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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
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
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
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: