DELE EXAM: A2/B1 for scholars

Let’s finish our analysis of the different DELE exams with a particular example as it is the only one the combines two levels: A2/B1 for scholars.

As mentioned before, among the different DELE exams, there is a special category oriented to students between 11 and 17 years old. Apart from this combination of levels, you can also get A1 for scholars.

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.

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: 6-6-6-7) and the duration is of 50 minutes. It includes authentic texts adapted to the level and their total extension is between 1260 and 1600 words.

The listening test also has 4 tasks with 25 items (7-6-6-6). In this case, the test takes 30 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 1360 and 1740 words.

The writing test has 2 tasks to be done in 50 minutes, one focuses on expression and the other one on interaction. The total extension of the texts should be between 170 and 200 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 writing a letter, and email, a message in a forum or a blog entry. This task can be based on description or narration. The second tasks consists of a composition in which the student has to give an opinion or information about a given topic. 

The speaking test has 4 tasks: 2 of them focus on expression and 2 on interaction. This test lasts for about 12 minutes and the student has another 12 minutes to prepare for the tasks 1 and 3. During the first task, the student has to choose between two pictures and he or she needs to prepare a monologue about it. Afterwards, task 2 is a brief conversation about the same picture.  For the third task, the student needs to choose between two topics and prepare a monologue. Again, the fourth task is a conversation about the topic chosen in task 3.

Getting prepared for the exam.

A key issue is to manage your time. If you have extra time after finishing a listening task, read the questions and the answers for the next one. 
It is also important to know that the answers to the questions are usually in order in the listening or reading text.

For the writing test, it is important to manage your time and remember that you have 50 minutes to complete both tasks. We recommend having some minutes at the end to review both before handing in.

For the tests that focus on comprehension (listening and reading), it is very useful to pay attention to the linkers used and reading twice the written text.

For the oral test, it is a good idea to memorise some basic expressions. Try not to use monosyllables, you should explain your answers.

Exams: real examples.

Here you have some A2/B1 (for scholars) real examples we use to work with our students. Now you can also get ready and practice:


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