Many students in Hong Kong want to get their french certified but most of them don't know the different options available and the difficulties. Here we explain you the differences so you know the options you have.
DELF is an international Diploma of Studies in French Language awarded by the French Ministry of Education. It has different levels starting by beginners level which is the A1 level.
This exam is designed to be taken by adults or teenagers who are at least 14 years old, it is not intended for kids. It is available to apply 2 times a year in Hong Kong, one time in May and the other in November. You will need to learn french typically for at least around 70 hours before you reach the A1 level so you can pass the exam. If you want to continue to further your level like A2 it will take another 70 hours or more of learning.
IGCSE stands for International General Certificate of Secondary Education and is an exam elaborated by different UK educational organisations.
Students in Hong Kong can take this exam either through their school or we can help them to register as freelance candidates through the Hong Kong Education Bureau. You can choose in Hong Kong whether you want to take the Cambridge Board or Edexcel Board, while French Edexcel is easier.
This exam is intended for students that are 15 years old although anyone is free to register for this exam. Students typically learn french for 4-5 years before they can pass this exam although with the help of a french private tutor you can speed up the process.
HKDSE French and A-levels french are exams of exactly the same difficulty. They are designed for students who are 17 years old and you should have learned french from secondary 1 to secondary 6 if you want to pass this exam. With the help of a french tutor however this learning process can be done faster.
Students can register for this exam in Hong Kong through the HK Examination Bureau twice a year.
Many students from international schools in Hong Kong specially from ESF schools prepare for these exams. Our school has been helping students to prepare for these exams for over 10 years and we know not only the syllabus but the typical questions that students get questioned by their school teachers in the internal assessed oral exam.
Unfortunately students cannot register for this exam in Hong Kong by themselves unless it is through their school or taking the language registering in a online platform called Pamojawhere they will need you to complete the tasks given by the online teachers.
These exams are less common in Hong Kong but students that follow the American program will typically take these exams. If you want to go to an American college you will need a high score in these which we can surely help you too.