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What is a C1 level in French?

Reaching a C1 level in French is certainly a big step in your learning experience. But, what is a C1 French level? And how to get there? Let’s explore some key pointers:

Let’s remember that according to the CERF (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), the experience of learning a new language can be measured based on the following levels of knowledge:

A1 - Beginner

A2 - Elementary

B1 - Intermediate

B2 - Upper-intermediate

C1 - Advanced

C2 - Proficient

Today we’ll focus on the C1 French level.

What is a C1 French Level?

C1 French level

If you have reached a C1 French level you’ll be able to comprehend and discern different meanings in a wide range of long texts with a certain amount of difficulty.

You will have the ability to speak freely and spontaneously without showing symptoms of straining to find the right words when engaging in conversations about regular or specific topics.

You can utilize the language in various ways, for social, academic, and professional goals.

You also can write clear, well-structured, and thorough writings on complicated themes, demonstrating proper use of the text's organization, articulation, and cohesion mechanisms.

As with the B1 level, the C1 French level can be evaluated into the following categories:

Listening: You’ll be able to fully understand most conversations about a broad variety of topics. No matter the context of the conversation or where is been held.

Speaking: You are able to express yourself In a social, professional, or academic setting, you can communicate effectively and clearly, and can construct a well-structured argument by speaking clearly and organizing on complex topics.

Writing: You are able to express your points easily and fluently about different topics, from a general view or specific points, without having to think about words or phrase constructions. 

Reading: You will be able to read and understand complex texts on a wide range of topics, including any stylistic or subtextual subtleties.

Why having a C1 level in French is important?

With a C1 French level, you are an advanced learner. You will be able to handle most situations in any francophone country or with any francophone speaker. If your professional expectations involve France or any other francophone country, having a C1 level is definitely a key point in your development, whether you are planning to work or maybe get a PhD

How can I certify a B1 French level?

Taking a C1 test level


When talking about the B1 certification, we talked about the DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française). In the case of the C1 level in French, the DALF (Diplôme Approfondi en Langue Française) is the certification to get.

The DALF test for a C1 French level will be divided into four evaluations, writing, reading, speaking, and listening.

You’ll receive your results within a month, and the certificate will last for life, so don’t worry about the timing or when to take it.

Where can I prepare for the DALF C1 French level test?

The Alliance Française Silicon Valley can prepare you for your C1 French certification, through private tuition. This personalized training and flexible scheduling method is a great way to get ready before your exam. Visit our website for more details or contact us at info@afscv.org.

When will be the next period for C1 certifications?

You can find all the information on our DELF DALF information page.

Written by Alejandro Ramirez G


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