French Test Update: Bureaucracy Strikes Again
Awful news from the Alliance Francaise that I just received via email:
Thank you for your patience while waiting for the updates on the DELF/DALF exams from the December 2014 session.
As you might know, the DELF/DALF exams are taken at the national level and the confidentiality regulations stipulate that all exams need to be taken on the same scheduled dates and following the exact hourly schedule.
Unfortunately, due to weather conditions, we weren’t able to follow these regulations for the C1/C2 levels during our December 2014 session at Alliance Francaise de San Francisco. Therefore, after conversations with the CIEP in France and the Department of Educational Affairs of the French Embassy in Washington DC, the decision was taken to cancel the exams for the C1 and C2 levels.
We will of course refund you the full exam fee that you have paid with us and we apologize for this situation. Please send me your current mailing address and our accountant will prepare the refund check.
If I can assist with any questions that you might have, please let me know.
What does that mean for me? Basically the last three months I spent in Paris I was studying for this test. I move back home, take the fucking test, and have to wait two and a half fucking months to hear that it’s void. I totally understand the circumstances, but am rightfully disappointed. Also, I’ve not studied French in the same way since, so if I were to try retaking this test I probably wouldn’t do as well as I had done in December.
Bummer, yes, but it wouldn’t have been a Parisian adventure if the bureaucratic bullshit of the French didn’t come back to haunt me one last time.
C’est la vie, n’est pas?