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A few weeks ago, the Instituto Cervantes launched their new portal for the official examinations. This means great progress for the organisation of all the exams – DELE, CCSE and SIELE. The graphics on the new webpage have changed and all the information regarding the exams can now be found on one page.
People interested in consulting general information on the Instituto Cervantes’ exams can now do so on the new portal examenes.cervantes.es. They will also be able to see their marks for the DELE and CCSE exams, manage their requests for marks to be reviewed and sign up to sit the DELE exams in Spain.
For the school exams A1 and A2/ B1, enrolment will still take place in the school where the exam is to be taken. The new portal also offers information for schools interested in becoming an exam centre and for Spanish as a Foreign Language teachers interested in becoming accredited examiners.
As you can see, for the first time in the history of the Instituto Cervantes, information and management of various services can be found altogether in one space. It must be remembered that the incorporation of these services into internet means that users need to register beforehand. From November, candidates wishing to access the results of their DELE exams should do so using their email address.
More information at examenes.cervantes.es.
A few months ago it became officially possible for anyone of any nationality to try for any level of the DELE diploma, anywhere in the world with a recognized DELE exam centre.
Last November the subjective scope of the DELE which is regulated in the Real Decreto 1004/2015 of 6th November was widened and now reads , “The diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) can be obtained by those candidates who pass the tests of the established exams.”
This modifies Article 2 (“Subjective scope”) of the Royal Decree 1137/2002, 31st October, which regulates the DELE diplomas.
It needs to be remembered that these changes have important consequences on an administrative level:
- The sworn statement E/L2 disappears since nationals of countries where Spanish is the official language are now eligible, if they so wish, to take any level of the DELE examination.
- The conditions and requirements for enrolment will need to be changed on all documents where they are mentioned: webpages, blogs, social networks, enrolment forms, publicity etc.
We are sure that the widening of the scope of the DELE will be well received by people taking the exam and that it will enable this evaluation system to reach a much wider public.
Changes in the process for obtaining Spanish citizenship have meant that the institutions involved have had to make changes to their procedures. The Instituto Cervantes has, therefore, added the 19th February 2016 as an extra date for the DELE exams.
The exam will be organised separately from the CCSE (Spanish Constitutional and Socio-cultural Knowledge) tests, but information is available on the CCSE portal. It should be pointed out that this date is only for level A2.
The exam will only be available to people over the age of 18 and only in Spain. Enrolment dates are from the 12th January to the 1st February.
People interested in sitting the exam on this date should fill out the enrolment form on the DELE section of the CCSE webpage, although there is no obligation to enrol for the CCSE test. Questions arising from this process will be channelled through the DELE section of the Instituto Cervantes webpage.
Source of information: Instituto Cervantes.
The Instituto Cervantes, organisers of the DELE exams, have issued an official notice stating that in the first half of this year more than 35,000 people have taken the official test of proficiency in Spanish.
The figures show a considerable increase over last year and are evident in exams of all levels, but most particularly in the enrolments for the school diploma.
The Instituto Cervantes is quoted as saying, “The DELE mantains its validity, usefulness and recognition as the key Spanish diploma. A sharp increase in demand is expected given that an A2 level (or higher) will be a requirement for obtaining Spanish nationality both for Sephardic Jews from Spain (according to the law passed in June) and for non-Spanish speaking immigrants resident in Spain”.
The Instituto Cervantes expects to continue with the current five dates for taking the exam in 2016, but will also be adding other dates in response to the increasing demand, which will become more apparent when the DELE becomes a requirement for application for Spanish nationality.
All this information shows that the DELE has become an international reference point for the promoting of Spanish as a Foreign Language and for the recognition of Spanish as a communication tool in both professional and academic circles.
DELE diplomas are valid indefinitely, are internationally recognised and form an integral part of education in many countries. All information on Spanish diplomas is available at diplomas.cervantes.es.