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The DELEs (Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera), issued by the Ministry of Education of Spain, offer an official accreditation on the degree of mastery of the Spanish language for citizens of countries where Spanish is not the official language. They test your ability to read, write, speak and understand Spanish.

The Certificado Inicial accredits the sufficient knowledge of the language to be able to cope with a range of situations which require an elementary use of the language.

The DELE Básico accredits a sufficient knowledge of the language that allows communication in customary situations of everyday life where specialized use is not required.

The DELE Superior accredits the necessary knowledge of the language as to allow communication in situations which require an advanced use of Spanish and knowledge of its cultural background.

The exam for obtaining the DELEs (Inicial, Básico and Superior) consists of five tests: reading comprehension, written expression, listening comprehension, grammar and vocabulary, and oral expression. The grade "no apto" (unsatisfactory) in one of the sections will imply the candidate's failure in the entire exam. All parts should be retaken in the future.

In previous editions over 15,000 people took the DELE examinations

The Diplomas are recognized not only by official institutions of Spanish speaking countries, but also, increasingly by corporations, chambers of commerce and educational institutions in the U.S.

These Diplomas are recognized by several U.S. Universities where the DELEs are either awarded credits or constitute a compulsory requirement for majoring in Spanish.


For prices, dates, sites and deadlines for registration contact the DELE website.


For additional information and registration you should contact:

Anastasio Sánchez
Instituto Cervantes
122 East 42 St, suite 807
New York. NY 10168
Tel: 212 689-4232
Fax: 212-545-8837
E-MAIL: NY@Cervantes.org

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