DELE Examinations

The only certificate officially recognised worldwide!

D.E.L.E. (Diploma de Español de Lengua Extranjera I Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language) is the only certificate in Spanish as a foreign language recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Education.

This diploma is gaining more and more international relevance, especially for those who wish to study at a Spanish-speaking university, or for anyone who wants to work in Spain or in other Spanish speaking markets.

The D.E.L.E. is structured in six levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2) according to the EU directive for second languages learning.

A1: This Diploma accredits that students will be able to use elementary language in communication situations involving immediate needs or very common everyday matters.

A2: This Diploma accredits that students can understand commonly-used everyday phrases and expressions related to areas of experience especially relevant to them (basic information about themselves and their families, shopping, places of interest, occupations, etc.).

B1: This Diploma accredits that students understand the gist of clear texts, in standard language, if they involve well-known topics related to work, studies or leisure. That they deal with most of the situations that may arise during a trip to where the language is used. That they produce simple, coherent texts about well-known topics or issues of personal interest and that they describe experiences, events, wishes and hopes, as well as briefly justify opinions or explain plans.

B2: This Diploma accredits students understand the gist of complex texts about concrete or abstract themes, even technical texts, provided that they are within the candidates’ field of specialization. That they interact with native speakers with sufficient fluency and spontaneity, so that communication does not constitute an effort for the interlocutors and that they produce clear and detailed texts about diverse topics, as well as defend a point of view on general topics, stating the pros and cons of the different options.

C1: This Diploma guarantees that the progress of the student in the language has been a success, and certifies more than an advanced level of Spanish and linguistic competence to understand a wide variety of long, quite demanding texts, as well as recognise implicit meanings in them. Express themselves fluently and spontaneously, without any obvious effort to find the right words. Use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes and be able to produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts on topics having a certain level of complexity, with correct use of mechanisms for organising and articulating a cohesive text.

C2: This Diploma is the highest and most advanced of the six learning levels established in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It certifies the level of Mastery and sufficient linguistic competence to perfectly handle any kind of situation, proving a spontaneous capacity of adaptation to any context, with a great deal of semantic and grammatical precision. The language users express themselves fluently, with a high degree of specialization and complexity.

You can sit the exam throughout the world in April, May, July, October and November. Registration for the exams usually opens in February and is possible up to one month before the exam.