Many people consider taking the DELE exam to find out their level of language proficiency once they have a certain command of the Spanish language. But how do you prepare for the DELE exam? Here, we tell you all about it so that you can find out!
Choose the DELE level you want to take
This is a basic requirement in order to prepare well for the exam. The DELE diploma allows certification at any level of the Common European Framework (from A1 to C2), but the student must choose the level they want to take when registering for the exam. Although, in general terms, the structure of the DELE exam is similar, the test for each level has specific characteristics; therefore, preparing for the DELE A2 is not the same as preparing for the DELE B1.
To do this, students are often advised to take the DELE exam at the level they have already completed. But what if you have doubts about your level? In that case, you can take our test to find out what your level of Spanish is.
Familiarise yourself with the DELE exam
Once you have decided which level you want to take, it is very important that you familiarise yourself with the format of the DELE exam. To do this, we suggest that you practice with some of the DELE exam papers from previous years. In this way, you will not only become familiar with the structure of the test, but you will also learn how to manage the time you have to dedicate to each of the questions.
The DELE exam consists of 4 tests, whatever the level, them being: reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written expression and interaction, and oral expression and interaction.
At the Instituto Cervantes you can find several sample exam papers for all levels. You can access them directly from here.
Prepare yourself with a DELE examiner
It is always advisable to prepare for the DELE B1 exam with a qualified Spanish teacher who is an official DELE examiner. A professional will help you to pay attention to your weaknesses and correct them. Therefore, it is important that you are helped when it comes to identifying points in the DELE exam where you need extra reinforcement to try to improve your chances of passing..
With your examiner teacher, you will learn tips and techniques to pass all the tests in the exam, as well as how the examiners will assess you.
Use whatever teaching resources you have at your disposal
- Get your hands on some Spanish apps – you can learn Spanish on the go! Using the best Spanish apps, you’ll learn the language in a fun and convenient way.
- Make sure you watch movies and TV in Spanish. Do you use Netflix? There are many interesting films and documentaries Spanish films are a great opportunity to hear the words and phrases you have learned in class used in a new context, which will help you improve your language skills. This way, you can expand your vocabulary while learning to use it in practical contexts.
- Do you like reading books? Learning a language requires a lot of reading. It encourages original thinking and encourages interpretation. As well as looking at vocabulary, you will also examine the context of words and how they are used to build a sentence.
Immerse yourself in the Spanish language and culture
The DELE exam is proof that you speak Spanish at a certain level. However, passing this type of exam is really difficult if you don’t have a basic knowledge of Spanish culture. One of the best ways to get in touch with Spanish culture is to do a language immersion programme in Spain, as you will not only learn or improve your Spanish, but you will also get to know Spanish culture first hand.
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