Certification of Spanish

Instituto Cervantes of Los Angeles offers various types of diplomas and certificates that allow individuals to officially certify their level of Spanish proficiency worldwide.

Diplomas DELE

Image of a DELE exam

These are official titles of indefinite duration that certify a person's level of Spanish proficiency, regardless of where or how they learned it.

The DELE Spanish diplomas are awarded by the Cervantes Institute on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Professional Training. To obtain them, the candidate must pass the DELE exam at the desired level.

DELE exams are graded on a PASS/FAIL basis, and the various tests are designed to assess the person's overall communicative competence in Spanish (reading, writing, comprehension, and speaking).

When registering, candidates can choose which level of Spanish they want to certify from the six available, established according to the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2.

DELE Diplomas for Young Learners

These diplomas are specific titles aimed at students between the ages of 11 and 17.

To obtain them, candidates must also pass an exam whose topics are tailored to candidates of these ages.

When registering, candidates can choose between level A1 or level A2-B1.

Dates in 2024 for the DELE exams

Registration is now open for any of this year's DELE exams.

Dates and registration closes DELE 2024

Examination date

 DELE level

Registration closes

Friday, February 16, 2024

A2

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Friday, May 17, 2024

A1 & A2/B1 for Young Learners

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Saturday, May 18, 2024

A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Friday, July 12, 2024

A2, B1, B2 and C1

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Friday, October 18, 2024

A2, B1 and B2

Wednesday, September 4, 2024

Friday, November 12, 2024

A1 & A2/B1 escolar

Wednesday, October 9, 2024

Saturday, November 23, 2024

A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2

Wednesday, October 9, 2024

Important notice: The written portion of the exam will always take place on the date indicated in the box above. However, the oral exam may be held on that same day, the day before, or the day after. The oral exam schedule will be sent to candidates approximately 3 weeks before the exam date. In the event that a candidate wishes to request a change to their exam schedule, the exam board reserves the right to deny such requests for organizational reasons.

If you cannot find the level or preferred exam date at the Cervantes Institute in Los Angeles, you can locate another examination center through this search tool.

Registration fees

The registration fees for DELE exams vary depending on the level.

Fees DELE 2024

Exam

Fee

A1

110 $

A1 for Young Learners

110 $

A2

115 $

A2-B1 for Young Learners

135 $

B1

135 $

B2

155 $

C1

170 $

C2

185 $

How do I register?

To register for any of the DELE exams, please send the following documentation to cursos.losangeles@cervantes.es:

Documents for the DELE registration

Document

Instructions

Registration form DELE 2024

  • Please complete all sections of the form, as this information will be used to contact you with exam instructions, etc.
  • If you change your postal address before or after the exam, please inform us.

Copy of your ID with your photo.

  • The document should include your name and surname(s), place and date of birth, and your nationality.
  • The information on the identification document must match that included in the registration form.
  • The person registered must show their original identification document on the day of the exam.

Proof of payment

  • Payment information will be provided to you once we have received the completed form and official identification document.
  • Payment can be made by check or bank transfer.

Resources to prepare for the DELE exams

SIELE Certificates

Image of a DELE exam

These certificates certify the level of Spanish proficiency of a person, regardless of where or how they learned the language. They are promoted by the Instituto Cervantes, the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM), the University of Salamanca (USAL), and the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), in addition to having the support and collaboration of more than 80 Ibero-American institutions.

SIELE certifies the level of proficiency in the Spanish language through four tests, which are carried out electronically: Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension, Written Expression and Interaction, and Oral Expression and Interaction. It is based on the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) of the Council of Europe.

The SIELE exams are not linked to a PASS/FAIL qualification, but rather their tests produce a result associated with one of the six levels of the CEFR: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, or C2.

 


More information on the DELE diplomas at https://examenes.cervantes.es/es/dele/que-es. (In Spanish)

More information on the DELE diplomas for Young Learners at https://examenes.cervantes.es/es/dele-para-escolares/que-es. (In Spanish)

More information about SIELE certificates at https://examenes.cervantes.es/es/siele/que-es. (In Spanish)