Hello, #Vivers! If you need to certify the level of Spanish that you have obtained at the academy, among the different options that exist, you can opt for the Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (known as DELE) or the International Spanish Language Evaluation Service (known as SIELE). In this article we are going to try to summarize the basic characteristics and differences between the two.
What is the DELE?
In summary, we could say that the DELE It is an internationally recognized diploma that certifies the level of Spanish, to which you have previously decided to apply (from level A1 to level C2). If you obtain the grade of PASS (passed) in the different tests of the exam, you will receive a certificate of that level. The exam format consists of four tests and is done on paper, at an exam center and in calls pre-established guidelines set by the Cervantes Institute each year.
What is SIELE?
Furthermore, the SIELE, it is an international accreditation system for your level of Spanish in the different language skills (reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written expression and interaction, and oral expression and interaction). It is a multilevel exam that you can take in full (all skills) or just some tests if what you want to accredit are partial language skills. The evaluation is based on a scale from 0 to 1000 points, in which the objective is not to pass or fail, but what is graded is the level you have in each language competence based on the score obtained (For example , it could be that you obtained a grade of B2 in reading comprehension, B2, in listening comprehension, B1 in written expression and B1 in oral expression). The levels that are accredited range from A1 to C1. In addition, all tests and registration are done by computer and you can choose the date and time you want to take the exam, choosing from the many calls offered by different exam centers around the world.
Main differences between DELE and SIELE
In the following table you can see in detail the main differences between DELE and SIELE that the teachers at our academy have indicated to us:
|Ownership||Ministry of Education and Vocational Training of Spain and the Cervantes Institute.||Cervantes Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico, University of Salamanca, University of Buenos Aires.|
|Recognition||International in regulated educational systems (for example, Brazil, France, Italy...), institutions, companies, universities.||International of SIELE higher education institutions and other international organizations of reference in education and languages.|
|Exam format||On paper and in writing + oral expression test before an examining board. It is carried out in exam centers accredited by the Cervantes Institute.||Exam format On paper and in writing + oral expression test before an examining board. It is carried out in exam centers accredited by the Cervantes Institute. Online, with a computer. The oral test is carried out through recordings. In SIELE accredited exam centers.|
|Number of exams and levels||An exam for adult audiences that includes tasks from level A1 to C1.|
|Rating system||Appropriate or unsuccessful on the mastery of the level at which the candidate is examined.||Spanish knowledge result expressed on a thousand-point scale equivalent to CEFR levels.|
|Communication of the results||Between 2 or 3 months||maximum 3 weeks|
|Certificate that is issued||Certificate (complete exam) or Report (only some test/s) of results, depending on the contracted modality.|
|Calls for applications||To obtain your DELE diploma, the Cervantes Institute sets dates that are communicated each year. To find out this year's dates click here.||You choose the date and time that best suits you. If you want to take the exam at Luis Vives Escuela de Español, you can see the available dates by clicking here or you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
At Luis Vives Spanish School we offer courses to help you prepare for these exams. All the teachers at our academy are highly qualified for the preparation of the DELE and SIELE exams and the majority are examiners accredited by the Cervantes Institute, so they will be able to help you achieve your goal. If you want more information, send us an email to email@example.com or a message to our Whatsapp (+34 660 731 581) or complete this Contact Form.