Assessing your level

Assessing Your Level: Several Options

Targeting a specific class but not sure if it’s a good fit? We have several options for determining your level. You can check the recommended pre-requisites on the class descriptions (see the Class Descriptions page), or call us at (503) 223-8388 for an interview (over the phone, in-person, or at a scheduled Open House event).

Interactive Test: You can take the online interactive test which is then evaluated by our Pedagogy Manager. After she receives your written test electronically, she will connect with you by phone to complete the oral assessment and will make recommendations for appropriate classes.

Understanding the CECR Designations

When you see the designations A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 or C2, those are CECR designations (CADRE EUROPEEN COMMUN DE REFERENCE). Also know as the Common European Framework, it’s a worldwide reference for measuring one’s fluency in a language; the same system is used for the DELF and DALF exams (see below).

Saison and Edito, within the Cadre

Saison Level 1 corresponds to A1/A2 (utilisateur élémentaire), and Saison Level 2 is A2/B1 (B1 being utilisateur indépendant). These equivalences are for reference purposes. Depending on the level of the students in any given theme-based conversation class at the Alliance, those classes fall in the range of B1 (indépendant) to C1 (expérimenté). The text, le Nouvel Edito, is intended to take B1 students to B2 and is also appropriate for B2 students wishing to maintain that level.

French Proficiency Exams: DELF and DALF

DELF stands for Diplôme d’études en Langue Française and DALF stands for Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française. These are the official French proficiency exams offered by the CIEP education agency of the French Ministry of Education. Testing is offered on a limited basis by approved testing centers and certified examiners (two of our Alliance de Portland teachers took the certification training). Testing in the Portland area is coordinated by Emmanuelle Burk, head of the GIMS Middle School at the French American International School. Participation is open to the public; register in advance; the exam costs a couple hundred dollars to take, depending on the level. Testing is twice a year. Email or call 503.292.9111, x602 for additional info, or visit the official French site.

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