The major changes in the DELE A2 are summarised below.

Reading comprehension test

  • Four rather than five exercises and 25 rather than 30 items, with the same total duration (60 min).
  • Inclusion of everyday topics familiar to a broader profile of users.
  • Format changes in some exercises.
    • Former exercise 1 has been deleted.
    • Exercises 1 and 2 are like former exercises 2 and 3 with slight changes.
    • Exercise 3 is new.
    • Exercise 4 is like former exercise 5 with slight changes.

Oral comprehension test

  • Four rather than five exercises and 25 rather than 30 items, with the same total duration (40 min).
  • Inclusion of examples in all exercises.
  • Inclusion of everyday topics familiar to a broader profile of users.
  • Longer pauses before, during and after audio recordings.
  • Format changes in some exercises.
    • Exercise 1 is new and all the options are images.
    • Exercise 2 is like former exercise 2 with slight changes.
    • Exercise 3 is new.
    • Exercise 4 is like former exercise 3 with slight changes.
    • Exercise 5 has been deleted.

Written expression and interaction test

  • Two rather than three exercises, exercise 1 deleted.
  • Reduction of total test duration from 50 to 45 min.
  • Inclusion of two options in exercise 2.
  • Inclusion of everyday topics familiar to a broader profile of users.
  • New marking scales.

Oral expression and interaction test

  • Three rather than four exercises, exercise 4 deleted.
  • Reduction of duration from 15 to 12 min.
  • Inclusion of everyday topics familiar to a broader profile of users.
  • Systematisation of exercise 2 instructions, which are now always the same.
  • Creation of a new system of options to facilitate administration.
  • New marking scales.

Exam specifications

The new DELE A2 comprises four tests:

  • Reading comprehension (60 min)
  • Oral comprehension (40 min)
  • Written expression and interaction (45 min)
  • Oral expression and interaction (12 min + 12 min preparation)

New DELE A2 exam specifications

Sample exam

The Cervantes Institute furnishes a sample of the new DELE A2 exam to be administered beginning in February 2020 to enable candidates to familiarise themselves with test structure and format.

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