2DayLanguages gives you some tips on how to pass a DELE B1 exam

After giving you general information about DELE (Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language) in our last article “2DayLanguages talks about diplomas of Spanish as a second language DELE” now we want to give you some piece of advice on how to pass the exam. There are six types of DELE exams, depending on the level: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. Each of them has different structure and specific requirements. In this article we have decided to concentrate only on the exam level B1 (intermediate level) and to give you some useful information which will help you pass the exam.

First of all, make sure you know your Spanish level or consult your teacher because you want to be sure you apply for Spanish level that is most suitable for you. According to Instituto Cervantes you are ready for the exam level B1 if you are able to:

Comprehend key points of clear and basic texts in a standard language that talks about common matters.

Cope with most of the situations that might occur during a trip to a country where the language is used.

Produce simple and coherent texts that deal with themes that the student is familiar with or has a personal interest in them.

Describe ones experiences, events, desires and aspirations justifying or explaining his or her opinions and plans.

Second of all, sign up for DELE exam in its official webpage and have all the required documents with you on exam day.

-Third of all, get familiar with the exam structure and the requirements of each task. For that, the best thing to do is go to one of the institutions that organize exam preparation courses, like 2DayLanguages does, and realize a DELE preparation course.

DELE exam is divided into two groups. In the first group you will have parts 1 and 2: the part 1 is reading comprehension and part 2 is listening comprehension. The second group consists of parts 3 and 4. The 3rd one is the written paper and the part 4 is the oral exam. To pass an exam you have to get 30 points from each of the groups.

-Part 1 consists of five tasks. You will have to relate various texts, answer to comprehension questions about reading or complete the blanks with missing fragments or grammar structures.

-Part 2, the listening comprehension also consists of 5 tasks. You will hear different instructions and you will have to do what they requere. Please keep in mind that in this task you will deal with linguistic varieties like Spanish from Mexico or Argentina. A good piece of advice is to listen to Latin American and Spanish music or watch movies in Spanish.

In part 3 you only have two tasks. Remember that you will have to use opinion verbs using subjunctive or indicative (me parece bien que + subjuntivo, creo que + indicativo…) and past tenses. It’s important you write down everything that is required.

-The part 4, the oral exam has 4 tasks. In this part you will be examined by 2 teachers. You will have 15 minutes to prepare for the tasks 1 and 2. You will start by a mini talk. After that you will make a presentation about your chosen theme and you will have to answer some of the questions about it from your interviewer. The best thing for you would be to choose a topic that you are most familiar with, where you could use more vocabulary. In the next step you will have to describe some pictures (remember to use past tenses and probability signs with subjunctive or indicative tenses). Finally, you will participate in a role play with your interviewer discussing an everyday situation.

If you have any other doubts about the DELE exam you can always consult the ofrficial webpage of Instituto Cervantes or 2DayLanguages; we will be more than happy to help you. After all, the most important thing passing an exam is to have a good preparation and to keep calm since most of the students who applies for it, passes the exam. Lots of luck!

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