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.
Do you know the new documentation necessary to access the DELE tests?
Due to the special circumstances that the COVID-19 pandemic is imposing and the difficulties faced for the renewal of passport and identification documents, as of the March 2021 call, the presentation of the access documentation to the tests that Candidates for the DELE tests in Spain must be submitted.
DELE 2024 Dates
Instituto Cervantes has approved the following days for the DELE exams in 2024:
Recuerda que puedes inscribirte desde el 15 de noviembre de 2023.
Puedes realizar la inscripción en:
Fechas oficial de la prueba: Viernes, 16 de febrero
Cierre de inscripción: 10 de enero
Fecha oficial de la prueba: Viernes, 12 de abril
Cierre de inscripción: 15 de febrero
Fecha oficial de la prueba: Viernes, 17 de mayo
Cierre de inscripción: 3 de abril
Fecha oficial de la prueba: Sábado, 18 de mayo
Cierre de inscripción: 3 de abril
Fecha oficial de la prueba: Viernes, 12 de julio
Cierre de inscripción: 15 de mayo
Fecha oficial de la prueba: Viernes, 13 de septiembre
Cierre de inscripción: 17 de julio
Fecha oficial de la prueba: Viernes, 18 de octubre
Cierre de inscripción: 4 de septiembre
Fecha oficial de la prueba: Viernes, 22 de noviembre
Cierre de inscripción: 9 de octubre
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.
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:
The payment of the registration fees can be made online or at the corresponding examination center.
In each examination center, in case of the DELE carried out outside Spain.
The following videos created by the Instituto Cervantes show you how to register for the DELE exam.
What do I need to contribute to enroll in the DELE tests?
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:
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
he 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.
Federated centers that offer the DELE exam.