Thursday, February 20, 2014

What is the level B1 SCHOLAR of the DELE exams?

The B1 level was once considered as the initial level. 
B1 DELE diploma certifies that the candidate already has a considerable level of Spanish which puts it slightly above the novice category. 
This diploma certifies the ability of the user of the language to:

  • Understand the main points of clear textfragments and standard use of language, concerning familiar subjects, either in work, study or entertainment.
  • Function in most of the situations that may arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • Produce simple and connected texts on topics which are familiar or topics of personal interest.
  • Describe experiences, events, desires and aspirations, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

But from now on, there exists a new variant, which is level B1 SCHOLAR.

The diploma DELE B1 SCHOLAR is meant for students between 11 and 17 years old. Level B1 will be tested, but content will be used adapted to their age. 

The level B1 SCHOLAR certifies the ability of the user to use the language for understanding and to react in a right way to situations in everyday life and to communicate wishes and needs basically.

The exam B1 SCHOLAR is only offered in may y consists of different tests, organized in three groups:
Group 1Reading Comprehension (40 minutes) and written expression (50 minutes).
Group 2: Grammer y vocabulary (40 minutes). 
Group 3Listening Comprehension (30 minutes) and oral expression and interaction (10 minutes).

The grade of "pass" is required in each of the test groups in the same examination.

The maximum amount of points one can achieve is 100 points and a percentage of 70% is needed in each group.
The final rating is PASS or FAIL to pass .

According to ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe) the diploma (Nivel B1) is equal to the following international diplomas.

English: Preliminary Englist Test (PET) 
France: DELF B1 
German: B1 Zertifikat Deutsch 

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