DELE Exam: A1 Level

Today we start a weekly review of the different DELE exams available.
You can also check Instituto Cervantes’ website. On it, you can find all the information you need about these exams including dates, exam centres or how to register.
We are going to summarise the most important aspects of the exam and its characteristics to help any student who wants to get a DELE certificate.
Today, we are going to have a look at the A1 level.

Which are the characteristics of the exam?

It is divided into 4 different tests.
The reading test has 4 tasks with 25 items in total (distributed as follows: 5-6-6-8) and the duration is of 45 minutes. It includes authentic texts adapted to the level and their total extension is between 595 and 925 words.
The listening test also has 4 tasks with 25 items (5-5-8-7). In this case, the test takes 25 minutes. Each recording is played twice and the student has time before and after each recording to read the questions and answer them. The texts simulate real language and their total extension is between 505 and 735 words.
The writing test has 2 tasks to be done in 25 minutes. The students has to write different texts with a total extension of 45 to 65 words. Both tasks have the same value. They are corrected separately and the final mark is the mean of both of them. The first task is a questionnaire. In the second task, the student has to write a letter, an email or a message.
The speaking test has 3 tasks: 2 of them focus on expression and the third one on interaction. This test lasts for about 10 minutes and the students has another 10 minutes to prepare for it before it starts.

Getting prepared for the exam

There are many manuals about DELE exams. We recommend practising the following strategies for each test.
For the speaking test, it is important to know vocabulary about nationalities, greetings, age, hobbies or work. You should also know how to use the verbs “ser” and “estar”, and use the verbs “gustar” and “tener”.
It is also important to know that the answers to the questions are usually in order in the listening or reading text.
During the listening and the reading tests, it is very useful to pay attention to the linkers used and to read twice the reading text. 

Mock exams & real examples

Here you have some A1 mock exams and real examples we use to work with our students. Now you can also get ready and practice:


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