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French test (TELC, DEFL, CECI) or an equivalent certificate recognized by Vaud?

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I'm in a desperate need of obtaining an A2 French certificate. I speak at this level, but what I need is obtaining a certificate - either TELC, DEFL, CECI or an equivalent certificate issued by a school "recognized" (I presume by canton Vaud as this is their immigration office asking for such a document).

The question is - what school/facility does such exams on a short notice of 2-3 weeks? It could be anywhere in Switzerland or close in France, Germany etc...
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Re: French test (TELC, DEFL, CECI) or an equivalent certificate recognized by Vaud?

The DELF is administered by the DELF organization.

The schedule of exams is on this site: delfdalf.ch
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Re: French test (TELC, DEFL, CECI) or an equivalent certificate recognized by Vaud?

You can sit for the DELF/DALF in either CH or FR. You have to sign up for the test about 8 weeks ahead of time. I have had friends take the test in Annecy, Lyon, Geneve, Lausanne, Neuchatel, etc.--it all depended on the test dates. (And the money. It is much cheaper to take the test in France.)
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You can sit for the DELF/DALF in either CH or FR. You have to sign up for the test about 8 weeks ahead of time. I have had friends take the test in Annecy, Lyon, Geneve, Lausanne, Neuchatel, etc.--it all depended on the test dates. (And the money. It is much cheaper to take the test in France.)
But the real question is: Is it easier?!
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Re: French test (TELC, DEFL, CECI) or an equivalent certificate recognized by Vaud?

I believe there is a test you can do at the Migros Ecole Club that is acceptable to the Vaud authorities as that's what a friend did.
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But the real question is: Is it easier?!
I think that at level A2 there is no meaningful difficulty difference among these tests.

DELF can sound more "official", since the diploma is issued by the minister (of education?) in France. You have to register 2 months before the test. After the test you will get your result sheet in 2-4 weeks which can already be used as a proof, and for the official diploma (which comes from Paris) you have to wait 6-10 months after the test.

TELC is now more targeted on small cities in Switzerland far from DELF test centers (to avoid direct competition). It may be a little easier than DELF, but you only feel that difference at level B2. Also TELC is running more "flexibly", for example you can even register for a test in the last minute provided that there are still places.

But for the purpose of integration proof in Switzerland, no matter which test (TELC, DELF, maybe even the Migros-club test report...) will be recognized.
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I think that at level A2 there is no meaningful difficulty difference among these tests.

DELF can sound more "official", since the diploma is issued by the minister (of education?) in France. You have to register 2 months before the test. After the test you will get your result sheet in 2-4 weeks which can already be used as a proof, and for the official diploma (which comes from Paris) you have to wait 6-10 months after the test.

TELC is now more targeted on small cities in Switzerland far from DELF test centers (to avoid direct competition). It may be a little easier than DELF, but you only feel that difference at level B2. Also TELC is running more "flexibly", for example you can even register for a test in the last minute provided that there are still places.

But for the purpose of integration proof in Switzerland, no matter which test (TELC, DELF, maybe even the Migros-club test report...) will be recognized.
Well, I was only joking. But thanks for the useful information!
I should really do the C1 exams but I get serious exam anxiety.
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Well, I was only joking. But thanks for the useful information!
I should really do the C1 exams but I get serious exam anxiety.
Sorry. Well, now I reread your sentence and I realize how I lack the sense of humor...
I also have terrible test anxiety. Last time my doctor gave me some pills to take before the test and it worked (apparently)!
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Re: French test (TELC, DEFL, CECI) or an equivalent certificate recognized by Vaud?

Now, after panic subsided, I searched EF once again and found out that a BULATS test is accepted and hopefully can be scheduled on a short notice (DELF requires enrollment months in advance, TECL one month in advance).
Now another question causes terror and panic - the letter is addressed to me, and the reference is made to my and my family's request for the early C permit, but no mention of who is asked to present said certificates. I wonder if they want just my certificate or of my wife as well as A2 would be a difficult hurdle... (our B permit is dependent on me).
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Re: French test (TELC, DEFL, CECI) or an equivalent certificate recognized by Vaud?

So, in Vaud, for earlier C permit - permis d'établissement anticipée / vorzeitige Erteilung der Niederlassungsbewilligung -
both spouses have to speak local lingo at at least A2.
The back-and-forth with the cantonal immigration authority took over a year. Now the permit has to be approved by the federal Staatssekretariat für Migration.
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