Accreditation of knowledge of Spanish: DELE and SIELE


Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) are official titles which demonstrate the level of competency and fluency of the Spanish language. They are given by the Cervantes Institute through the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports.

  • Spanish Diploma (Beginning Level) accredits linguistic competency sufficient for understanding and responding adequately in most basic situations of daily life so as to communicate desires and needs in simple ways.
  • Spanish Diploma (Intermediate Level) accredits linguistic competency sufficient for conversing in any given situation of daily life that doesn’t require specialized use of the language.
  • Spanish Diploma (Advanced Level) accredits linguistic competency necessary for conversing in situations that require an elevated use of the language and a knowledge of cultural habits

The University of Salamanca cooperates with the Cervantes Institute in the development of test models and the evaluation of the tests in order to obtain a Spanish Diploma.

ESDES prepares the students for this exam which is offered during the month of May.

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The SIELE exam allows access to a certificate of knowledge which specifies the degree of proficiency for the Spanish language that the student has achieved in different skill areas based on the levels established by the Common European Framework.

Our students usually sit for the S1 modality exam, which evaluates their reading and listening comprehension, or the global SIELE certificate exam that lasts 3 and a half hours in which the students are evaluated in reading comprehension, listening comprehension, expression and written interaction, and oral expression and interaction.

ESDES is a testing center for SIELE since 2016.

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