In Spain you'll find a range of different options to help you learn Spanish or improve your level. If you want, you can also obtain the official internationally-recognised Spanish certificate, the Diploma in Spanish DELE.


What are DELEs?

The DELE Diplomas in Spanish are official, internationally recognised qualifications that allow you to accredit your current level in the Spanish language. DELE diplomas are accepted worldwide by the business community and chambers of commerce, as well as public and private education systems. In Spain they help with access to universities, language schools and jobs. They are valid indefinitely and allow for geographical mobility within the European Union in academic and professional spheres. They are valid indefinitely and guarantee your geographic mobility in academic and professional spheres within the European Union. For more information, see the DELE promotional video, or visit the Cervantes Institute's Diplomas in Spanish DELE website.

How many DELE are there?

The Cervantes Institute currently offers eight DELE exams that cover the six levels proposed by the European Council in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and the reference levels in the Curricular Plan of the Cervantes Institute (PCIC). Below is a list of the different DELE diploma levels and DELE exams available to candidates, according to each candidate category:

DELE DIPLOMAS (CEFR AND PCIC LEVELS) General DELE exams (aimed at adults with no age limit) DELE exams for school students (aimed at students aged 11 to 17)
Level A1 Spanish Diploma
DELE A1 Exam
DELE A1 exam for school students
Level A2 Spanish Diploma
DELE A2 Exam
DELE A2/B1 exam for school students
Level B1 Spanish Diploma
DELE B1 Exam
DELE A2/B1 exam for school students
Level B2 Spanish Diploma
DELE B2 Exam
Level C1 Spanish Diploma
DELE C1 Exam
Level C2 Spanish Diploma
DELE C2 Exam

Who can take the exams?

DELE exams can be taken by anyone who does not speak Spanish as their first language and who wants to have an official qualification that accredits his/her knowledge of the language.

Where and when are the exams held?

DELE examinations can be taken every year on five test dates (April, May, July, October and November). Different DELE tests can be taken on each exam date, depending on the users' requirements. For information on exam dates, click on the following link: The registration procedure and the DELE examination itself can be done in over 900 test centres in more than 100 countries. For information on requirements and registration procedures click on the following link:

DELE Examination Centres:

The network of DELE test centres comprises 900 centres in more than 100 countries worldwide. These include branches of the Cervantes Institute, Spanish embassies and consulates and a number of public and private schools, duly authorised by the Cervantes Institute as official DELE examiners. For information on your nearest test centre click on the following link:

Is it necessary to complete a special course in order to take the exam?

It is not obligatory to take any special course to sit the DELE exams, as they are designed to test your skill in the Spanish language, and not the knowledge you have acquired on a course. The Cervantes Institute, through its Diplomas in Spanish website, offers useful information and documentation for preparing the tests: 1) Guides to all DELE exams: 2) Sample exams and listening tests for all DELE exams: 3) Information on specific publications for preparing the DELE exams: What's more, branches of the Cervantes Institute around the world and other public and private schools -particularly accredited language schools in Spain- offer courses to help you prepare the DELE exams. This website and the website of the Cervantes Institute offer information on the full range of Spanish courses available in Spain, including courses for preparing the DELE exams.

When do candidates receive their diploma?

Candidates can check the scores they've obtained in the DELE exams on the Diplomas in Spanish website about two months after taking the exam. The Cervantes Institute will deliver the corresponding diplomas to all PASSING candidates via the test centre where they registered. How easy is that? It’ll be even easier here in Spain, living amongst the Spanish.

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