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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Valerie Haigh
I enjoyed my week very much but should have joined in more of the social activities! Also I think a week is too short as most other students were there for much longer but that was not possible for me Since returning back to my weekly class on Zoom, I am speaking much better so thank you ! Staff were lovely ....
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Wonderful experience I attended the intensive course for 2 weeks with my girlfriend, it was an amazing experience! The school offers Spanish courses with great teachers and a lot of different activities (every day) to meet people from all over the world and do mucha fiesta!!
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Очень понравилось! Училась 7 недель. Очень домашняя атмосфера и супер приятные люди. Консультировали по любому интересующему туриста вопросу. Проводятся ежедневные мероприятия помимо уроков(включено в стоимость обучения), это и экскурсии, и кино, и караоке, и кулинарные уроки и много чего другого!!! Удобное месторасположение - в самом центре! Обязательно вернусь в эту школу для продолжения изучения испанского. Спасибо, Taronja
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I spent 3 months at the Taronja School and had the best time ever! I started from scratch but the school and its methods taught me Spanish very well. You can make a lot of friends through the activities and experience a lot of culture for a small price. I'd recommend going there for your Spanish studies as well as for the fun.
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I have been to Taronja School for four weeks during June/July and I really enjoyed it. The professors are all young and well prepared. The teaching methodology is very good. The proposed activities were good and permits you to meet people from foreign countries and improve your language skills. I recommend it 🙂
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The best language school ever. And I've been to a few to know.
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Alis F
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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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Eva S
Entering the school through a beautiful massive and decorative door (on a street where you’d love to have your coffee and lunchbreaks), the inside will surprise you even more: an explosion of colours, art and atmosphere. And that’s what the teachers carry out too: such passion and enthusiasm.
But the learning doesn’t stop as soon as class comes to an end.
Taronja organises plenty of very fun, optional activities. In the afternoon, evening and even in the weekends. No chance to get bored here… I’m going to stay longer!
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