Differences between DELE and SIELE

Do you want to formalize your Spanish language skills and obtain a globally recognized qualification? SIELE and DELE are the two official certifications that assess the level of competence and mastery of the Spanish language.

Both certifications are recognized by Instituto Cervantes, which is the institution responsible for promoting the Spanish language and culture abroad.

DELE and SIELE exams comparison.

These qualifications can open many professional and personal opportunities for you, whether you want to enhance your resume, pursue international employment, study at a Spanish university, or establish a residency in Spain. But what are the differences between them? Which one is more suitable for you?

DELE Exam

The DELE (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language) is a qualification issued by the Spanish Ministry of Education. It assesses Spanish language proficiency levels from A1 to C2 through an examination conducted by the Cervantes Institute.

The DELE diploma has indefinite validity, and international recognition within regulated educational systems, and is administered at official examination centres during specific international exam sessions.

Differences between DELE and SIELE 1

SIELE Exam

The SIELE (International Spanish Language Evaluation Service) certificate is a language proficiency accreditation promoted by various entities, including the Cervantes Institute, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the University of Salamanca (USAL), and the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), from different countries.

The SIELE certificate is valid for five years and is widely recognized by professional institutions and universities in Spain and Latin America. It can be taken in-person or online through authorized examination centers.

Key Differences between DELE and SIELE

The main difference between DELE and SIELE is their validity: the DELE diploma recognizes your Spanish language skills indefinitely, while the SIELE certificate is valid for five years.

Moreover, the DELE diploma assesses overall Spanish language proficiency within the CEFR levels (A1-C2), whereas the SIELE certificate provides a score-based evaluation with equivalent levels to CEFR (A1-C1).

Test structure

In terms of the test structure, the components are similar, including Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension, Written Expression and Interaction, and Spoken Expression and Interaction.

However, for the DELE exam, all components are mandatory, whereas for the SIELE exam, you can choose between the « complete » or « partial » format (selecting specific sections).

Regarding proficiency levels, DELE offers six exams for adult learners (A1-C2) and two exams for school-age students (A1-A2/B1).

SIELE has a single exam for adult learners that integrates tasks from A1 to C1.

The scoring system

To obtain the DELE diploma, you need to pass all sections and achieve a passing score corresponding to the level you are examined on.

In the case of the SIELE exam, you receive a level certificate (for the complete exam) or an individual report (for specific sections) based on a thousand-point scale, which correlates to CEFR levels.

In other words, the SIELE exam does not have a pass or fail outcome; instead, you receive a score.

Which one is more suitable for you?

It depends on your personal circumstances.

Both DELE and SIELE are official exams with international recognition, but they have different evaluation methods.

In general, SIELE is considered more flexible and dynamic due to the variety of competencies assessed and the adaptability of each individual learner.

In fact, with SIELE, you can choose the exam date that suits you best and even select which competencies you want to evaluate. DELE exams have specific dates that can be consulted here.

Based on our experience, if you want/need to obtain a quick level certificate to access university, pursue a master’s degree, or identify areas for improvement in your Spanish language skills, we recommend taking the SIELE exam.

We also recommend the SIELE exam if you prefer to gradually assess and achieve a comprehensive level or focus on improving specific language skills that interest you.

Differences between DELE and SIELE 2

DELE and SIELE exams preparation

At Taronja Spanish School, we offer the opportunity to enroll in our private classes (in person or online) specifically designed to prepare for the official DELE and SIELE exams.

We can arrange your SIELE exam with a 48-hour notice. Our school will provide you with detailed explanations and assist you with all technical aspects. Additionally, you can take the SIELE exam online from the comfort of your home.

Feel free to request more information from us without any commitment.

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Julia Zisman
I would like to thank everyone for the experience! I really needed to improve the grammar, and I think this school was the first one where I could really feel some improvement (even though I was there for only two weeks). And they have many nice activities, so, you'll always have interesting options for how to spend your time outside the classroom. Another nice thing about the school is that they change the time of your classes during the high season (which is summer), so, you'll be able to have mornings and evenings free depending on the day. You also get to have classes with different teachers, cause they change every week, and then during one week you'll have two different ones. So, that's good too. Nice school! Definitely worth considering if you are thinking of learning Spanish in Valencia.
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Mezzofanti
5 star rating
Taronja y Valencia - la combinación perfecta para aprender español Los aspectos de Taronja que más me gustan:
- Los profesores creativos, enérgicos y profesionales.
- Un equipo administrativo excelente.
- Un programa social y cultural excepcional.
- Un fuerte sentido de comunidad.
Si buscas una escuela de español que te ofrece instrucción de alta calidad en un entorno eficaz y divertido, deberías pensar en Taronja School. Acabo de cumplir un curso de dos meses y el tiempo ha pasado demasiado rápido. Ha sido una experiencia muy recomendable.
Además de crear un ambiente educativo de alta calidad, Taronja fomenta un sentido de familia que refuerza aún más la experiencia. La comunidad Taronja abraza a los alumnos de todas las edades y todas los niveles de habilidad.
Taronja refleja muchas de las cualidades que me atrajo a Valencia. Es lo suficientemente grande para satisfacer todas las necesidades mientras sigue siendo personal y auténtica. Los profesores y el equipo administrativo son cálidos, abiertos y atentos. Desde mi punto de vista, Taronja y Valencia forman la combinación perfecta para aprender español.
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Hristina Yordanova
Estupenda escuela, amables profesores, muchas actividades y una experiencia de vida fenomenal! I did an intensive course at Taronja last summer and all I can say is it was an amazing, unforgettable experience. Everything is organised very well, relaxed study environment and a certain way to make you love the language even more. Very sociable, amusing and the location is just perfect. Not to mention that Valencia is such a lovely place that since then I have been dreaming of moving there for good. I will definitely do a course there again and I would recommend it to everyone :-)))
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Sarah Bowman
If I can learn Spanish then anyone can! In a space of 6 weeks I went from saying "sin comentarios" in class to speaking short sentences with lovely regular, irregular and reflexive verbs ?. Teachers and administration staff are professional, friendly and supportive. I am going to miss my "chitty chats" with the Reception desk ?
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Guido Balestri
Best language school ever. Try it, you'll never be disappointed.
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Alis F
5 star rating
4 week intensive course I spent 4 weeks at Taronja on their intensive course (20hrs/week with 4hrs of lessons each day). Class times alternated between the morning and afternoon which meant plenty of free time to enjoy the city. The teachers made sure lessons were interesting and varied, and organised lots of different activities during the evenings at which you were encouraged to practice speaking Spanish. I would highly recommend Taronja!
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yacine21
5 star rating
Super école de langue Taronja est une très bonne école, avec de supers professeurs. L'école propose tous les jours des activités, que ce soit des visites de la ville, des repas, des sorties, ou autres.. l'ambiance est parfaite ! 🙂
Les classes sont limitées à un nombre d'élèves (max 10), idéale pour travailler dans de bonnes conditions.
La qualité de l'enseignement est au top !
Pour toutes questions, le secrétariat et les professeurs sont là pour vous aider 🙂
J'y suis rester 3 mois et je reviendrais avec grand plaisir ! 🙂
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Alicia Kaleja
Going there was the best decision ever ! �
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