DELE Exam Syllabus

Spanish Proficiency Exam

 Every student or professional usually learn a foreign language like Spanish, either for employment or education purpose or just as a hobby. No matter what the reason might be, taking a language proficiency exam could be very beneficial.

Spanish language proficiency exam follows the norms described by the CEFR. There are six levels in total: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. The most common and widely registered exams for testing Spanish language proficiency are:

  • E.L.E – Diplomas de Espanol como Lengua Extranjera (Issued by Instituto Cervantes on behalf of Spanish Ministry of Education and Science)
  • I.E – Diploma Internacional de Espanol (Issued by Instituto Hispania)
  • SIELE(Launching in 2016)– Servicio Internacional de Evaluacion de la Lengua Espanola – (Issued by Instituto Cervantes in liaison with Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México)

Below we have provided the details related to one of the above mentioned Spanish examsD.E.L.E, which is supposedly the mostfrequent exam taken up by Spanish students in India.

DELE Exam Syllabus:

The pre-requisite for taking the Spanish proficiency exam is:

It is designed for those students who have not studied Spanish either in their school /college or if Spanish has not been the medium of instruction in their primary or secondary school or whose parents are not of Spanish origin or those who have not had their primary or secondary education in Spain.

Proficiency Level Syllabus
A1 ü  Use simple sentences and expressions related to everyday situations.

ü  Saying basic salutations like hello, goodbye, please, thank you and apologizing.

ü  Accepting or rejecting an invitation.

ü  Meeting and presenting themselves and others.

ü  Identify and describe people, places or things.

ü  Express tastes, likes and dislikes, desire and need.

A2 ü  Communicate in a language minimally complex with native speakers.

ü  Ask, grant or refuse permission, orders and commands.

ü  Express obligations, preferences, satisfaction and desire.

ü  Listen to articles, stories, news and express surprise, joy accordingly.

ü  Addressing and congratulating someone.

B1 ü  Speak fluently expressing events on a variety of topics in the present, the past and the future tense.

ü  Understand and answer questions, summarize, communicate and offer some opinion on topics related to everyday life if spoken to them slowly and clearly.

ü  Understand and give directions to navigate in a city, rent a car, order food and follow instructions to cook.

ü  Give and understand orders, ask and give help, express an agreement or a disagreement.

ü  Formulate hypothesis on a general topic you are aware of.

ü  Inquire about someone’s mood or health

ü  Apologizeor react to an apology.

ü  Begin and enda conversation, show interest in continuing a conversation, repeat what you have said and check if you have understood correctly.

B2 ü  Narrate what others have told you using reported speech.

ü  Express stronger emotions like fear, grief, concern, disappointment, gratitude and appreciation.

ü  Take a stand as for or against any proposal, argument etc.,

ü  Write formal and informal letters using conventional methods.

ü  Paraphrase, summarize and assess what others have said in a social setup with remarkable fluency and ease of expressions.

C1 ü  Write clear grammatically well-structured sentences, presentations, articles and texts on complex subjects.

ü  Defend ideas, point of view, arguments with a clear opening and conclusion.

ü  Show skepticism, approval, disapprovalon a variety of situations.

ü  Formulate some hypothesis, transmit messages or narrate events, give orders/ commands, make requests in different time lines.

ü  Utilize the language in a literary sense, participate, react, respond and interrogate on various topics in a flexibly and fluently.

C2 ü  Understanding and responding to texts spoken at medium or fast pace.

ü  Report oppositions, processes, results and circumstances.

ü  Linking ideas, adding information and forming structured speech.

ü  Provide recommendations or advise. Refer to issues and interpretations from your point of view and that of others.

ü  Ability to extract information and summarize texts. Also ability to produce different types of text using discourse markers to show process and result relationship.

ü  Express likes, wants and preferences and influence the ideas, decisions of the other party.

ü  Understand and respond to questions posed by a native speaker, without having them to rephrase or paraphrase their questions.