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DELE - Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language

How to get my DELE diploma

Inform yourself here by DELE – STEP by STEP
This webpage has been launched by Instituto Español Murallas de Ávila (IEMA – www.iema.com) to provide you with the essential information about the DELE exams and diplomas – the examination, the different levels, the conditions for inscription etc.). The contents of this site is not the official information of Instituto Cervantes (Ministry of Education), it tends to satisfy the practical needs of all people interested in finding out more about the DELE examinations.

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By 8 steps we will give you all information necessary, essential and useful, clearly structured and easy to understand.

Our `DELE – STEP by STEP´ will dispel your doubts, answer all your questions and also at the same time offer you a test of your level of Spanish.
Furthermore you will find here information on how to acquire the necessary techniques to help you pass the examinations.
This information has been updated on 17 October 2012.

We hope this information is helpful.
For your DELE exam we wish you
GOOD LUCK!!!


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I. STEP ONE. General Information

What are the DELE diplomas ?

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The Instituto Cervantes awards the DELE diplomas on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science.

A DELE diploma is an official certificate with an international reputation which certifies a certain level of competence in using the Spanish language.


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What are the advantages of a DELE diploma for me?

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The diplomas DELE are qualifications you can obtain in addition to the qualifications you have acquired at school or university. Due to their international reputation these diplomas can be very useful for your further career – especially if you are cooperating with Spanish companies or planning to work in a Spanish speaking country.

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Which different DELE levels exist?

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The following information is official, based on the REAL DECRETO 264/2008, of 22 February 2008, and provided by Instituto Cervantes on its website regarding the DELE diplomas; the following official information is from 22 February 2012:

The DELE examinations have been designed following the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) of the Council of Europe, which ensures a practical way of establishing a standard, international and objective measurement of the level that should be reached at each teaching stage, and in evaluating results.

The University of Salamanca collaborates with Instituto Cervantes in designing exam papers and in grading the tests leading to the Diplomas in Spanish. The levels of the Diplomas in Spanish are integrated into the CEFR:

Diploma in Spanish Level A1

Diploma in Spanish Level A2

Diploma in Spanish Level B1 (formerly Beginner)

Diploma in Spanish Level B2 (formerly Intermediate)

Diploma in Spanish Level C1

Diploma in Spanish Level C2


This is the list of DELE Diplomas with the corresponding levels proposed by the Council of Europe and those of the Common European Framework of Reference:


DELE Diploma in Spanish

Diploma in Spanish Level A1 Breakthrough

Diploma in Spanish Level A1 for Schools* breakthrough

Diploma in Spanish Level A2 Waystage

Diploma in Spanish Level B1 (formerly Beginner) Threshold

Diploma in Spanish Level B1 for Schools* treshold

Diploma in Spanish Level B2 (formerly Intermediate) Vantage

Diploma in Spanish Level C1 Effective Operational Proficiency

Diploma in Spanish Level C2 Mastery


Level-A1 DELE examination (DELE A1) enables students to access the Spanish-speaking world, improves their academic education and provides them with confidence to continue advancing towards the other levels.

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

DELE A1 is, therefore, an internationally recognized certification tool that connects people from their first contact with Spanish and evaluates their level in Spanish from the beginning of their studies.

Level-A2 DELE examination (DELE A2) is the second step after accessing the language of Spanish-speaking countries.

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.).

Level-B1 DELE examination (DELE B1) certifies that candidates already have a level of Spanish which places them at a slightly higher than beginner level.

This Diploma accredits language users´ capacity to:

1.Understand the main points of texts spoken and written in standard varieties of Spanish that are not excessively local, provided that they involve well-known topics related to work, studies or everyday life.

2.Deal with most situations and contexts involving these uses.

3.Produce simple, coherent texts about well-known topics or issues of personal interest, such as describing experiences, events, wishes, plans, and aspirations, or expressing opinions.

Level-B1 DELE examination (DELE B1 for Schools) is the Diploma that certifies the linguistic competence in Spanish of school pupils between the ages of 12 and 17; it is integrated into formal education. It certifies level B1, but its contents have been adapted for school pupils.

Level B1 for Schools accredits language users´ capacity to understand and react appropriately to everyday situations and to communicate needs and wishes in a basic manner.

Level-B2 DELE examination provides candidates with the certainty that they have reached an advanced level of Spanish which enables them to communicate successfully both orally and in writing.

This Diploma accredits language users´ capacity to:

1.Understand the gist of complex spoken and written texts, including those about abstract topics, presented in diverse varieties of Spanish, or of a technical nature, especially if they are about specialized areas of knowledge with which they are familiar.

2.Interact with all types of speakers, with sufficient fluency and spontaneity, so that communication does not constitute an effort for either interlocutor.

3.Produce clear and detailed texts about diverse topics, including those involving dialectic analysis, debate or defending a point of view.

The DELE C1 guarantees that the progress of the student in the language has been a success, and certifies more than an advanced level of Spanish.

This diploma certifies sufficient linguistic competence to:

1.Understand a wide variety of long, quite demanding texts, as well as recognise implicit meanings in them.

2.Express themselves fluently and spontaneously, without any obvious effort to find the right words.

3.Use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes.

4.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.

DELE C2 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.

The DELE C2 certifies 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.


*A1 Escolar:
- Structure and validation as A1 diploma
- Lexis for pupils (age 12 – 16)
- Multiple-Choice simplified


*B1 Escolar:
- Structure and validation as B1 diploma
- Lexis for pupils (age 12 – 17)



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II. STEP TWO. How can I find out which level I have?


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We can give you a general evaluation of your level while analysing first of all your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.

However, it is not possible to offer a complete analysis of your knowledges and skills from a distance, only a personal meeting would give a better indication of your linguistic abilities. In a direct level test we would also include an assessment of your oral skills as well as of your writing skills and comprehension. Only this way we could give you a reliable estimation of your present Spanish level and recommend to you which DELE examination you should take according to your knowledge and skills.

In order to get a general idea of your global level of Spanish, do the following exam within 45 minutes. Level test.
IEMA-examen: CLICK HERE


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III. STEP THREE. How and where can I prepare for my DELE exam ?


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It is recommended that you participate in a DELE preparation course. Instituto Cervantes points out on page 29 of its report of recommendations of 1 July 2011 that IEMA (Instituto Español Murallas de Ávila) offers such Spanish courses, specifically designed for preparing its students for the DELE examinations. These intensive immersion courses take place inÁvila, Spain:
Website / pagina de web IEMA: CLICK HERE

Not only can you acquire the knowledge and skills you need to pass the examination but become familiar with the specific structure of the DELE exams and the necessary techniques to pass it.


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Can I get access to model exams or other material of past DELE examinations ?

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All DELE examination material is property of the Instituto Cervantes and may not be published by any third party.

IEMA is a Spanish language school specialised in the preparation for the DELE exams. As a `Centro acreditado` it is member of the ´Red de Centros Asociados´ of the Instituto Cervantes. On the basis of an agreement between IEMA and the Instituto Cervantes, IEMA can best prepare its students for any level of the DELE exams.

IEMA, as an associated centre of the Instituto Cervantes and as an official preparation centre for the DELE exams, has the potential to familiarise its students with the contents, structure and examination procedures.


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Where can I attend a DELE preparation course ?


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It is not enough to acquire only the knowledge and skills necessary with regards to contents, but also the techniquesnecessary to pass the exams and to learn how to deal with them during the exam. As a matter of fact a lot of candidates fail their exams despite their very good knowledge of Spanish. Due to the stressful situation or being confronted with unexpected formal requirements of the DELE exam (to fill in forms, understand instructions etc.) it often happens that candidates fail the easiest tasks.

If you wish to participate in a DELE preparation course, get more information here.
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IV. STEP FOUR. Preparing the registration for the DELE exams

What conditions and requirements do I have to consider?

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If you wish to sit an examination for a DELE diploma, since 2016, citizens from any country may sit the DELE exam, also those whose mother tongue is Spanish.


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Which documents do I have to provide when enroling?


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• Original and copy of a document of identification with a photograph stating the following details: identity, nationality, place and date of birth. The details declared by the candidate in the inscription form must correspond with those of the identification document.

• Proof of the payment of the enrolment fees.

Once signed up for the DELE exam, the candidates will receive a sealed copy of the registration form showing the code they have been given and will be sent the official examination information stating place, date and time of the examination.

You will find further information for participation and enrolment - and first of all if you would like to pass your examination in Spain, for example after an intensive preparation course, at:
Información sobre la inscripción: CLICK HERE


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V. STEP FIVE. The registration for the DELE exam

Where and when can I register?


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You can register for your DELE examination in every accredited DELE examination centre where you can also find all the necessary documents. Please consider that there are specific registration dates; the enrolment period generally starts two months ahead of the DELE examination date. In the next step we offer you a complete list of DELE examination centres. If you would like to register through an official, Instituto Cervantes accredited DELE enrolment centre where you can also find information concerning the different DELE examination centres, at:
Información sobre la inscripción: CLICK HERE


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How much is the registration fee for DELE examinations ?

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The DELE examination fee depends on the level of the examination, the country where you are going to sit the examination and the examination centre. In Spain for example, the DELE examination fees for 2015 are the following (fees without guarantee):

DELE Nivel A1: 108 €

DELE Nivel A2: 124 €

DELE Nivel B1: 160 €

DELE Nivel B2: 188 €

DELE Nivel C1: 197 €

DELE Nivel C2: 207 €

DELE Nivel A1 Escolar: 108 €

DELE Nivel A2-B1 Escolar: 160 €


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Where and how do I have to pay for my DELE examination ?

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Your DELE enrolment and examination centre will give you information on this.


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VI. STEP SIX. Sitting the DELE examination

Where can I register and take the DELE exam ?


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You can take the examinations for the DELE diplomas in almost any part of the world. CLICK HERE .

In Spain you can take the DELE examination at different places. You can register through an official, Institution Cervantes-accredited enrolment centre like Instituto Español Murallas de Ávila, information on conditions of enrolment and participation in DELE examination you will find at : CLICK HERE


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Which DELE examination dates are offered?


DELE EXAM OCTOBER 2017
Examination date: October 13th*
Offerd examinations: A2, B1, B2
Registration date: Until August 30th


DELE EXAM NOVEMBER 2017
Examination date: November 24th*
Offerd examinations: A1 escolares, A2/B1 escolares
Registration date: Until October 11

Examination date: November 25th*
Offerd examinations: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2
Registration date: Until October 11



DELE EXAM FEBRUARY 2018
Examination date: February 9th*
Offerd examination: A2
Registration dates: Until January 10th


DELE EXAM APRIL 2018
Examination date: April 6*
Offerd examinations: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1
Registration date: Until February 14th


DELE EXAMS MAY 2018
Examination dates: May 18 and 19*
Offerd examinations:
May 18 - A1 escolar and A2/B1 escolar
May 19 - A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2
Registration date: Until March 28th


DELE EXAM JULY 2018
Examination date: July 13th*
Offerd examinations: A2, B1, B2, C1
Registration date: Until May 23


DELE EXAM SEPTEMBER 2018
Examination date: September 14th*
Offerd examination: A2
Registration date: Until August 1


DELE EXAM OCTOBER 2018
Examination date: October 5th*
Offerd examinations: A2, B1, B2
Registration date: Until October 22


DELE EXAMS NOVEMBER 2018
Examination dates: November 9th and 10th*
Offerd examinations:
November 9th - A1 escolar and A2/B1 escolar
November 10th - A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2
Registration date: Until October 3


*Please check availability with the respective examination centre


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Which documents do I have to bring in the day of my DELE examination?

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A sealed copy of your enrolment form, your identification card (or passport) and the letter of invitation sent to you from the examination centre.


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VII. STEP SEVEN. The DELE examination

How are the DELE exams structured?

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The DELE exams consist of different sections to each of which corresponds an examination section with different exercises.

To obtain the diploma of any level candidates must pass with "apto" all sections of the same DELE examination on the same examination date.

In each section the candidate must surpass 70% of the exercises correctly.

The following information on new DELE format is provided by Instituto Cervantes:



DELE exam A1 Level


The DELE A1 examination is structured the following way:

• Reading comprehension (45 minutes)
• Written expression and interaction (25 minutes)
• Listening comprehension (20 minutes)
• Oral expression and interaction (15 minutes)



DELE exam A1 Level for Schools


The DELE A1 examination for Schools is structured the following way:

• Reading comprehension (45 minutes)
• Written expression and interaction (25 minutes)
• Listening comprehension (20 minutes)
• Oral expression and interaction (15 minutes)



DELE exam A2 Level


The DELE A2 examination is structured the following way:

• Reading comprehension (60 minutes)
• Written expression and interaction (50 minutes)
• Listening comprehension (35 minutes)
• Oral expression and interaction (15 minutes)



DELE exam B1 Level


The DELE B1 examination is structured the following way:

• Reading comprehension (70 minutes)
• Written expression and interaction (60 minutes)
• Listening comprehension (40 minutes)
• Oral expression and interaction (15 minutes)



DELE exam B1 level for Schools


The DELE B1 examination for Schools is structured the following way:

• Reading comprehension (40 minutes)
• Written expression (50 minutes)
• Grammar and vocabulary (40 minutes)
• Listening comprehension (30 minutes)
• Oral expression and interaction (10 minutes)



DELE exam B2 Level


The DELE B2 examination is structured the following way:

• Reading comprehension (70 minutes)
• Written expression and interaction (80 minutes)
• Listening comprehension (40 minutes)
• Oral expression and interaction (15 minutes)



DELE exam C1 Level


The DELE C1 examination is structured the following way:

• Reading comprehension and use of language (90 minutes)
• Listening comprehension and use of language (50 minutes)
• Integrated skills. Reading comprehension and oral expression and interaction (20 minutes, and 20 minutes for preparation)
• Integrated skills. Listening comprehension and written expression and interaction (80 minutes)



DELE exam C2 Level


The DELE C2 examination is structured the following way:

• Use of language, reading and listening comprehension (105 minutes)
• Integrated skills: Listening and reading comprehension, and written expression and interaction (150 minutes)
• Integrated skills: Reading comprehension and oral expression and interaction (20 minutes, and 30 minutes for preparation)


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VIII. STEP EIGHT. After my DELE exam

When will I be notified?

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Approximately 60 working days after the DELE examination documents have been sent to the DELE evaluation centre you will get the results at your mailing address.


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Who can I contact if I do not agree with the assessment?

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On the notification of your results you will find the relevant address for your objections.


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We hope this information is helpful.

For your DELE exam we wish you

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GOOD LUCK!!!