To have your Spanish level credited, students can choose to do a globally recognised Spanish exam called SIELE. SIELE is known as the Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española, which stands for the International Service of Evaluation of the Spanish Language. Similar to DELE, SIELE is an Instituto Cervantes certified exam service that follows the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), so in other words, it is an internationally recognised Spanish examination approved by the Spanish officials. Simply book a session on the SIELE website (https://siele.org/reservas?).
SIELE vs. DELE
The true difference between DELE and SIELE is how they operate their examinations. DELE is the traditional type, written exam with pencil and papers while SIELE is the modern type with everything conducted through computer and Internet. You can choose your very own exam date and session that is convenient for you for the SIELE exam. On the other hand, DELE offers 3 exam dates and fixed times every year. What's more, the SIELE exam certifies and indicates your right Spanish level rather than accessing a specific chosen level.
Supported and promoted by various top universities in the Spanish-speaking territories, SIELE provides a comprehensive exam, covering all four reading, writing, listening and speaking areas, to assess the candidate’s Spanish capability and grade them according to the CEFR. An official certificate will be issued if the performance of the candidate is evaluated to be level A1 or above and the corresponding CEFR score will be displayed. Candidate can opt to take one of the five modules as follows.
The SIELE Global covers all reading, writing, listening and speaking areas. Highest score possible is 1000 points, equally distributed to all 4 areas. Total time allowed is 3 hours.
Independent Module 1 (S1):
It covers Reading Comprehension and Listening Comprehension. Highest score possible is 500 points, equally distributed to all 2 areas. Total time allowed is 115 minutes. Good for students with strong comprehension skills.
Independent Module 3 (S3):
It covers Listening Comprehension and Speaking Expression and Interaction. Highest score possible is 500 points, equally distributed to all 2 areas. Total time allowed is 70 minutes. Good for people whose Spanish is a business requirement and plan is to go to hispanophonic cities.
Independent Module 2 (S2):
It covers Reading Comprehension and Writing Expression and Interaction. Highest score possible is 500 points, equally distributed to all 2 areas. Total time allowed is 110 minutes. Good for more quiet or introverted students.
Independent Module 4 (S4):
It solo covers Speaking Expression and Interaction with highest score 250. The exam lasts for 15 minutes and your recording will be graded by the SIELE scorer. Good for those who are staying in HK with a lot of Hispanic friends.
How will you be graded?
The score you obtained for each test correspond to the CEFR’s level, with regard to the following table:
How to register for the SIELE and DELE
Simply go to the SIELE website for China and Hong Kong (http://www.siele.org.cn/) and book a session available there.
To know more about the DELE registration process you will find all the steps and information on the dates in the following link of City University of Hong Kong https://www.cityu.edu.hk/lac/spanish/dele/dele_diplomas.html