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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Alessandro Schuler Avatar
Alessandro Schuler
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Sehr positive Erfahrungen!
Ich habe die Spanisch-Sprachschule Taronja in Valencia 2018 für 4 Wochen und dann erneut 2019 für 3 Wochen besucht. Mein Eindruck ist absolut positiv und ich kann jedem meiner Freunde nur dazu raten, solltet ihr euch für eine kleine Sprachreise in Spanien interessieren.
Die Kurse bei Taronja sind inhaltlich super organisiert und der Lernfortschritt ist durch die recht kleinen Gruppengrößen (ca. 5 Personen plus/minus) immens. Sämtliches Lehrmaterial wird bereitgestellt. Alle Lehrer sind sehr kompetent, freundlich und engagiert. Die Unterrichtseinheiten sind zu 99,5% in spanisch.
Neben der klassischen Unterrichtsform wird auch mit Hilfe von Spielen gelehrt. Wir haben je Woche musiziert, gesungen, getanzt und gekocht. Die eingesetzten Medien (Youtube, Apps, Whiteboards, ...) sind sehr neumodisch. Wünsche oder Ideen der Schüler wurden aufgeschnappt und der Unterricht dementsprechend individuell angepasst.
Neben den eigentlichen Kursen bietet Taronja eine Vielzahl an zusätzlichen sozialen Aktivitäten am Abend an. Man hat wirklich das Gefühl in die spanische Kultur integriert zu werden.
Valencia hat als Stadt einiges zu bieten und es herrscht ein sehr angenehmes maritimes Klima.
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Very positive experience!
I visited the spanish language school Taronja in Valencia for 4 weeks in 2018 and for 3 weeks in 2019. My impression is absolutely positive and therefore I‘d like to encourage all of my friends in case you are interested in attending a language school in Spain.
The courses at Taronja are super organized and you can learn in a fast pace due to the small groups (around 5 students per class). All the learning material is provided by Taronja. All the teachers are very competent, friendly and motivated. Nearly 99,5% of the lessons are Spanish.
Besides the traditional style of classes, you also learn by playing games. Every week we plyed music, we danced, we sang and we cooked. They used innovative media (youtube, applications, whiteboards, ...). Student‘s wishes or ideas were considered and the lessons were adjusted accordingly.
In addition to the official lessons, Taronja offers a lot of social activities during the afternoon and evening. Thus you have the impression you become easily integrated to the Spanish culture.
Valencia as a town is very interesting and offers a lot of possibilities, combined with a maritime climate.
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¡Experiencias muy positivas!
Tuve clases de español en la escuela Taronja en Valencia durante 4 semanas en el 2018 y 3 semanas en el 2019. Mi impresión es absolutamente positiva y solo puedo aconsejar a cada uno de mis amigos si estás interesado en un pequeño viaje de idiomas en España.
Los cursos en Taronja son súper organizados. El progreso del aprendizaje es inmenso debido a los tamaños de grupos bastante pequeños (aproximadamente 5 personas más o menos). Se proporciona todo el material didáctico. Todos los profesores son muy competentes y además son muy amigables y motivados. 99,5% de las clases son en español.
Además de la forma de enseñanza clásica, también se enseña mediante juegos. Tocábamos música, cantábamos, bailábamos y cocinábamos cada semana. Los medios utilizados (youtube, aplicaciones, la pizarra técnica,...) son de última tecnología. También los profesores recogían los deseos o ideas de los estudiantes y adaptaban las clases en consecuencia.
Además de los cursos teóricos, Taronja ofrece una variedad de actividades sociales adicionales por la tarde / noche. Realmente tienes la sensación de estar integrado en la cultura española.
Valencia tiene mucho que ofrecer como ciudad y hay un clima marítimo muy agradable.
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Thomas K
5 star rating
Ein wirklich sehr lustiger und lehrreicher Sprachaufenthalt in Valencia - un viaje inolvidable 🙂 Ich war letztes Jahr insgesamt zehn Wochen in Valencia und acht davon verbrachte ich in der Sprachschule Taronja. Dies war meine vierte Sprachreise, jedoch die erste in Valencia, deshalb kann ich auch behaupten, dass diese eine der besten Sprachschulen ist, die man finden kann. Sie ist nicht nur, meines Erachtens, günstig sondern auch wirklich strukturiert aufgebaut. Die Besucher dieser Schule waren sehr international und man konnte sich kulturell sehr gut austauschen, da man nicht nur in der Schule zusammen war sondern auch in der Freizeit. Die Schule hat diverse Veranstaltung, bei denen alle recht herzlich eingeladen sind, allem Voran die Paella-Dienstage, da wird nämlich bei lässiger Location gratis Paella angeboten und man lernt spielerisch neue Leute kennen. Mit einigen bin ich noch immer befreundet bzw. man hört und sieht sich via WhatsApp.
Da ich weiter dranbleiben werde, Spanisch zu lernen, ist es für mich sofort klar gewesen, dass ich heuer wieder die Taronja besuchen werde. Vielleicht treffe ich ja heuer sogar einen, der meine Bewertung gelesen hat in Valencia - würde mich freuen 🙂
Ich hoffe, ich konnte euch mit meiner Bewertung helfen und dass ihr auch so eine geile Zeit, wie ich sie hatte, in Valencia verbringen könnt.
P.s.: Für alle die die la tomatina (Das Tomatenfest, wo man sich einfach aus Spaß mit Tomaten bewirft) nur aus dem Fernseher kennt, habt ihr auch hier die Möglichkeit Ende August dabei zu sein, denn die Schule organisiert Bus und Verpflegung 🙂
Hasta luego :)))))
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Marilyn Drews
As a retired teacher (university) I was very impressed with the techniques used by the instructors. The classes are engaging; the teachers are motivating and supportive. I enjoyed the diversity of students in the classroom ( countries and ages). At the beginning of each week learning outcomes are presented. Then each class starts with a review of the days learning outcomes and ends with a recap of achievements-- theory, activities, and new words. Each class offers ample opportunities to practice new skills with a wide range of activities. Everyone has numerous chances to speak in every class with carefully crafted activities that are inclusive and fun. The small group size adds to the comfort for those of us who are intimidated with learning new skills.
Classes are pitched at each student's level based on a written assessment. However, during the morning of the first class each person can assess how comfortable they are with the material. They can then move to a higher or lower level class that will more closely meet their personal learning needs.
The school also offers a wide range of activities which further engages learners with more ways to practice language skills as well as to learn about the culture of Spain. I will do another post about my decision to study in Valencia
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petersQ3664BU
5 star rating
Great experience! Great classes, great way to learn new cultures and new people. Just an amazing experience! I highly recommend it to everyone!
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Moh Ammed Avatar
Moh Ammed
The best language school you will ever found!
It's no just a random language school, it's a family!
Taronja is the place to be! ♡
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Elizabeth Watson Avatar
Elizabeth Watson
Profesores Excepcionales y instrucción único. ¡Voy a volver!
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Christian Stürck
The best school experience i ever had! Everybody was friendly, the classes were a lot of fun and the learning curve was incredible. The social activities were super fun (friends of mine stayed at another school and they were always jealous) and very good to get to know all other students, Valencia and Spanish traditions. Paella fiesta every Tuesday is one of the best! ¡Me voy a Volver!
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وسام عبد الصمد
The best language school ever. And I've been to a few to know.
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