Be careful, it’s not just about knowing two or three words in Spanish in order to declare you have mastered the language!
If you want to show off your language level in Spanish and certify it in order to add it to your resume, several degrees and language tests are available to you!
This article is a summary of all the possible certifications in Spanish, what they imply, and their costs!
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The DELE (Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera) is the first diploma to think about when you want to evaluate your Spanish language level. The DELE has six levels, so six different degrees:
These levels correspond to those defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Why you should pass the DELE:
What does the DELE test consist of?
The DELE composition depends on which level you have chosen to test for, but all levels assess five skills:
For each level except the final level, the exam is divided into two groups for which you must obtain at least 30 points out of 50, or 60 points out of 100, otherwise you will not be declared “fit” and will not pass the DELE.
For A1 to B2 level exams, both groups and tests are the same, only the duration is different:
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For the C1 level, which requires a higher level in Spanish, two categories are assessed during the exam:
The C2 level demands the test-taker to speak spontaneously like a Spanish bilingual. It consists of three tests:
There are also two levels for the DELE for juniors. This test is reserved for young people aged from 11 to 17 years old and allows them to validate their Spanish language skills while stimulating their desire to learn. It consists of four categories:
The advantage of the A2/B1 junior test is that, in one test, it determines the student’s level. This degree is then valid for life internationally.
Remember to prepare yourself by using the annals available on the DELE website and plunging heart and soul into the language: read newspapers, talk to Hispanics and ask them to correct you, watch films in the original version, listen to radio broadcasts, try tutoring in Spanish…
Where should one pass the DELE?
There are many possibilities:
Prices vary between 110 and 200 USD depending on your chosen level and according to the center you have chosen. We thus recommend you get directly in touch with the centers.
Argentina offers a certificate which is internationally acknowledged: CELU, Certificate of SpanishLanguage and Use. CELU is a proficiency test of Spanish as a foreign language. It can be taken by any foreigner whose mother tongue is not Spanish and who wants to prove his or her ability to use Spanish as a second language in working and academic contexts. The CELU examination is officially acknowledged by the Ministry of Education and by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina.
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Any person whose mother language is not Spanish can take this exam. They must be at least 16 years of age and certify a minimum three years of high school education (EGB III according to the current educational system in Argentina, roughly someone who has just passed to the 12th grade in the American system).
Passing the exam fulfills the language requirements for studying or working in Argentina where knowledge of Spanish is a requirement.
Here is a chart from Wikipedia to explain how the test is divided up:
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So–which certification is best? Read our advice to the end in order to decide!
The Business Language Testing Service (BULATS) is a professional certification. It exists in English, French, German and Spanish.
The exam defines your level of Spanish according to the score you have obtained:
The BULATS test lasts 3 hours and is broken up into the following:
Working regularly will help you to prepare properly in order to pass your BULATS! Familiarizing yourself with the topics covered–and mainly professional ones–must also be an integral part of your preparation:
The BULATS test costs 240 USD in total: the written and oral comprehension at 80 USD, the written expression at 80 USD, and oral expression also at 80 USD.
Since BULATS is generally used in the workplace, you can apply for it through your accumulated training hours.
The Foreign Language Proficiency Exam (FLPE) evaluates skills in the areas of listening comprehension, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and grammatical accuracy. There is no credit awarded for this exam. Students can earn up to 2 semesters equivalency at a college level.
The total time limit is 2.5 hours. Although each exam is unique in its contents, most contain listening comprehension, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and grammatical accuracy of the first two semesters of any given language.
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Before you register for a FLPE exam, check with your academic advisor to make sure the FLPE examination you wish to take is appropriate for your needs. For updated information regarding this and all other important FLPE policies, please visit the UCF Undergraduate Catalog section on FLPE.
Arrive 15-minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time. Examinees arriving more than 15-minutes late may not be admitted and will forfeit any costs paid.
You are required to bring two forms of identification. Your IDs cannot be expired and must be in the name in which you are registered to test.
Bring your Test Registration Confirmation sent to your email by RegisterBlast.
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Now that you have all of the information necessary–launch yourself into what you think is best for you!