The Diplomas de EspaƱol como Lengua Extranjera (DELE) are official certificates of Spanish language competence awarded by the Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education. The examinations leading to the award of these certificates are offered at six levels of difficulty (A1/ A2/ B1/ B2/ C1/ C2).

Further information on DELE can be found in the current brochure

Exam dates

DELE exam April 2017
07 April 2017 (A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1)
Registration deadline: 15 February 2017

DELE exam May 2017
12 May 2017 (for students, 12 - 17 years: A1 and A2/B1)
13 May 2017 (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2)
Registration deadline: 29 March 2017

DELE exam July 2017
15 July 2017 (A2, B1, B2 and C1)
Registration deadline:24 May 2017

DELE exam November 2017
24 November 2017 (for students, 12 - 17 years: A1 and A2/B1)
Registration deadline: 11 October 2017

For registration and further information please contact:

Current information (in German) is to be found on the webside of the Instituto Cervantes.


Detailed information on exam dates, eligibility, levels, registration, preparation and a description of the DELE exams is available in German on the website of the Instituto Cervantes Bremen.

The London website of the Instituto Cervantes contains useful information in English.



DELE preparation

The Instituto Cervantes has teamed up with the FZHB to offer special exam preparation courses for students. Further information is available from the FZHB or Instituto Cervantes.

Past exam papers for the different levels are available in the libraries of the Instituto Cervantes and also on the following websites:

  • Sample questions in pdf format, solutions at the end
  • Interactive exam with evaluation (choose the level you require)
  • exams in pdf format with solutions, tips for preparing for the exam (click 'Sprachzertifikate', 'Vorbereitung' on the left)