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Level B1

The Diploma in Spanish (DELE) level B1 accredits language users’ capacity to:

  • Understand the gist of clear texts, in standard language, if they involve well-known topics related to work, studies or leisure.
  • Deal with most situations that occur while travelling in areas where Spanish is spoken.
  • Produce simple and coherent texts about familiar topics, or topics of personal interest
  • Describe experiences, events, wishes and hopes, as well as to be able to briefly express opinions or explain plans.

The level B1 examination includes four parts:

Group 1

  • Reading comprehension test (70 min, 5 tasks)
  • Written expression and interaction test (60 min, 2 tasks)

Group 2

  • Listening comprehension test (40 min, 5 tasks)
  • Oral expression and interaction test (15 min + 15 min to prepare)

The final grade is either PASS or FAIL. To obtain a diploma the candidate must get a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the examination, getting at least 30 points out of 50 in each test group.

IMPORTANT: In the written expression test, the candidate must strictly follow instructions about the number of words and the text format.


Sample exams can be found (as a PDF file) by following the link below:

http://diplomas.cervantes.es/en/general-information/level-b1.html