zjones wrote:MamaPata wrote:Depending on when you want to take it (I.e. If you're thinking December rather than February!), I wouldn't bother taking the B1. I definitely think you could pass B2 with just a little more work. Do you need the exam for anything or is it for you?
Thanks. I have issues with test anxiety, so I think it would be better to take the B1 and pass, rather than take the B2 and not pass. Later I can take the B2, and I'll know what taking the DELF is like.
The test is for me, because I would like to have a certification to show what I've achieved with French. If/When I look for a job, I want to be able to put a certified French level on my resume -- even if the job does not require French in any way, I think it shows that I have the discipline to apply myself to something fairly difficult.
And also, I really want a certification because I would feel proud to have it.
That is a valid strategy and sounds to be the best for you. If neither money nor time are an issue, going from B1 to the other levels progressively sounds like the right course of action. Skipping levels is more needed, if you need to economise or have a deadline. Truth be told, I am now beating myself over not having tried that with Spanish. Had I taken B1 sometime around my C2 French exam, I could have better directed my studies, climbed to C1, and applied to the Spanish residency exam this year. Nope, instead, I've been waiting for the moment of feeling ready for C1 and it might just never come. And I certainly don't have time to push myself in this area this year.
The older I am, the more I am convinced these tests should be taken as soon as you can, as you never know when you'll need them and there will never be more time. Also, they can be very motivational, which is the best thing about them.
It can also be very educative, as the DELF/DALF exams are not basically the same thing, just with a different level of awesomeness being expected from you. A1-B1 are rather similar in form and in what kinds of stuff are you expected to do. But B2 is already different, C1 and C2 as well. If I may try a metaphore. I think it's like being asked to write a YA book at A1-B1, just a better one at each step, then a good fantasy at B2, an ok high literature novel at C1, and a really good high literature at C2. While the high literature is the end goal, learning the fantasy and YA on the way there can be beneficial too.