There are 6 different levels of DELE based on the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR):
This qualification attests to sufficient linguistic ability for a very basic range of the most commonly simple expressions used in the Spanish-speaking world and in order to satisfy inmediate needs of a concrete type.
This qualification attests to sufficient linguistic ability for understanding a basic range of the commonly simple and immediate relevance of expressions used in the Spanish-speaking world (basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
This qualification attests to sufficient linguistic ability for understanding and responding appropriately in most normal day-to-day situations and for expressing desires and needs in a basic way.
This qualification validates sufficient linguistic ability to get by in average day-to-day situations in normal communication circumstances, which do not require specialized use of the language.
Find out more about the differences between B1 and B2 levels.
At this level, users are expected to be able to use the structures of a language with ease and fluency. Users are able to adapt their language use to a variety of social situations, and express opinions and take part in discussions and arguments in a culturally acceptable way.
Find out more about the differences between C1 and C2 levels.
The level of DELE you choose to obtain depends on your objectives and on your general Spanish language skills. This certificate is very complete, as the different parts of all six exams involve testing reading, writing and speaking skills.
The level A1: The student can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly.
The level A2: The student can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance. Can also communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information and describe in simple terms aspects of his background and his immediate environment.
The level B1: The student can understand the main points of clear standard input. Can deal with most situations, produce simple connected texts, describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
The level B2: The student can understand the main ideas of complex text, including technical discussions in his field of specialization. He can also interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity with native speakers and produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on general topics.
The level C2: The student can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. He can also summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation and express himself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.