What is the DELE exam?

The Spanish DELE Diplomas are official qualification certifying the degree of competence and mastery of the Spanish language, awarded by the Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training of Spain.

The Instituto Cervantes offers six DELE exams for adults, in accordance with the six levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), seven exams calls per year and two specifics for schoolchildren.

Through the agreement signed with the Instituto Cervantes, FEDELE is a collaborating institution for the realization of the Spanish as a Foreign Language Diplomas (DELE) and has 65 Examination Centers in several Spanish cities.

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2021 DELE Exam Dates
2020 DELE Exam Dates
Levels
What does each qualification recognize?
How to register?
DELE preparation courses
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2021 DELE Exam Dates

Opening of the registration period for 2021: November 11, 2020

The objective of Instituto Cervantes is to offer all candidates options so that they can carry out their exams when the situation caused by the pandemic is normalized, and to do so:

  • For canceled calls, the Cervantes Institute will schedule alternative exam dates and automatically enroll candidates in them, in order to save them from repeating the cancellation and re-registration procedures.
  • The Instituto Cervantes will notify candidates by email and the means at their disposal of the reorganization of dates and calls for their exams.
  • Candidates affected by cancellations of exam sessions may request a refund of the amount, which will be paid in full, within the extended period of 30 days.

For any questions, candidates can contact their examination center, or the Instituto Cervantes itself through https://cau.cervantes.es/

Exam session
Written exam
Deadline
Levels offered
Registration
Convocatoria
February
Prueba escrita
19/02/2021
Cierre Inscripción
13/01/2021
Exámenes ofrecidos
A2
Inscripción
CLOSED
Convocatoria
April
Prueba escrita
09/04/2021
Cierre Inscripción
10/02/2021
Exámenes ofrecidos
A1, A2, B1, B2, C1
Inscripción
CLOSED
Convocatoria
May
Prueba escrita
21 and 22/05/2021
Cierre Inscripción
17/03/2021
Exámenes ofrecidos
A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2
Inscripción
CLOSED
Convocatoria
July
Prueba escrita
09/07/2021
Cierre Inscripción
12/05/2021
Exámenes ofrecidos
A2, B1, B2, C1
Inscripción
CLOSED
Convocatoria
September
Prueba escrita
10/09/2021
Cierre Inscripción
14/07/2021
Exámenes ofrecidos
A2
Inscripción
CLOSED
Convocatoria
October
Prueba escrita
08/10/2021
Cierre Inscripción
25/08/2021
Exámenes ofrecidos
A2, B1, B2
Inscripción
CLOSED
Convocatoria
November
Prueba escrita
12 and 13/11/2021
Cierre Inscripción
06/10/2021
Exámenes ofrecidos
A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2
Inscripción
CLOSED

2020 DELE Exam Dates

Instituto Cervantes aware of the health alert situation caused by the spread of the coronavirus COVID-2019 and in absolute collaboration with the authorities of Spain and the rest of the world has decided, in order to protect the health of all, to take the following exceptional measures regarding the DELE exams.

The exam sessions for April and May have been canceled. Instituto Cervantes will shortly communicate the new exam dates and the applicants’ registrations will be transferred to the session closest to the exam date in coordination with the examining centers where the candidates are registered. If that date is not convenient for the candidate, he/she may request the change or the refund of the amount paid.

Exam session
Written exam
Deadline
Levels offered
Registration
Convocatoria
February
Prueba escrita
February 14
Cierre Inscripción
January 8
Exámenes ofrecidos
A2
Inscripción
CLOSED
Convocatoria
April
Prueba escrita
April 17
Cierre Inscripción
February 19
Exámenes ofrecidos
A1, A2, B1, B2, C1
Inscripción
CANCELLED
Convocatoria
May
Prueba escrita
May 15 and 16
Cierre Inscripción
March 18
Exámenes ofrecidos
A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2
Inscripción
CANCELLED
Convocatoria
July
Prueba escrita
July 10
Cierre Inscripción
June 17
Exámenes ofrecidos
A1, A2, B1, B2, C1
Inscripción
CLOSED
Convocatoria
July
Prueba escrita
July 31
Cierre Inscripción
July 8
Exámenes ofrecidos
A2
Inscripción
CLOSED
Convocatoria
September
Prueba escrita
September 11
Cierre Inscripción
August 19
Exámenes ofrecidos
A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2
Inscripción
CLOSED
Convocatoria
October
Prueba escrita
October 2
Cierre Inscripción
September 9
Exámenes ofrecidos
A2, B1, B2, C1
Inscripción
CLOSED
Convocatoria
October
Prueba escrita
October 23
Cierre Inscripción
September 30
Exámenes ofrecidos
A2, B1, B2
Inscripción
CLOSED
Convocatoria
November
Prueba escrita
November 13 and 14
Cierre Inscripción
October 14
Exámenes ofrecidos
A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2
Inscripción
CLOSED

The objective of Instituto Cervantes is to offer all candidates options so that they can carry out their exams when the situation caused by the pandemic is normalized, and to do so:

  • For canceled calls, the Cervantes Institute will schedule alternative exam dates and automatically enroll candidates in them, in order to save them from repeating the cancellation and re-registration procedures.
  • The Instituto Cervantes will notify candidates by email and the means at their disposal of the reorganization of dates and calls for their exams.
  • Candidates affected by cancellations of exam sessions may request a refund of the amount, which will be paid in full, within the extended period of 30 days.

For any questions, candidates can contact their examination center or the Instituto Cervantes itself through https://cau.cervantes.es/

Levels

The diplomas are official qualifications certifying the degree of competence and mastery of Spanish, and it is divided in the following levels:

CEFR Levels
DELE for young learners
General DELE exams
CEFR Levels
A1
DELE foy young learners
DELE A1
General DELE exams
DELE A1
CEFR Levels
A2
DELE for young learners
DELE A2/B1
General DELE exams
DELE A2
CEFR Levels
B1
DELE for young learners
DELE A2/B1
General DELE exams
DELE B1
CEFR Levels
B2
DELE for young learners
General DELE exams
DELE B2
CEFR Levels
B2
DELE for young learners
General DELE exam
DELE B2
CEFR Levels
C1
DELE for young learners
General DELE exams
DELE C1
CEFR Levels
C2
DELE for young learners
General DELE exams
DELE C2

What does each qualification recognize?

The Spanish DELE Diplomas are the only qualifications of the Ministry of Education of Spain of international scope and are recognized worldwide by private companies, chambers of commerce, and by the public and private education systems.

  • The Spanish Diploma Level A1 accredits sufficient linguistic competence to engage in situations that require a basic level of communication.
  • The Spanish Diploma Level A2 accredits that the student will have the sufficient linguistic ability to understand a basic range of the commonly simple and immediate relevance of expressions used in the Spanish-speaking world (basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • The Spanish Diploma Level B1 accredits the necessary linguistic competition to comprise the salient points of clear texts and describe experiences, events, wishes, and desires, justify opinions, etc.
  • The Spanish Diplomas Level B2 accredits the sufficient linguistic competence to develop in ordinary situations of daily life, in normal communication circumstances that do not require specialized use of the language.
  • The Spanish Diplomas Level C1 accredits sufficient linguistic competence to express oneself clearly and without any limits. The student has a wide lexical repertoire, including colloquial expressions.
  • The Spanish Diplomas Level C2 accredits the necessary linguistic competence to engage in situations that require advanced use of the Spanish language and a knowledge of the Spanish culture.

See the Levels of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

How to register?

Registration for the exam must be processed through the means that Instituto Cervantes has enabled for it within the established deadlines.

The registration can be done in two ways:

  • Online in examenes.cervantes.es, for candidates in Spain (for all levels except school-levels)
  • In each examination center, in case of the DELE carried out outside Spain.

The payment of the registration fees can be made online or at the corresponding examination center.

To register in these tests, it is necessary to provide, in addition to other mandatory personal data, a personal e-mail address. Said e-mail, whose correct functioning is the responsibility of the candidate, will serve to communicate with Instituto Cervantes for exam sessions, grades, and other processes related to the DELE exam.

Parents, guardians, or legal representatives must register minors or persons without legal capacity to act, bearing in mind that they must provide a different e-mail address for each of the candidates who register.

It is the obligation of the candidate, whatever the means of registration, to check the correctness of all the data that appears in the receipt received as proof of their registration, both in relation to their personal data and in what concerns the level, date, and place of the session for the DELE diploma chosen.

With the payment of registration, the candidate:

  • accepts the general purchase conditions of the Instituto Cervantes and the general and specific terms and conditions of the DELE diplomas;
  • declares to fulfill the administrative and economic requirements required to obtain the DELE Spanish diploma; and
    • undertakes to attend the examination provided with those documents that certify compliance with these conditions, which are:
      • the receipt of your registration;
      • your passport or official identity document with a photograph, for its correct identification;
      • and the examination session of the center in which you have registered.

DELE preparation courses

The DELE preparation courses are specific courses offered by Spanish schools to provide candidates with reinforcement in the different skills and, in addition, practical information and advice for carrying out official tests. Doing a DELE preparation course helps the student to face the tests with greater security.

The DELE preparation courses are offered by the FEDELE schools throughout the year and, with greater intensity, in the periods prior to the May, August, and November sessions.

The student should consult schedules and prices directly in the schools, which will also offer advice on the most appropriate level and the registration procedure.

FAQs

To solve the most frequently asked questions, you can go through the following button to the Instituto Cervantes website.

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