DELE A2 | Best books to help you prepare

If you are trying to prepare the DELE A2 exam, I’m sure you’ve come across some specific textbooks that can help you prepare. However, can you really tell the difference among them?

Today I’d like to share with you 3 books that will help you get ready for DELE A2.

In this review, I’ve selected the books that will help you most according to the type of student you are.

Once you find the approach that works for you, you can also find more details about each book. I have included the book’s structure, content and its’ weak points. Moreover, you will find a link so that you can check them out yourself.

I don’t get any payment from these sites, so it’s purely based on my experience as a DELE A2 teacher and examiner.

1- A complete review

Soria, María Pilar; Sánchez, Daniel (2011) Las claves del nuevo DELE A2. Difusión

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If you want to make sure you get all the vocabulary and grammar in context needed for the exam, this book was made for you. It covers the main topics of DELE (describing people, talking about the past, agreeing on plans…) in 5 different units. They include grammar, vocabulary, texts, audios and everything you need to get ready for the exam.

PROS: It has a modern approach and helps you prepare for the exam while improving your over all Spanish skills. The grammar boxes on the side of each page stress the most important grammar points, which are then explained at the end of each unit. It incorporates tips and tricks for the exam.
CONS: You might find the last part of each section to be slightly complicated to follow if you are not yet comfortable with Spanish, as the exam tips and tricks are written in Spanish.

2- Topic by topic

García-Viñó, Mónica (2010) Preparación al Diploma de Español Nivel A2. Edelsa

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If you prefer to focus on each one of the topics while practicing with mock exams, this is your book. It offers 6 mock exams according to 6 main topics (people, shopping, health, studies, work and holidays). Moreover, each one of the sections has a set of tasks that have been created according  to the official DELE exam question types (ABC, matching, open answer…), so you will get used to them while improving specific elements you will need to complete each section of the exam.

PROS:  The book includes a vocabulary sheet at the beginning of each lesson which can help you spot the key words you have to learn.
CONS:  It can be rough to study on your own as no grammar explanations are given.

3- Mock exams

Tudela, Nitzia y Puertas, Ernesto (2011) ¡Dale al DELE! A2. En CLAVE ELE


If you have already studied Spanish before but would like to find out about the DELE A2 exam format, try this book! It offers 4 sections focused on each of the skills (Reading, listening, writing and speaking) plus 6 mock exams. Just as the previous book, each of the sections has a set of tasks created according to the official DELE exam question types (ABC, matching, open answer…) and there are over 200 pages to practice!

PROS: You will have plenty of practice as it is a very extensive practice book (224 pages).
CONS: There are few tips on how to approach the exam and the content you have to learn, so it’s mainly for those student’s who already have an A2 level and want to specifically train for the test.

What about you? Have you prepared for DELE A2? Which textbooks did you use? What did you think about them? Let us know in the comments below! 

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