DELE Spanish exam courses in Spain

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IH Spain's language schools around Spain all offer courses designed to prepare students for the DELE exams. The DELE courses vary in length from 4 to 10 weeks, with both intensive and extensive preparation courses.

Internationally, as well as in Spain, the most widely recognised official Spanish qualification is the "Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera" (DELE) – the Diploma of Spanish as a foreign language. You can take the DELE exam at three different levels, "Inicial", "Intermedio" and "Superior", roughly equivalent to the University of Cambridge's English language exams: PET, First Certificate and Proficiency (i.e. intermediate, upper intermediate and very advanced).

About the exams

The DELE exams are run by the Instituto Cervantes, on behalf of Spain's Ministry of Education and Science, and are official qualifications, certifying the level of competence and command of the Spanish language. They are held in centres around Spain three times a year, in May, August and November (see our individual language schools site for exact details).

All three levels of the exam include a reading and listening comprehension, as well as grammar and vocabulary components and an oral test. The "Inicial" exam takes a total of 2 hours 50 minutes to complete; the "Intermedio" lasts a total of 3 hours 45 minutes and the "Superior" level takes 4 hours.

More information

You can take a DELE exam preparation course at our centres in Barcelona, Cadiz, Madrid, San Sebastian, Seville or Valencia. Click on the school of your choice for further details.

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