. Just focus on what you are precisely required to answer and try to deduce with the context. Examinees are not asked to understand every single word from a recording or a text but are required to accomplish specific tasks (instructions). It is therefore necessary to fully understand the instructions for each exercise and focus on what you are asked to do.
- Spotting : for both listening and reading tests, always keep in mind the keywords that will give you a lead and help you to spot the contents in one document. Generally, you can always find answers in order of listening / reading. For instance, the answer for question 3 is likely to be found before the answer for question 2 and question 4. Nevertheless some questions may deals with global understanding of a document (ex : the newscaster seems “critical”, “enthusiastic”, “indifferent”. DELF B1 level question). There are often the first and / or last questions of one exercise.
- Listening tests : you should begin by reading the questions and spot the information you need to find to answer. Do not waste time on questions that you don’t understand and focus on the other ones. When there are 2 recordings (according to the examination level), you will have time to come back to the questions that you find more difficult.
- Speaking tests : do not stay mute or paralyzed in front of the examiner. When you do not seize the question, do not hesitate to ask for repeating. In order to do so, consider learning some expressions that will help you to interact with the examiner in those situations. Most examinees are stressed during those examinations. In order to reduce anxiety, be sure to check all information concerning the examination format : type of exercises, duration, preparation time etc.
- Writing tests : write with a consistent and structured form. You should be able to clearly communicate your feelings, opinions, impressions (il me semble que / je crois que / c’est dommage que / j’espère que etc.). For argued exercise (B2 and higher), follow the conventional form with an introduction, development of your ideas illustrating your arguments and the conclusion. Do not also forget the formal or informal salutations according to the context.
- Reading : outline the keywords and important parts. Search for any hints that can help you with getting further information (headlines, sub-headings, footer…) and be sure to seize who is interacting with whom. Try to deduce with the context the words or expressions that you may not understand.
- Time management : listening and reading…manage wisely your time. Go back to the difficult questions later if you have some extra time. If you use a draft do not forget to take sufficient time to write back to the examination paper the draft.