All our Spanish Language school partners can prepare you for the official DELE exams.
The tests are available for every level of Spanish from elementary A1 to advanced C2.
DELE (Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language) is the official accreditation of the degree of fluency of the Spanish Language, issued and recognised by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain.
The Instituto Cervantes is the institution in charge of organising the exams, while the University of Salamanca is in charge of the preparation, correction and final evaluation of all the tests.
About the DELE exam
Taken from our partner school in Riviera Maya, Mexico
The Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish equivalent of the British Council or the Goethe Institute, organizes Spanish language exams known as Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (or DELE).
The DELE exams are offered at four levels: 'A1', 'Inicial', 'Intermedio' and 'Superior' which correspond with the European Framework of Reference for Languages.
- Diploma de Español Nivel A1 (Starter level): This qualification attests to sufficient linguistic ability for a very basic range of the most commonly used simple expressions in the Spanish-speaking world to satisfy immediate needs of a concrete type.
- Diploma de Español Nivel B1 (Inicial / Beginner level): This qualification attests to sufficient linguistic ability for understanding and responding appropriately in most normal day-to-day situations and for expressing desires and needs in a basic way.
- Diploma de Español Nivel B2 (Intermedio / Intermediate level): This qualification validates sufficient linguistic ability to get by in average day-to-day situations in normal communication circumstances which do not require specialized use of the language.
- Diploma de Español Nivel C2 (Superior / Proficiency level): This qualification accredits the necessary linguistic competence in situations requiring an advanced use of the language and knowledge of the cultural customs embedded within it.
All four exams include reading comprehension, listening comprehension, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and oral expression components. All parts of the exam are taken on the same day.
The "A1" exam takes a total of 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete; the "Inicial" exam takes a total of 2 hours 50 minutes; the "Intermedio" exam lasts a total of 3 hours 45 minutes and the "Superior" exam lasts a total of 4 hours.
More about the DELE exams at http://diplomas.cervantes.es