Which DELE exam should I take?

If this is the firsts time you are preparing for a DELE exam, you might be wondering “What level DELE should I take?”. Indeed, this question is crucial. It will determine not only what exam to take but also how to prepare for it. To help you answer it, here are 3 essential aspects to consider. They will help you decide which dele exam you should take: 

What is your current Spanish level?

This might seem like an obvious question. Yet, at the same, time it’s probably one of the hardest to answer. To help you determine your current level, take a look at the following infographic. 3 simple sentences describe each level: 

If you want further information, you can take a look at the table of competencies according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (PDF).

How much time do you have to prepare?

If you are considering aiming for a higher level than your current one, consider as a rough guide that it takes approximately 200 guided learning hours to progress from one level to the next one.  For example, if you passed the B2 level, you will need approximately 200 hours of lessons and supervised study to prepare for the C1 level.

These ours should be distributed in at least 3 months. This ensures you have time to memorize and practice with all the new information. If you are looking for an online course, check out our DELE exam preparation free tutorials and lessons.

Why do you need the exam?

In many cases, my students take the DELE exam for a specific purpose. For example, some want to obtain the Spanish nationality, study or work abroad.

If your aim is to obtain the Spanish nationality, you will need an A2 level. For university studies and work, B2 is generally the minimum level required.

I hope this post helped you decide which DELE exam to take. Let us know in the comments below if you decided which DELE exam you will take. And follow us on Facebook or Instagram for our latest updates.

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