New DELE A1: The major changes in the exam

The major changes in the DELE A1 are summarised below.

Reading comprehension test

  • Exercise 1: three rather than four options in each multiple-choice item.
  • Exercise 4: closed rather than a semi-open answer.

Oral comprehension test

  • Adaptation of test duration: 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Exercise 1: three rather than four options in each multiple-choice item
  • Exercise 4: closed rather than a semi-open answer.

Oral expression and interaction test

  • Changes in exercise 3.
  • Elimination of exercise 4.
  • New marking scales.

Exam specifications

The new DELE A1 comprises four tests:

  • Reading comprehension (45 min)
  • Oral comprehension (25 min)
  • Written expression and interaction (25 min)
  • Oral expression and interaction (10 min + 10 min preparation)

New DELE A1 exam specifications

Sample exam

The Cervantes Institute furnishes a sample of the new DELE A1 exam to be administered beginning in April 2020 to enable candidates to familiarise themselves with test structure and format.

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