System of the test
As I mentioned previously, there are following 4 sections, each of which has 25 points, and you have to obtain 5 point minimum per section, and if you have a total of more than 50 points, you will pass:
(1) Listening: Compréhension de l’oral (CO)
(2) Reading: Compréhension des écrits (CE)
(3) Writing: Production écrite (PE)
(4) Speaking: Production orale (PO)
Difference between DELF and DALF
Comparing DELF (B2) and DALF (C1), there is not much difference. Of course C1 has more complex contents and articles to deal with: PE has 2 sections (summary of and argument based on multiple articles (B2 has just 1 section based on 1 article) and; PO also has multiple articles to work on (B1 has just one short one). That is, C1 requires skills to digest multiple documents and discuss about it.
The type of work I did was pretty similar to what I did for B1 and B2 this June (“Guide to pass DELF B1 and B2 at the same time“): Know the characteristic of test, prepare for the test each section, practice on 4 skills by yourself and native speakers (italki) as much as possible, make a template for PE and PO.
Template for PO: Main topic of 2-3 documents → Source → Explanation of content with some statistics → State main question addressed → my overall standpoint and 3 supporting opinions with specific reasons/examples → Conclusion X
When it comes to book to prepare for C1, there are less choices than those for B1 and B2. After looking at book review and content summary, I chose “Réussir le DALF C1/C2“. I bought this book right after I passed B1 and B2 for my future reminder. AS expected, in my book shelf, it was waiting for my decision to take C1 for a couple of months.
Although this book includes tips and practice for both C1 and C2, it was useful enough for me to learn the exam characteristic and see the actual level of the test.
This is the must resource. Along with text, online sample test was very useful for me to know the enemy, especially in terms of length of the content within actual exam time. Although it is not always an ideal case for long-term learning, you need to study for the test. And trying out the sample is the best way to do so.
The content of the real exam was rather convenient for me since most of the topics are what I was familiar with (such as education, human productivity and machinery, and linguistic, etc. This has a lot to do with your luck, since you cannot chose.
Honestly, I was lucky and I should work much harder to say proudly that I passed C1, since I need to improve much more. And given that you just need to get more than half the question right (50/100 points), it does not correspond fully with your language skills, if you have convenient topics and can deliver your logical messages even basic vocabulary (which was my case). So I am grateful that I registered for this, worked hard and passed it, but I really need to work harder and smarter.
Learning of this time
This time, I recognized the importance of challenging no matter how busy you are, since you can learn and achieve something rather than waiting for another opportunity.