DELF A2 speaking test

Presentation and proceedings of DELF A2 oral production

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DELF A2 speaking test lasts between 6 to 8 minutes and is in three parts: a guided conversation (approximately 1 minute 30), a followed monologue (approximately 2 minutes) and an interactive exercise (approximately 3 to 4 minutes). For part 2 and part 3, the candidate will draw two topics. Then, he will have 10 minutes to prepare these two parts.

To better understand DELF A2 speaking test, we advise you to study DELF A2 sample papers.

The whole DELF A2 oral production is on 25 points. It is a quarter of the total mark of DELF A2 which is on 100. Each other skill (listening, reading, writing) is also on 25 points. To get the diploma, you must have 50/100 minimum and get  a minimum of 5/25 at each skill. If you get under 5 at one skill, it is a eliminatory mark even if you get 50/100 minimum at all. For example, if you get a total mark of 56/100 but you have 4/25 at one skill, you are eliminated. and you do not get the diploma.

​​Video of an example of DELF A2 speaking test

The video below is an example of DELF A2 oral production:

​​1st part of DELF A2 speaking test: guided conversation

The guided conversation of DELF A2 oral production lasts about 1 minute 30. The aim of this part is to “introduce yourself, talk about yourself”. Here, the candidate must introduce himself: talk about him, his family, his friends, his studies, what he likes and/or does not like. Then, the examiner will ask him some additional questions.

This part is scored on 4 points out of the 25 points assigned to DELF A2 speaking test. For this part, there are two assessment criteria:

1) Peut établir un contact social, se présenter et décrire son environnement familier. (Can establish social contact, introduce himself and describe his familiar environment.) = 3 points.
2) Peut répondre et réagir à des questions simples. Peut gérer une interaction simple. (Can answer and respond to simple questions. Can manage a simple interaction.) = 1 point.

​​2nd part of DELF A2 speaking test: followed monologue

The followed monologue of DELF A2 oral production lasts about 2 minutes. The aim of this part is to “talk about yourself continuously”. Here, the candidate must express himself on the subject he has chosen and prepared. Then, the examiner may ask two or three additional questions, but this is not mandatory. If the candidate does a fairly complete and lengthy monologue, the examiner will not ask any questions. However, if the followed monologue is too short, the examiner will ask a few questions to complete this part.

This part is rated on 5 points out of the 25 points assigned to the DELF A2 oral production. For this part, there are two assessment criteria:

1) Peut présenter de manière simple un événement, une activité, un projet, un lieu, etc. liés à un contexte familier. (Can simply present an event, activity, project,  location, etc. related to a familiar context.) = 3 points.
2) Peut relier entre elles les informations apportées de manière simple et claire. (Can link information provided in a simple a clear manner.) = 2 points.

3rd part of DELF A2 speaking test: interactive exercise

The interactive exercise of DELF A2 oral production lasts approximately 3 to 4 minutes. The aim of this part is to “solve a situation of daily life”. Here, the candidate must dialogue with the examiner in order to resolve a situation of daily life. He must also show that he is capable of greeting and using the basic rules of politeness.

This part is rated on 6 points out of the 25 points assigned to the DELF A2 oral production. For this part, there are two assessment criteria:

1) Peut demander et donner des informations dans des transactions simples de la vie quotidienne. Peut faire accepter ou refuser des propositions. (Can request and give information in simple transactions of daily life. Can have proposals accepted or refused.) = 4 points.
2) Peut entrer dans des relations sociales simplement mais efficacement, en utilisant les expressions courantes et en suivant les usages de base. (Can enter into social relationships simply but effectively, using common expressions and following basic usages.) = 2 points.

Assessment of vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation of DELF A2 speaking test

As we saw above, the three parts of the DELF A2 oral production are on 15 points on the 25 points of the DELF A2 speaking test. To be simple, the assessment criteria of those three parts correspond with practical, pragmatic skills. The 10 points left are assessed on the language control: lexicon (vocabulary), morphosyntax (grammar), phonological system (pronunciation) and for the whole two parts. The assessment criteria are:

1) Lexicon (vocabulary range and accuracy): peut utiliser un répertoire limité mais adéquat pour gérer des situations courantes de la vie quotidienne. (Can use a limited but adequate lexical repertoire to manage common situations in daily life) = 3 points.
2) Morphosyntax: peut utiliser des structures et des formes grammaticales simples. Le sens général reste clair malgré la présence systématique d’erreurs élémentaires. (Can use simple structures and grammatical forms. The general sense remains clear despite the systematic presence of elementary errors) = 4 points.
3) Control of the phonological system: peut s’exprimer de façon suffisamment claire. L’interlocuteur devra parfois faire répéter. (Can express himself in a sufficiently clear manner. The interlocutor will sometimes have to make him repeat.) = 3 points.

Further information on DELF A2 speaking test

You may consult and download the instructions, the assessment grid and past exam papers of the DELF A2 oral production on this page: ​​DELF A2 sample papers.

We recommend to you to work on the last version of the DELF A2 speaking test assessment grid. We advise you to well study this assessment grid because it is on it that you will be assess and mark. So, if you well control the assessment criteria and you fit them well, you will get the maximum of points.