DELE, OPI, D.I.E., CCSE…what?! – This Guide will Negotiate You through the Jungle of Options when It Comes to Spanish Certifications.

A free Spanish level test or an official Spanish degree? Online? Offline? Modular? Evaluate your skills in Spanish by choosing the Spanish certification that is just right for you.

So let’s get started!

You want to test your Spanish skills or get certified in Spanish: Where to begin when it comes to Spanish proficiency tests, placement tests and Spanish certificates?!

Keep calm! We will help you get organized!

What to Consider while Looking for the Right Spanish Proficiency Test?

No matter what your goal is, there is a matching Spanish proficiency test for you!

For a basic Spanish quiz online there are lots of quick and free options available.

To earn an official and valued Spanish language certification you will have to invest some time and money. So it is really important to pick the right one!

You may not want to depend on certain locations or dates, when taking your Spanish proficiency test, and would rather take an online exam. Living in a digital world, there are options to complete a placement test online.

Most of the Spanish language certifications have in common that they consist of different sections. Usually you will have to prepare for reading, writing, listening and speaking. It may make sense for you to take the parts separately. To prove your level of Spanish fluency, for example. This is possible with language tests which are modular. Regardless of how many sections you take, you can get the results of your knowledge in Spanish separately on each one.

To evaluate your language skills, most Spanish exams will rank your results according to the CEFR standards.

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ranks your ability to communicate in a foreign language in several levels. The broad levels “Basic User”, “Independent User” and “Proficient User” can be further divided into the levels A1 to C2.

Spanish Language Levels

The Spanish proficiency levels are defined through ‘can-do’ descriptors. You can check them here, using the self-assessment grid. It is provided by the Council of Europe.

Test Your Spanish Language Level with a Quick & Free Spanish Quiz

In case all you want to do is a quick vocab or Spanish grammar check to evaluate your level in Spanish, there are lots of free options to do so online.

Quick Spanish Vocabulary Test by Lingq

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LingQ provides a fun version of a Spanish vocabulary test to estimate the amount of words you know in Spanish.
Take the vocabulary test.

Several free Spanish level tests will quickly help you to estimate your level in Spanish online, according to the common CEFR levels.
Due to the mass of options, our teachers evaluated two basic Spanish level tests for you, which are online and free.

Free Placement Test by Lengalia

Lengalia Spanish Level Test

The lengalia placement test will let you start right away and test your skills in Spanish according to the CEFR language levels.

If you pass the section representing the Spanish level A1 the system will allow you to go on with the following one (A2) and so on.

Take the test.

Advanced Free Placement Test by Instituto Cervantes

To take a more reliable placement test online, you register with your email address. The Instituto Cervantes then provides a more detailed, free Spanish test online-version.

What is the Instituto Cervantes? Find out here.

It consists of Spanish grammar questions and basic understanding of short Spanish texts.

Take the test.

The Most Recognized Spanish Degrees on the Globe



DELE stands for Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (Diplomas of Spanish as Foreign Language) and it is a worldwide recognized title of Spanish proficiency. It is provided by the Instituto Cervantes, which assures its value as an official Spanish proficiency test.

The DELE exam differs from other Spanish certificates. Before you take it, you decide on a CEFR level which you want to certify. Once you successfully completed the DELE certification is valid for a life.

The diploma does not have any restrictions when it comes to nationality or age. In case you are under 16 you will need your parents to handle the registration process for you.

The costs for the exam reach from 108 Euro for the A1- to 207 Euro for the C2 level-proficiency test.

There are more than 1000 examination centers in over 100 countries, which will let you participate in the DELE exam.

Here at FU International Academy in Tenerife it is possible to take the exam at least every other month. For exact dates and prices check our blog post: DELE 2018/2019 – The ultimate Guide.

It is also obligatory to pass this exam level A2 or higher in order to become a Spanish citizen.


The SIELE (Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española or International Assessment Service for the Spanish Language) is an online Spanish degree. The official examination centres, like our FU International Academy in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, certify your level of Spanish proficiency through digital means.

The digital process makes it fast and easy to register for the exam, take the test and finally receive your results. Also, thanks to the online procedure, you do not depend on certain dates. The online Spanish degree is only valid for two years.

SIELE is a multi-level exam. Each task in each test presents a different degree of difficulty. The final results will rank your Spanish skills from level A1 to level C1 according to the CEFR. The online spanish certificate is modular. You can take the four modalities of the Spanish test separately (S1 Reading & Listening; S2 Reading & Writing; S3 Listening & Oral; S4 Oral). The prices of the single modules differ from 55 to 100 Euro. It is also possible to take all sections at once (SIELE Global) for 155 Euro. Exact prices and an explanation how to enroll for the online exam are displayed in our blog post: SIELE exam.

Spanish Proficiency Test to Enroll in a Spanish University Course

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EsPro – by LanguageCert USAL

In 2017, Cursos Internacionales de la Universidad de Salamanca and LanguageCert have joined forces to deliver professional Spanish language examinations worldwide. The two organisations have cooperated to continue offering the Spanish placement test BULATS tests (Business Language Testing Service, which will run out in 2019) under the new name LanguageCert USAL esPro.

The test can be taken by several examination centers around the globe in a paper or a computer-based version. The prices and dates may vary between the centers. Since the test is quite new, not all the exam centers available can be found in the system. In case you cannot find one close to you, they have a great customer support, which will help you out with inf