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Diplomas in Spanish (DELE)

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"Are you interested in obtaining the Diploma in Spanish (DELE)? ..."

Are you interested in obtaining the Diploma in Spanish (DELE)? We tell you here everything you need to know to receive your official DELE certificate: information points, exam dates, registration procedures, language schools and much more.

What are DELEs?
The Diplomas in Spanish (DELE) are official, internationally recognised qualifications that allow you to accredit your level in the Spanish language. They are awarded by the Cervantes Institute on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.

What advantages do DELEs have?
DELE diplomas are accepted worldwide by businesses and chambers of commerce, as well as by public and private education systems. In Spain they help with access to universities, language schools and jobs. They are valid indefinitely and allow for geographical mobility within the European Union in academic and professional spheres.

How many DELE exams are there?
The Cervantes Institute currently offers eight DELE exams that cover the six levels proposed by the European Council in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and the reference levels in the Curricular Plan of the Cervantes Institute (PCIC).

Below is a list of the different DELE diploma levels and DELE exams available to candidates, according to each candidate category:

DELE DIPLOMAS (CEFR AND PCIC LEVELS) General DELE exams (aimed at adults with no age limit) DELE exams for school students (aimed at students aged 11 to 17)
Level A1 Spanish Diploma
DELE A1 Exam
DELE A1 exam for school students
Level A2 Spanish Diploma
DELE A2 Exam
DELE A2/B1 exam for school students
Level B1 Spanish Diploma
DELE B1 Exam
DELE A2/B1 exam for school students
Level B2 Spanish Diploma
DELE B2 Exam
Level C1 Spanish Diploma
DELE C1 Exam
Level C2 Spanish Diploma
DELE C2 Exam

Who can take the exams?
DELE exams can be taken by anyone who is a citizen of a country in which Spanish is not the official language (except in specific cases) and who wishes to have an official qualification that accredits his/her knowledge of the language.

Where are the exams held?
The registration procedure and the DELE examination itself can be done in over 900 test centres in more than 100 countries. These include branches of the Cervantes Institute, Spanish embassies and consulates and a number of public and private schools, duly authorised by the Cervantes Institute as official DELE examiners. You'll find the complete list at the Cervantes Institute's Diplomas in Spanish website.

When are the exams held?
DELE examinations can be taken every year on five test dates (April, May, July, October and November). Different DELE tests can be taken on each exam date, depending on the users' requirements. Information on the test dates is available at the Cervantes Institute website.

Is it necessary to complete a special course in order to take the exam?
It is not obligatory, as these are open exams designed to test a person's skill in the Spanish language, and not the knowledge acquired on a course. You'll find useful information and documentation for preparing the exams at the website of the Cervantes Institute: guides to all the DELE exams, sample exam papers and listening exercises, and information on specific publications for preparing the DELE exam.

In addition, the Cervantes Institute and other public and private centres –and particularly accredited schools in Spain– offer courses to help you prepare. The website of the Cervantes Institute has all the information on the wide range of Spanish language courses available in Spain, including courses for preparing the DELE exams.

When do candidates receive their diploma?
Candidates can check the scores they've obtained on the Cervantes Institute's Diplomas in Spanish website, about two months after taking the exam. The Cervantes Institute will then deliver the corresponding diplomas to all passing candidates via the test centre where they registered.

How easy is that? It'll be even easier here in Spain, living amongst the Spanish.

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