If you require formal certification, the Exam Center at the Alliance Française
de San Francisco offers
tests and diplomas based on the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2.
Test your french
- Have you studied French before but aren't sure which class to take?
- Does your employer or educational institution need to know your proficiency in French?
- Do you need to take a formal certification test? Here's what to do.
no background in french?
> If you have never studied French before, enroll in A1-0 for complete beginners. No need to take the placement test.
some background knowledge in french?
> Before enrolling in our Adult French classes, we invite you to take a
placement test to make sure we find the right class for you. It will take you only a few minutes and it's the best way to find the
class that fits your language needs.
Our courses follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
which is a guideline that describes the level of fluency achieved by a foreign language learner.
A1: BEGINNER or BREAKTHROUGH
At this level, the language user is supposed to understand and use everyday familiar expressions and phrases, introduce himself to others and answer personal questions. At this level, the language user can interact in a simple way if the other person talk slowly and it is willing to help.
A2: ADVANCED BEGINNER
At this level, the candidate can understand sentences and frequently used phrases regarding family, shopping, geography and employment. Also, the user can communicate more easily if the communication has a direct and simple exchange of information or on familiar matters.
B1: THRESHOLD or INTERMEDIATE
At this level, the user is supposed to understand the main points on matter that he/she regularly comes across with at work, in school and other places. The use is supposed to deal with most situation when he travels to areas where that language is spoken. Also, he/she is able to produce simple connected text on familiar topics or personal interest and can describe experiences, events, dreams and give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2: UPPER INTERMEDIATE
In this stage, the user is supposed to be able to understand and communicate on text regarding concrete and abstract subject, to communicate fluently with other native speaker without any stain on either sides.
C1: EFFECTIVE OPERATIONAL PROFICIENCY or ADVANCED
At this level, the user is supposed to understand longer and demanding text of wide range and also recognize implicit meaning; express opinion and ideas on a certain topic without searching for expressions; use the language in both social, academic and professional areas; produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects.
C2: MASTERY OF PROFICIENCY or YOU'RE FRENCH
At this level, the language user is supposed to understand basically anything he/she reads or hears; can summarize information from different spoken and written sources and express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely.