Increase your motivation levels
Before a test, you tend to study harder than ever. Research has shown that this can lead to improved language ability.
Whether you love them or hate them, tests clearly motivate us to get learning. Research has found that students who are given regular tests study the longest and the most regularly. Students who have less frequent tests tend to study just before their test.
Learn the right kind of language skills
Academic Spanish language exams use real-life language, tasks and topics. This means that, in addition to developing real-life Spanish language communication skills, you develop a range of practical academic skills. For example, you will develop the skills to:
• Learn the right kind of language skills
• Write essays with a good organizational structure and supporting conclusions
• Follow lectures and ask detailed questions
• Read quickly enough to cope with the demands of an academic course
• Read textbooks and grasp the main topics and ideas
• Give clear presentations.
Improve the way you study
Tests and quizzes are really useful study techniques, which can improve how quickly you learn.
When you do an exam, you have to recall and apply what you have learnt. This process greatly improves your chances of remembering information. It also makes future study sessions more productive, by showing what you need to work on next.
In addition, by taking exams, you can improve your ability to apply what you’ve learned in new contexts. In particular, open-ended assessments (such as essay writing) help our brains to organize information, which produces ‘deeper learning’ – so you can retrieve that knowledge flexibly and transfer it to other situations.
For non-native Spanish speakers, a DELE certificate is the best way to formally identify the ability to speak fluent Spanish.
The DELE (Diploma Español como Lengua Extranjera) certificate is the officially recognised qualification for proficiency and fluency in Spanish. It is issued and recognised by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain.
The purpose of the diploma is to formally demonstrate the ability to communicate in Spanish. The DELE is internationally recognised, and is accepted worldwide as evidence of fluency and command of Spanish.
Anybody who is the citizen of a country where Spanish is not the official language can take the DELE.