Our partner school Hong Kong Spanish Institute is only examination centre in Hong Kong for Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española (SIELE). SIELE is the most comprehensive, versatile and prestigious system for assessing and certifying Spanish language proficiency. It is an International Assessment Service for the Spanish Language promoted by the Instituto Cervantes, the Universidad Autónoma de México, the Universidad de Salamanca and the Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Exams are held throughout the year, upon confirmation of registration. For inscription, you should drop by our school and provide us with any form of identification (exp. Passport or ID).
SIELE exams are a great opportunity for those who are thinking of obtaining an official certificate of Spanish, and we hope that this article will help you make that decision. SIELE or International Service for the Evaluation of the Spanish Language guarantees different varieties of the use of Spanish as it is promoted by Cervantes Institute, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the University of Salamanca and the University of Buenos Aires.
SIELE exams take as a reference the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and certify Spanish proficiency through four tests: Reading comprehension, Listening comprehension, Written expression and interaction, and Oral expression and interaction.
Unlike other certifications, SIELE offers the possibility to choose between two different exam modalities, in this way each student can choose, freely and voluntarily, the one that best suits their needs. The first model of exam is a multilevel type that allows to know the domain of Spanish on a global basis, and the second model in which to choose between five independent modalities that are based on the combination of the different tests mentioned above.
If you are thinking about certifying your Spanish level do not discard any of the options that SIELE has to offer. Learning Spanish is in your hand, certifying your level too.
DELE – Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language
Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) are official titles certifying a degree of competence and mastery of the Spanish language, issued by the Spanish Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science to participants who have passed a standardized test indicating their level Spanish language proficiency.
DELE diplomas are internationally recognized among public and private educational institutions and authorities as well as in the business world and chambers of commerce and provide sufficient accreditation towards the exercise of any professional or academic activity in Spain.
DELE exams are divided into 6 different levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2, with C2 being the highest DELE Diplomas and are valid indefinitely.
IB Spanish Exams
The International Baccalaureate exams are comprehensive. They are generally taken around Years 12 or Year 13 – by students aged 16 to 19.
IB Spanish Ab Initio
In terms of Spanish level, Ab Initio is close to the A2 level as laid out by the Cervantes Institute, each exam following a more communicative approach, placing high value on the abiltity to converse.
The environment, education, town and services, speaking and cultural awareness are some of the key topics covered in Spanish Ab Initio.
IB Spanish Language B
IB Language B is the more challenging of the IB Spanish exams. If you are studying Language B at your school but feel you’d benefit from an extra boost, let us help fill in the gaps so that you get the results that you want.
At least 2 or 3 years of Spanish learning is necessary prior to starting Spanish Language B, and getting ready for the exam might take a few years more. Although not completely equivalent, it is close to the B2 level as laid out by the Cervantes Institute. Both exams tend to follow a more communicative approach.
Cultural and historical events, immigration, art and films are some of the key topics covered in Spanish Language B.
IGCSE Spanish Exams
The IGCSE Spanish exams, whether administered by Cambridge or Edexcel, are comprehensive Spanish exams that assess the student’s Spanish listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. According to Cambridge International the exam tests for knowledge at about a A2 Level (with some elements of B1) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).