What are the differences with the DELE certification?
The SIELE is a test promoted by the Instituto Cervantes (IC), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the University of Salamanca (USAL) and the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) that certifies the degree of proficiency in Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension, Writing Skill and Oral Skill in a level that can be matched with the levels from A1 to C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languges (CEFR). The certification is valid for five years.
The SIELE certification can be obtained at the Hong Kong Spanish Examination Centre.
More information on the SIELE exam can be found here.
The DELE is also an official title accrediting your level of Spanish, awarded by the IC in the name of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports. The certificate accredits specific levels of Spanish, from A1 to C2 of the CEFR. The candidates choose the level to be certified and take the exam to demonstrate their competence in Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension, Writing Skill and Oral Skill for the chosen level. The certification is for a pass or fail of the chosen level and it has no expiration date.
The DELE examination is administered by the City University of Hong Kong at specific dates throughout the year (normally in May and November).
More information on the DELE exam can be found here.
Both certificates are now internationally recognized.