Información sobre DELE y SIELE
Información sobre DELE y SIELE

OFFICIAL EXAMINATIONS

If you are considering doing an exam to get official recognition of your Spanish level you’ll want to find out what your options are.  You’ll be asking yourself:

  • Which exams are on offer and which suits me best?
  • How and where do I sign myself in to take the exam?

Currently, you have two options: DELE and SIELE.

*Advertencia: El exámen SIELE dejará de existir próximamente, así que, si estás pensando en sacarte un título, te recomendamos que inicies los trámites para el DELE. Aun así, te dejamos la información de los dos tipos de títulos hasta que el SIELE se haya cancelado por completo.

DELE


What is it?

It is the Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera, an official diploma of the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training of Spain.

What type of accreditation does it grant and with what validity?

If you are successful you’ll get an official diploma of Spanish proficiency, which accredits the official levels established within the Common European Framework of Reference. It is recognized internationally both by a wide variety of educational institutions like universities, schools and so on… and also in the commercial sector. It has an indefinite validity – once you are DELE certified, you’re always DELE certified… though of course you should expect some questions if it is decades old!

Which levels can you do?

From the A1 to C2.

What’s the exam format?

There are four tests, of different duration depending on the level, and it is done on paper, presentially at a DELE exam centre in your country or in Spain.

  • Reading Comprehension (45-90 min)
  • Listening comprehension (20-50 min)
  • Written expression and interaction (25-80 min)
  • Oral expression and interaction (15-20 min)

How and where do I sign up?

Registration can be done presentially, at any of the exam centres of the DELE exam. ISLA is one of these, so you can send us an email here. Or through the official DELE portal.

Prices

The price of the exam varies according to the level and the country in which you do it. To give you an idea the prices in Spain for 2018 were:

  • A1: 108€
  • A2: 124€
  • B1: 160€
  • B2: 186€
  • C1: 195€
  • C2: 205€

You can see the prices of the exams in each country here

Dates

Dates are set at the beginning of the year. You can check the dates for 2019 here.

SIELE


What is it?

It is an acronym for Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española, is a certificate of knowledge, endorsed by the Cervantes Institute, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the University of Salamanca and the University of Buenos Aires.

What type of accreditation does it grant and with what validity?

When you do SIELE exam you get a certificate of knowledge of Spanish which state the points you have been awarded. These points have equivalences with all but one of the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference. You can opt to do the global exam or pick the specific area (written, oral, etc.) you want to do. You´ll be given separate grades for each test you do. This exam has international recognition in higher education institutions of languages. It has a validity of five years.

Which levels can you do?

From A1 to C1.

What’s the exam format?

There are four tests which you do online at a designated exam centre.

  • Reading Comprehension (60 min)
  • Listening comprehension (55 min)
  • Written expression and interaction (50 min)
  • Oral expression and interaction (15 min)

If you want a competence report in a specific area the options are:

  • S1: reading + auditory
  • S2: reading + written
  • S3: auditory + oral
  • S4: oral

How and where can I sign up?

Online through the official portal of SIELE.

Prices

  • SIELE Global Exam: 155€
  • S1: 55€
  • S2: 75€
  • S3: 100€
  • S4: 75€

Dates

As the exam centres pick their own SIELE dates there is a lot of variety… and in theory you sign up for an exam whose sitting is in 48 hours.

If you want more information about the exams or you are still wondering which is best for you why not read the following article. And if you want to do the exam with us, send us an email to info@academiaisla.com and we will explain how to sign up.