2019 DELF B2 Reading Test Tips!

DELF B2 is super important to assess your level, but I know, even if you have good oral skills, you cannot skip other parts! Reading part can be tricky because the document is full of unknown vocabulary. Don’t worry, find below some good tips to get more chance to have better marks for this part!

Some tips about the DELF B2 Reading exam:

Most of the time the document is taken from a French newspaper: Le Monde, Libération, Le Figaro, Le Nouvel Observateur, Le Point, Marianne.

Typically the questions follow the chronological order of the text.

Read the questions first then read the text. It will save you a lot of time.

Read a lot, to get used to the vocabulary used in the media.

Most students tend to prioritize the quality of their reading. It means they stop every time they don’t know a word and they look up in the dictionary. That’s useful but you waste a lot of energy by doing that. I suggest prioritizing the quantity of your reading.  Read a lot every day, consistently 3 or 4 different newspapers, without looking in the dictionary. The meaning words will become clearer with time. Remember that for 99% of the words you know in your native language, you never looked them up in a dictionary. You learned them through the context. This method needs time, but is far more effective. You need to develop this habit because in the exam no dictionary is allowed.

Practicing:

  • read a lot
  • don’t focus on words you don’t know

In the exam:

  • read the questions first then read the text
  • don’t focus on the word you don’t understand but on its context.
  • write notes while you are reading, especially the first time.
  • answer all the questions; don’t leave any blank.

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Resources to practice your skills for DELF B2 Reading test!

Practice with mock exams and read at least 10 newspaper articles a day. The point is not to understand every single word, but to get a general feeling about the tone and the point of view of the document as well as to know the right topic.

The main French newspapers are Le Monde, Le Figaro and Libération. Courrier International is also a very good newspaper which translates and publishes French articles from international newspapers.

The main news magazines are Le Nouvel Observateur, L’Express and Le Monde.

Courrier International compares the treatment of news in France with other European countries.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR  DELF B2:

http://www.ciep.fr/. Organisation that manages the DELF tests. On their website, you will find all the information that you need to take the exam: introducing the exam, when and where can you take it, how much it costs…

Get used to practicing mock exams for all these skills. The instructions are always the same so at the real exam you won’t lose time understanding them.

Mock exams:

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