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Are you ready for your DELE exam?

DELE - understanding

Is your spoken Spanish at a high enough level?

The spoken portion of the DELE exam is a place many students stumble when they are not well prepared.

DELE - grammar

Do you understand all of the Spanish grammar rules?

Having a good understanding of the grammar rules at each level of the DELE exam is a key to passing.

DELE - spoken

Do you understand the structure of the DELE exam?

Knowing the stucture of the exam and what to expect may be the difference between passing and failing.

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What is the DELE exam?

The D.E.L.E. Certificate (Diplomas en Español como Lengua Extranjera ) is the most recognized and dificult Spanish certificate in the world.

The exam is organized by the Instituto Cervates and the University of Salamaca and issued and recognized by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain.

It is the official accreditation of the degree of fluency of the Spanish Language.

The exam gives certification for 6 different levels using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe as its guidelines. The DELE certification is the most recognized Spanish certification in the world.

The possible levels are as follows:

DELE

LEVEL

A1/A2

Beginner

B1/B2

Intermediate

C1

Advanced

C2

Superior


How do I pass level A1?

The DELE Level A1 certificate accredits that the candidate is capable of understanding common phrases and expressions frequently used in Spanish related to areas of experience which are particularly relevant to them (basic information about themselves and their family, shopping, places of interest, occupations, etc.).

The exam to obtain the DELE Level A1 certificate is composed of the following parts:

DELE A1

TIME

READING

45 minutes

WRITING

25 minutes

LISTENING

20 minutes

SPEAKING

15 minutes


How do I pass level A2?

The DELE Level A2 certificate accredits that the candidate can manage the same content as the level A1 exam but at greater fluency.

The exam to obtain the DELE Level A2 certificate is composed of the following parts:

DELE A2

TIME

READING

50 minutes

WRITING

50 minutes

LISTENING

25 minutes

SPEAKING

15 minutes


How do I pass level B1?

The DELE Level B1 certificate (also known as the \"Certificado Inicial de Español\") shows that the candidates have sufficient knowledge of the Spanish language to handle situations which require an elementary use of the language.

The exam to obtain the DELE Level B1 certificate is composed of the following parts:

DELE B1

TIME

READING

40 minutes

WRITING

50 minutes

LISTENING

30 minutes

GRAMMAR

40 minutes

SPEAKING

10 minutes


How do I pass level B2?

The DELE Level B2 certificate (also known as the "Diploma Básico de Español") shows that the candidates have the necessary knowledge of the Spanish language to allow communication in everyday situations which do not require the use of specialized terms.

The exam to obtain the DELE Level B2 certificate is composed of the following parts:

DELE B2

TIME

READING

60 minutes

WRITING

60 minutes

LISTENING

30 minutes

GRAMMAR

60 minutes

SPEAKING

10-15 minutes


How do I pass level C1?

p>The DELE Level C1 certificate proves that the student's progress with the Spanish language has been successful and that they have a higher than advanced level of Spanish.

This diploma certifies the linguistic ability to understand and recognize implicit meaning in a wide variety of lengthy, difficult texts.

It also certifies the ability to express oneself fluently and spontaneously without showing any signs of making any unnatural effort to find appropriate expressions, and to make flexible, effective use of Spanish within social, academic and professional contexts.

Finally, the diploma certifies the ability to produce clear texts; correct in structure and detail, written about complex topics, and showing the correct use of organization mechanisms, articulation and cohesiveness.

The exam to obtain the DELE Level C1 certificate is composed of the following parts:

DELE C1

TIME

READING

90 minutes

WRITING

50 minutes

LISTENING

80 minutes

SPEAKING

40 minutes


How do I pass level C2?

The DELE C2 exam is for a diploma equivalent to the level of Spanish Mastery (C2). This is the sixth of six levels within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe. The DELE C2 exam certifies the linguistic competence necessary to efficiently handle any situation. Those taking the exam must demonstrate the ability to spontaneously adapt to any context with a high level of precision. They must also demonstrate a strong command of subtle nuances that makes for natural fluency in all their interactions. The exam to obtain the DELE Level C2 certificate is composed of the following parts:

DELE C2

TIME

READING

90 minutes

WRITING

150 minutes

LISTENING

50 minutes


"Michisimas gracias a Live Lingua! I just got my DELE B1 certificate and I am the happiest person in the world. As you know I did not pass the first time. Now I can't wait to work with you guys to get by C1." Kendra L.

"I am retired, and one of my life goals in live was to get the superior certificate [on the DELE exam]. I studied in a number of immersion schools in Spain and Argentina, and even took some of their DELE courses, but I was never able to pass to this final level. Thankfully one of the students I had class with in Spain mentioned you guys. I am glad I found you, and thank you for helping me pass this last hurdle. I would definately recommend Live Lingua for DELE tutoring." Evgenia D.

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