DELE (Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera) the Diploma of Spanish as Foreign language is the worldwide official certificate that certifies the degree of competence and mastery of Spanish language. This certificate is awarded by the Cervantes Institute on behalf of the Spain’s Ministry of Education and Science, previous to a proficiency language examination.
DELE Certification benefits
- It is recognized globally.
- Certifies that you have the sufficient level of knowledge on Spanish language that is highly valued by companies that require personnel with knowledge of Spanish, especially if you apply to work in Spanish speaking countries.
The DELE exam comprises 5 levels of certification:
- Beginners Level A1
Certifies the linguistic competence of the candidate to understand everyday situations linguistically in every spanish speaking country and enables to handle these situations.
- Intermediate Level (corresponds to B1)
Certifies the linguistic competence of the candidate to understand everyday situations linguistically and to react adequately as well as expressing basic wishes and needs. This level equals B1 according to the European Reference Framework.
- Advanced Level 1 (corresponds to B2)
Certifies the linguistic competence of the candidate to communicate without difficulty in everyday situations on a colloquial level without using a special terminology of the Spanish language.
- Advanced Level 2 (corresponds to C2)
Certifies the linguistic competence of the candidate to communicate in situations which require a more sophisticated level plus a good knowledge of the Spanish habits which are expressed therein.
Each exam consists of 5 tests, which are organised into three groups. To pass the exam, every candidate must pass in all three groups with at least a 70% of the maximum number of points to be reached.
How to take the DELE exam?
- You have to pay the exam fee, this on the Spain’s Cervantes Institute or any of its subsidiaries worldwide, as well as in any accredited school. The Exam is regularly scheduled in the months of May, August and November, check the current program.
If you think that you have a good level of Speaking spanish you can aply to take the exam, if not you can learn spanish for free with the spanish resources around the web, or attend to DELE preparation courses offered by different spanish schools like Wiracocha.