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Spanish Language Courses Home spanish language exams * diplomas de español como lengua extranjera (dele)

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The 'Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera' (DELE) are qualifications designed for foreign learners of Spanish, and recognised by the Ministry of Education and Science.

NOTE: These Spanish language exams have been replaced with new DELE Diplomas, which fit in with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) of the Council of Europe. This page is now for reference only.

There are three exams, the Certificado Inicial, the Diploma Básico de Español and the Diploma Superior de Español.

1. Certificado Inicial (CIE)

Candidates should be able to handle basic linguistic situations.

Exam consists of:

2. Diploma Básico de Español (DBE)

Candidates should be able to handle everyday situations.

Exam consists of:

3. Diploma Superior de Español (DSE)

Candidates should have an advanced knowledge of the language to enable them to handle a wide range of situations.

Exam consists of:

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