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What is SIELE?

SIELE (International Service of Evaluation for Spanish Language) is an exam that allows you to evaluate and certify your Spanish knowledge using digital means. This exam uses the levels established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and is supported by the Institute of Cervantes, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the University of Salamanca and the University of Buenos Aires.

How does the test work?

1. SIELE global certificates the level of Spanish competence across four tests (Reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written expression and interaction and oral expression and interaction). The exam will last 3 hours with a 15 minute break.

2. The independent SIELE modules are the specific, individual tests that you can choose to certify in.

Examen SIELE Madrid
  • S1: Reading comprehension + listening comprehension. The test lasts 115 minutes.
  • S2: Reading comprehension + written expression and interaction. The test lasts 70 minutes.
  • S3: Listening comprehension + oral expression and interaction. The test lasts 70 minutes.
  • S4: Oral expression and interaction. The test lasts 15 minutes.

Choose the style of exam that most suits your needs!


At AIL Madrid you can take your SIELE exam from Monday to Friday at the following times:

- Independent SIELE modules at 9:00.

- SIELE Global at 17:00.

But, if these options don't fit your needs, you can arrange a meeting with us and choose the date that works best for you. We offer complete flexibility!

Exam Format?

You can sign up for the exam online:

- By entering

- Choosing the exam module, the city and your preferred dates.

- Choosing AIL Madrid.

- Registering yourself (if you’re not already a user).

- Paying for the exam.

- You’re required to arrive at our centre 15 minutes before the start of the exam with your official identification documents and your personal information as a user on (email address and password)

How to prepare for the exam?

- SIELE Global: 155 euros.

- Independent modules: no more than 55 euros.

¿Cómo preparar la prueba?

We can help you prepare for the exam with our intensive course or with individual classes.

Our teachers know the exam and are prepared to help you improve your results in each of the module tests.

How and when will you receive your certificates?

You’ll receive your certificate or document of international recognition within 3 weeks and it will be valid for 5 years, with a description of what you are capable of achieving in each of the skills. If you complete the SIELE global, you’ll also receive a digital acknowledgement of your certificate, accessible whenever you need it, from whatever device (smartphone, tablet or PC).