Everything you need to know about DELE exams

Everything you need to know about DELE exams

The “Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language” (DELE) are official titles certifying the degree of competence and mastery of the Spanish language, granted by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain.

If you’re thinking about taking it and getting your Spanish level officially certified, keep reading as we go through everything you need to know about the DELE exams.

How many exams and levels are there?

DELE exam information

The Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language are divided into six levels:

  • Spanish Diploma Level A1 (Breakthrough)
  • Spanish Diploma Level A2 (Waystage)
  • Spanish Diploma Level B1 (Threshold)
  • Spanish Diploma Level B2 (Vantage)
  • Spanish Diploma Level C1 (Effective Operational Proficiency)
  • Spanish Diploma Level C2 (Mastery)

There is also a DELE exam for teens between 11 and 17.

How many sections does the DELE exam have?

The DELE is divided into different sections, depending on the level. They all include different tasks that evaluate the following skills:

    1. Reading comprehension
    2. Written expression and interaction
    3. Listening comprehension
    4. Oral expression and interaction

What does each level measure?

Each test has a different level of difficulty. In general terms, here are the main aspects evaluated in each exam:

A1: Obtaining this diploma certifies that you have a basic knowledge of the language that allows you to communicate in situations related to immediate needs or daily situations.

A2: This diploma certifies that you understand phrases and expressions that are commonly used to give basic information about yourself, your family, work, etc.

B1: The B1 exam evaluates your capacity to produce and understand texts of topics related to work, studies or leisure. It will also evaluate your way of dealing with typical situations while travelling in Spanish speaking countries and your capacity of describing experiences, wishes, opinions, etc.

Taking DELE examB2: This test focuses on evaluating your capacity to interact with native speakers with fluency and spontaneity. You will also have to produce texts about diverse topics, defend your opinion and understand complet texts both about concrete and abstract topics.

C1: Obtaining this diploma requires understanding demanding texts, expressing yourself fluently and spontaneously, have language flexibility to adapt to social, academic and professional purposes and producing clear, well-structured texts about complex topics.

C2: The DELE C2 certifies sufficient linguistic competence to communicate effectively in any situation.

 

What are the parts of each exam?

A1A2
Group 1 (reading and writing skills):

  • Reading comprehension (45 minutes, 4 tasks)
  • Written expression and interaction (25 minutes, 2 tasks).

Group 2 (oral skills):

  • Listening comprehension (20 minutes, 4 tasks)
  • Oral expression and interaction (15 minutes).
Group 1 (reading and writing skills):

  • Reading comprehension (60 minutes, 5 tasks)
  • Written expression and interaction (50 minutes, 2 tasks).

Group 2 (speaking skills):

  • Listening comprehension (35 minutes, 5 tasks)
  • Oral expression and interaction (15 minutes).
B1B2
Group 1 (reading and writing skills):

  • Reading comprehension test (70 min, 5 tasks)
  • Written expression and interaction test (60 min, 2 tasks)

Group 2(speaking skills):

  • Listening comprehension test (40 min, 5 tasks)
  • Oral expression and interaction test (15 min + 15 min to prepare)
Group 1 (reading and writing skills):

  • Reading comprehension test (70 min, 4 tasks)
  • Written expression and interaction test (80 min, 2 tasks)

Group 2 (speaking skills):

  • Listening comprehension test (40 min, 5 tasks)

Oral expression and interaction test (20 min + 20 min to prepare)

C1C2
Group 1:

  • Reading comprehension and use of language (90 minutes, 5 tasks).
  • Integrated skills. Listening comprehension and written expression and interaction (80 minutes, 2 tasks).

Group 2:

  • Listening comprehension and use of language (50 minutes, 5 tasks).
  • Integrated skills. Reading comprehension and oral expression and interaction (20 minutes) (and 20 minutes to prepare).
Test 1: Use of language, reading and listening comprehension (105 minutes, 6 tasks).

Test 2: Integrated skills: Listening and reading comprehension, and written expression and interaction (150 minutes, 3 tasks).

Test 3: Integrated skills: Reading comprehension and oral expression and interaction (20 minutes) (and 30 minutes to prepare).

How are the exams graded?

The final grade is either pass or fail. The maximum possible score is 100 and a minimum score of 30 is necessary in order to receive an overall “passing” grade.

Where is this certificate recognized?

The Diploma is recognized worldwide and it is highly renowned both in educational institutions and in the business world. Obtaining this certificate proves that you have certain language skills, which are highly valued when it comes to applying for jobs. 

Where can you take this exam?

Once you’ve studied hard and you are ready to take the test, you can do it in any of the Cervantes Institute centres. There is also a wide network of external centres where you can take the exam, including universities, academies, etc. Additionally, there are more than 900 centres in more than 100 countries.

When will you get your results?

Once you have taken the test, you will have to wait approximately three months to get your results. If you pass, you will receive the accrediting diploma.

How much does it cost to take the exam?

The price for the exam will depend on the level that you sign up for and the country in which you decide to do it. We suggest you ask for the specific price in the center where decide to take it.

When can you take the test?

Check out the 2018 DELE calendar!

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