Why should you take the DELE exam? What is it? Here we give you some more info on this certificate and why it could be important for you…
What exactly is the DELE exam?
The DELE is short for Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera and it’s considered the official diploma issued by the Spanish Ministry of Education, which accredits your exact level when it comes to your proficiency in the Spanish language. But why is this important?
Why do you need it?
It is an internationally recognized measure of the Spanish language. So, it can be very useful if you are looking for a job in a Spanish speaking country, or a job in another country where you will need Spanish communication skills. Future employers can use your DELE certification as a way of measuring you against other candidates and clarifying your language level for them.
Also, if you’re planning on furthering your education in Spain, the DELE is a great certificate to have so the university can determine whether or not you have the right language level for their course.
Or, if you just want to have a measure of your Spanish level, it will surely help to boost your CV and open doors for your future, what with Spanish being the fourth most spoken language in the world!
How to prepare for the exam?
The exam has a specific structure and specific exercises for each skill. So before you take the exam, it is vital to:
1. Get familiar with the structure of the test e.g. how long you have for each section of the test, the type of exercises you’ll be facing and what type of concepts they will expect you to know
2. Take classes with a native teacher or practice the speaking part of the test with a native friend, so you can get used to the rhythm of the conversation and on test day, you’ll feel much more comfortable in this situation!
3. Watch films to practice your listening abilities. Most importantly, listen to different Spanish accents because in the test, there won’t just be speakers from mainland Spain!
4. Read books, magazines and articles on a variety of topics to get sued to reading and improving your comprehension skills!
5. Lastly, practice your writing! This is the part that can sometimes be forgotten but is still very important. Maybe write a journal or just a summary of the day and ask a native teacher or friend to check over it for you, to make sure you’re not continually committing the same errors.
If you would like to take a Private or Group course specifically designed to prepare you for the DELE exam, check out the Euroace DELE Preparation Courses here.