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Top 3 reasons to take DELE exam

1. Internationally recognized

Because it is an internationally recognized certificate and the only one with the Cervantes Institute seal, which guarantees a high level of completeness and control.

2. Resumé builder

Because the DELE certificate is recognized internationally in study and training centers, making it an essential element on any resumé. This also increases possibilities of getting into universities that require an objectively evaluated level of Spanish and also increases options of finding a job in the Hispanic world.

3. Permanent validity

Because the DELE certificate has permanent validity, it does not ever need to be renewed.

What is DELE?

D.E.L.E. stands for Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (Diplomas of Spanish as a Second Language). The Cervantes Institute issues these certificates and is the only official organization that awards accreditation in the different levels defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

We can group these six levels into three pairs: A1 and A2 are designed for speakers with a basic level of the language; B1 and B2 group together independent speakers with some limitations and finally, C1 and C2 join competent speakers, with C2 reaching near bilingualism.

This certification of communicative capability and/or excellence (depending on the level obtained) requires a certain amount of effort on the part of the candidate: in preparation, study and in the physical participation of the exams. The Cervantes Institute, wishing to help candidates in their test-taking, broadens from time to time the list of cities and organizations that give the DELE exam. On the DELE website and at the don Quijote web site we regularly update all the information you'll need for planning the time and place most suited to your needs for taking the test. Testing usually takes place in May and November, and some locations offer an extra test in August.

To take part in the DELE exam, remember that the deadline to sign up is usually 4 weeks before the date of the exam. Sign up is not complicated: just download the registration form, fill it out and deposit the exam fee in the financial entity as indicated for each location. These exams are given in more than 700 centers and in 100 different countries around the world.

DELE exam preparation

Proper preparation is important for guaranteeing successful exam results. There are some quality materials on the market to help you prepare, but it's important to remember that oral and written expression are skills that must be exercised with the help of a teacher for their improvement. That's why a specific DELE preparation course, such as those offered by don Quijote, is a wonderful way to exponentially increase your chances of passing these exams.

don Quijote offers specific Spanish courses, with a special focus on preparing for different tests that conform to the DELE, and with top quality material and teachers with extensive experience in DELE preparation. At don Quijote you'll find information on courses, dates and places to prepare for it not only in Spain, but also in Latin America.

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