Siele: The first international certificate of Spanish is born

8 Jul 2015

sieleWhat is the Siele exam?

This is the only international exam that is able to certify your level of fluency in Spanish.

Literally: International Assessment Service of the Spanish Language (Siele – Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española).

What is the purpose?

There are around 550 million Spanish speakers in the world (this includes more than 21 million of students who learn Spanish as a second language), yet there has been no  internationally recognised examination to certify proficiency in the language.

That is why, SIELE has been created to enable to determine a student’s Spanish skills, and can be administered practically in any point of the planet.

It is a fruit of a collaboration of the Cervantes Institute and the National Autonomous University of Mexico. It is expected that 600 Latin American universities and ministries of education of Spanish speaking countries will join this project.

Regional Differences

According to the Instituto Cervantes, the Siele “will pay special attention to the distinct linguistic varieties of Spanish. The reading texts and listening material will include different regional varieties/accents of Spanish while the written and oral parts of the exam will accept all Hispanic norms.” By doing so, it hopes to become a globally recognized language certificate.


What is the difference between DELE and Siele?

To get a quick understanding, we could compare DELE  to the examination of Cambridge in English or DELF/DALF in French. Siele in turn, could be compared to  IELTS or TOEFL. Above we present the answers for most relevant questions for both DELE and Siele.

How will be Siele exam?

The exam will have 4 tests:

Lectura (Reading)

Comprensión auditiva (Listening)

Expresión e interacción escritas (Writing)

Expresión e interacción orales (Speaking)

The entire Siele exam includes the 4 parts though each part can also be taken separately.

There will be no pass or fail score. Each candidate will receive a score from 0 to 1000 which will also coincide with score from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Results will be given in a maximum of three weeks.


What levels there will be?

This is a test for adult audience from level A1 to C1. DELE exam has 6 levels (A1 – C2 level).

What is the validity?

Siele will be valid for two years. The current DELE has no expiration date.

Is Siele an official exam?

Not yet. But it is expected to be so in the next academic year 2015/2016.

Will DELE disappear? Siele or DELE?

No. DELE will maintain its full validity, recognition and usefulness. The Siele is to complement DELE; especially to students who wish to certify their knowledge of Spanish with different needs.

Both exams will coexist and it is not expected that Siele will replace DELE.

We are keen to get more details on this great project as there are still many unanswered questions.. we will keep you informed!