Why register for a Spanish diploma?
Motivation! If you're serious about learning Spanish, registering for an official Spanish exam is one of the most effective ways to guarantee learning success. If you learn with no goal in mind, you'll be aimless and lack focus. If you get into a boat with no destination and no rudder, who knows where you'll end up? Having a goal to work towards is an incredibly effective way to focus your study and make you more effective at learning Spanish.
It doesn't matter what exam you're taking, our smart learning technology is designed to help students preparing for any Spanish exam. Similarly, you'll get more out of our amazing software if you do register for an exam.
Assuming you think it's a good idea to take a Spanish exam, there are various options to choose from. There are several official Spanish tests and diplomas which are recognised globally but which serve different purposes. The advantages of these over school exams (like British GSCE, A Level or American SAT or ACT exams) is that they are recognised globally (more importantly, recognised in Spain and Spanish America) and they much better reflect the breadth and depth of language proficiency in practical day-to-day usage than do school exams.
In Europe, official tests are based on the CEFR, which defines six levels of proficiency: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 or C2. You can take our CEFR Spanish grammar test to get a rough idea of your level based on your current knowledge of Spanish grammar.
Which Spanish diploma should I register for?
If you just need to demonstrate that your Spanish is adequate for a job, for moving Spanish-speaking country or for going to university, the SIELE is usually sufficient. This is a a single exam that awards a certficate with your graded CEFR level on it. You can't fail; the lowest mark is A1.1 and the maximum is C1 (there is no C2 award). However, be aware that it is valid for only 5 years.
If you are studying Spanish and want to structure your study and stage your journey to Spanish fluency, then the DELE exams are a better option. There's one for each CEFR level and they are pass/fail exams. The best approach is to find out your approximate level and take the DELE at that level, then move up, study and repeat.