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telc Français A1

The general French examination

Demonstrate your beginner French skills in reading, listening, writing and speaking at level A1. This certificate shows that you can communicate simply in everyday situations.

Structure of the examination

The examination consists of a written and an oral part. 

In the A1 examination, test takers must complete tasks involving all skills. The first part consists of reading, listening and language elements, with task types such as multiple-choice questions or matching tasks. In the writing and speaking section, test takers are given a variety of prompts (e.g. pictures) and have to respond, expressing themselves either in writing or orally. The test taker interacts with a partner as well as with the examiner in the oral section. 

 SubtestNumber of parts Duration in minutes Additional information



Written examination 

Language Elements   110



no break 

Listening 2
approx. 15
Situational Responses2
Reading 330
Writing 215

Oral examination 



approx. 15

usually 4 test takers 

no preparation time 

This examination is available as a paper-based examination. It can NOT be taken as a partial examination. 

In the mock examination, you will find more important details about the examination, including a complete set of tests with solutions to prepare at home or in class. You will learn how the examination works and how the written and oral performances are assessed. 

What can learners at CEFR level A1 do?

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) defines six levels of competence: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2.  

  • Learners at A1 level are able to understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and very simple sentences aimed at satisfying specific needs.   

  • They can  introduce themselves and others and ask other people questions about themselves, as well as answer such questions themselves. 

  • They can communicate in a simple way if the examiners speak slowly and clearly and are willing to help. 

Why should you choose telc language examinations?

telc certificates are internationally recognised by schools, universities, employers and authorities as proof of language skills at all six levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).  As a full member of ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe), telc is committed to complying with international quality standards.  

Find out more about telc quality standards.