DELE — Diplomas de Espanol como Lengua Extranjera are official diplomas that indicate Spanish knowledge at a certain level for non-native Spanish speakers. This test was issued by the Spanish Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. The exam contains six levels — from A1 to C2, which corresponds to level division described by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Each participant should define his or her level of the Spanish language before taking DELE exam. The diplomas are valid permanently. Every year, more than 60,000 examinations are taken by candidates in more than 800 examination centres from more than 100 countries.

Preparation resources and materials for DELE

DELEDELE exam official site with study materials and sample tests
Aprueba el DELE A1Study book Aprueba el DELE for A1 level edited by SM
Aprueba el DELE A2 Study book Aprueba el DELE for A2 level edited by SM
EdelsaStudy books for DELE edited by Edelsa
Cervantes-testOnline test provided by the Instituto Cervantes

Facts about DELE

The frequency of examination 2 times in a year
Year of foundation1988
Official siteDELE
OrganizerInstituto Cervantes
Exam results assessment time1 month
Exam certificate validitytermless
Cost127 USD — 241 USD
Place of examination95 countries
The method of assessmentPass (Apto)/Fail (No Apto)