DELF Pro B1 constitutes the third level of DELF Pro. The DELF Pro B1 recognizes the French language proficiency of an independent user in a professional Francophone context.

DELF Pro B1 aims to evaluate if you can:

  • get involved in professional tasks;

  • fulfill different professional missions with the help of working documents and in relation to work teams.

About the DELF Pro B1 exam

The DELF Pro B1 exam is based on the B1 level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Level B1 reflects the threshold level specification for a visitor from a foreign country and is perhaps more categorized by two characteristics.

  • The first characteristic is the ability to maintain interaction and convey what you want, in a variety of contexts, for example: generally follow the main points of an extensive discussion around you, as long as the speech is clearly articulated in a standard dialect;

    • give or seek personal points of view and opinions in an informal discussion with friends; express the main point you want to make comprehensively;

    • exploit a wide range of simple language in a flexible way to express much of what he or she wants;

    • have a conversation or discussion , but sometimes it can be difficult to follow when trying to say exactly what you would like;

    • continue exhaustively, although pausing for grammar and lexical planning and repair is very obvious, especially in longer periods of free production.

  • The second characteristic is the ability to flexibly face the problems of daily life, for example,

    • cope with less routine situations on public transport;

    • Deal with most situations that may arise when making travel arrangements through an agent or when traveling;

    • unprepared entering conversations about familiar topics;

    • make a complaint;

    • take some initiatives in an interview / consultation (for example, to raise a new topic) but depends a lot on the interviewer in the interaction;

    • ask someone to clarify or elaborate on what you just said.

Global scale of CEFR level B1 competencies

The global scale of the CEFR Common Reference defines the B1 level user capable of the following language skills:

  • You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered at work, school, leisure, etc.

  • You can cope with most of the situations that may arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken.

  • You can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.

  • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations of opinions and plans.

The DELF Pro B1 exam is based on the B1 level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Description of DELF Pro B1 exam


Type of tests: DELF B1 Pro





  • Comprehension questionnaires on three recordings related to practical topics in professional life (played twice).

Maximum duration of recordings: 6 minutes



25 minutes


/ 25


Comprehension questionnaires dealing with two written documents related to the professional environment:

  • extract useful information about a particular task

  • analyze the content of a document related to practical issues of professional life.



35 minutes



/ 25


Express personal opinions on a professional topic (message, note, report, etc.).


45 minutes


/ 25


Test in three parts:

  • guided conversation (2 to 3 minutes)

  • interactive exercise (3 to 4 minutes)

  • express an opinion on a document designed to express a reaction (5 to 7 minutes).


15 minutes maximum

preparation: 10 minutes (only for the third part)



          / 25

Total duration of group tests: 1 hour 45 minutes

Total score out of 100

DELF Pro B1 Overall Pass Rating: 50/100

Minimum mark required per test: 5/25

DELF Pro B1 sample documents

To go further and especially to prepare you well for the DELF Pro B1 exam, you can view and download the DELF Pro B1 sample documents.

Example of a DELF Pro B1 subject

You can download the full DELF Pro B1 sample documents below. The collective tests (listening, reading, and writing) are found in the candidate's test booklet. The DELF Pro B1 candidate brochure also contains the instructions for the individual (oral) test. Individual (oral) test topics are in the examiner's booklet. The audio document contains the listening exercises. Finally, you will find the correct versions of the listening and writing test in the proofreader's booklet.

In addition, you will find below the assessment grids for the DELF Pro B1 writing and speaking tests. We recommend that you study this evaluation table well because it is in it that what you will evaluate and score. So if you control the evaluation criteria well and fit them well, you will get the maximum points.

The files of the DELF Pro B1 sample documents to be downloaded above are the property of CIEP (Center International d'Etudes Pédagogiques). These sample papers are the only DELF Pro B1 previous exam papers available to the public and licensed for distribution.

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