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DELE Exam - Spanish as a Foreign Language Diploma

The DELEs (Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language) is the official accreditation of the degree of fluency of the Spanish Language, issued and recognised by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain.

The Instituto Cervantes is the institution in charge of organising the exams, while the University of Salamanca is in charge of the preparation, correction and final evaluation of all the tests.

The DELEs are divided into three levels depending on the language level:

Diploma de Español A1

This accredits the sufficient linguistic competence to understand and use daily expressions frequently used in any part of the Spanish-speaking world, aimed at satisfying immediate needs; asking and giving basic personal information about yourself and daily life and interacting on a basic level with speakers, whenever they are speaking slowly and clearly and are willing to cooperate.

Diploma de Español A2

This accredits that the candidate is capable of understanding daily phrases and expressions frequently used related to areas of experience which are particularly relevant to them (basic information about yourself and your family, shopping, places of interest, occupations, etc.).

Diploma de Español (Nivel Inicial - B1)

Intermediate-mid/threshold level

This accredits sufficient knowledge of the language to allow control in situations which require an elementary use of the language.

Diploma de Español (Nivel Intermedio - B2)

High-intermediate level

This accredits the necessary knowledge of the language to allow communication in everyday situations which do not require specialized terms.

Diploma de Español C1

This accredits the sufficient linguistic competence to cope in common situations of daily life which require a specialized use of the language. (November 2010).

Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - C2)

Superior level

This accredits an advanced knowledge of the language allowing communicaton in all situations requiring advanced use of the language and a knowledge of cultural background.

In these pages we offer you all the information you will need about DELEs and registration possibilities all over the world.