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
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
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.
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
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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