Three compulsory examinations, 76 questions (1 hour 25 minutes):

-Listening, 29 questions (25 minutes)

-Proficiency in language structures, 18 questions (15 minutes)

-Reading, 29 questions (45 minutes)

The three compulsory examinations (76 or 91 questions)

The computer version of the test comprises 91 questions. The 15 additional question of the computer version will not be counted when calculating the final score. They enable the CIEP to analyse the validity of questions. The time given to take this computerised examination is essentially the same as for the paper version (ten additional minutes).

Questions are multiple choice, comprising 76 questions in total. Only one out of the four answers offered for each question is correct. questions are presented in order of increasing difficulty, ranging from level A1 to level C2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Listening (29 questions, 25 minutes)

The questions enable evaluation of your ability to understand spoken French, in particular:

-current words and expressions in daily communication (dialogues, interviews, discussions, etc.)

-the essentials in messages and public announcements

-information on people, facts or events related to the news or on personal, professional or educational subjects

-reports on tangible or abstract topics

-all kinds of dialogue delivered in a standard flow

Proficiency in language structures: grammar and vocabulary (18 questions, 15 minutes)

-The questions assess your ability to identify and select the correct wording in syntactic and lexical structures

-The questions are always associated with communication situations and French or francophone contexts

Reading (29 questions, 45 minutes)

The questions test your abilities to understand:

-very simple familiar nouns, words and phrases used in communication situations

-information contained in common documents

-information on people, facts or events

-texts in common language that is relevant to daily life or work

-articles and reports in which the authors take a stand on concrete or abstract subjects

-long and complex factual or literary texts from academic articles 

-abstract texts or complex extracts from works, academic articles, literary works

The documents are representative of those you may read in France or in francophone countries.

Tips and tricks for taking this examination:

-Arrive 30 to 45 minutes before the test begins

-Don't forget your form of identity and a black pen

-Listen carefully to the invigilator's instructions

-Listen carefully to oral documents and questions as you will hear them just once

-Read the instructions carefully

-Read the questions carefully and use the time available to you to think about your answers

-Don't just write anything down

-If you hesitate too long, move on to the next question

-Write your answer on the answer sheet

-Never write on the booklet