DELF B2 Test Preparation Guide for Adults


DELF B2 test preparation

Following our series of guides for DELF exams, in this article we are going to discuss how to prepare for the DELF B1 exam. As an official centre for DELF and DALF exams in Vancouver, we have the experience and know-how on how to succeed in your DELF B2 test. 

At the end of the article, you’ll be able to download a DELF B2 preparation guide  so you can practice at home. 

First, the overall DELF B2, like all other levels, is divided into a group section and an individual part. The group section lasts 2hours and 30 minutes, and 50 minutes for the individual session (30 minutes of preparation and 20 minutes of examination). 

The collective part covers oral comprehension, written comprehension, and written expression.  

The individual test consists of a presentation in form of a monologue and an exchange with the evaluator.    

Advice for oral comprehension: 

  • Read the instructions before listening to each document and try to memorize them. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: the first exercise, you get two opportunities to listen to the audio recording, but you will only have ONE opportunity to listen for the second exercise. 
  • During the first audio play, write down some notes on the type of document, the theme, the general idea, keywords, etc. 
  • Pay attention to the positions and opinions of the interlocutors. 
  • If you don’t understand a word, try to understand the overall context of the situation.  
  • The questions follow the order of the documents. The first question is regarding the document in general. 

    For the written comprehension: 

    • The two exercises are independent, start with the one that you wish to do first. 
    • Be mindful of the time! Remember that one hour passes by quickly so try to organize your time between the two exercises. 
    • For each exercise, read each question first and then read the text. 
    • The questions follow the order of the documents, the first question is related to the overall document. 
    • While you read the document, underline the information that will help you answer the questions. Try to remember the theme, the idea, and the main keywords.

    Suggestions for the written expression examination process:  

    During the written expression, you must write more than 250 words. 

    • Read the instructions carefully and the initial document before starting. 
    • Remember:  the theme, type of document, keywords, and the overall idea. 
    • Use a draft paper to write down your ideas and a plan. 
    • The text you write must be coherent: it should have an introduction, body and ending. 
    • Think of supporting your ideas with examples. 
    • Take a few minutes to verify your spelling and grammar. 
    • Write down the number of words at the end of the text. 


    For the oral expression:  

    The DELF B2 oral expression examination consists of two parts where you must be able to justify your point of view. 

    For part 1, the guided monologue: defending your point of view on a debate

    Once you start, you must choose 2 subjects. Select the one you prefer and prepare your arguments for 30 minutes. You must be clear with the subject of the document and reformulate the problem with important elements. After that, you must debate your point of view using examples.  

    For part 2, the interactive exercise: debate

    During this part, the evaluator will ask me questions based on your written essay. You must defend your point of view and debate it. 

    Advice on the oral expression: 

    • Greet the evaluators once you arrive and when you leave. 
    • Make eye-to-eye contact when you speak with the evaluator.
    • If you don’t understand what the evaluator is saying, ask him to repeat or speak slowly. 
    • Articulate properly when you speak. 
    • Try connecting your ideas with transitional words and developing your speech in an organized way. 

    During the preparation time : 

    • Carefully read the initial document and highlight the keywords. 
    • Use a paper draft to write down your ideas, do not write long phrases.
    • Make a plan.
    • Try anticipating what the evaluators will ask. 

    These are some general tips to consider for your DELF B2 preparation; however, practicing by reviewing and doing some exercises will help ensure a positive outcome in your DELF B2 exam.    

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