What is the SIELE exam and why should I (not) take it?

What is the SIELE exam exactly?

The International Spanish Language Evaluation Service (SIELE) is a Spanish test and certification created by the Cervantes Institute , the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the University of Salamanca.

The SIELE is a proficiency exam that certifies Spanish various language competency levels. It works with a point system equivalent to the levels according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR): A1, A2, B1, B2, and C1.

A large number of Spanish universities require their students to have an official certificate of Spanish in order to obtain their undergraduate diploma and/or to access a master’s/postgraduate program.

The SIELE exams are comprised of 4 specific tests that cover all areas of the Spanish language:
1. Reading comprehension
2. Listening comprehension
3. Written expression and Interaction
4. Spoken expression and Interaction

Depending on the reasons you might have to need an officially recognized Spanish exam, you have five typea of SIELE exam to choose from:
S1: Reading and Listening (areas 1&2)
S2: Reading and Written (areas 1&3)
S3: Listening and Spoken (areas 2&4)
S4: Spoken (area 4)
SIELE GLOBAL (all areas 1, 2, 3 & 4)

Find more information in the SIELE guide (PDF) or on the official SIELE website.

At Linguaschools, we offer SIELE exam preparation courses in Barcelona and Granada. If you’re fully prepared, find here the available timetables to take the SIELE exam in Barcelona or in Granada.

Why should I (not) take it?

Spanish is the official language in 20 countries and with more than 400 million native speakers, it’s the second most spoken language in the world. That’s why learning Spanish is an excellent investment for both your professional and personal life.

SIELE Diplomas are internationally recognized, among other things to access University in Spain, and are valid for 5 years so they are one of the best ways to certify your level of Spanish if you want to work or study in Spain.

Do you want to know more about international exams? Check out the DELE Diploma or other examinations that we offer at Linguaschools.

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