Our Heredia city campus has recently become an official SIELE examination center where students can take their SIELE exam and take classes beforehand to prepare themselves accordingly. Our accredited Spanish courses are in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
What is SIELE?
SIELE stands for Servicio International de Evaluación de la Lengua Española and is the most recognized Spanish proficiency certificate in the world, and is endorsed by the Instituto Cervantes, Universidad Autónoma de México, Universidad de Salamanca, and Universidad de Buenos Aires.
It is used to certify Spanish levels according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and to improve the employability of students.
The exam certifies the degree of proficiency for the Spanish language divided into four tests:
- Written expression and interaction, and spoken expression and interaction
There are five exam modalities
SIELE is modular which means that you can either take the complete exam (all four tests, called SIELE GLOBAL) or take one section/ test at a time. The exam duration is three hours. At the end of all the tests, you will receive an internationally recognized certification, valid for two years and which includes the base score corresponding to the CEFR.
This modality offers four possible combinations of the above-mentioned tests which make up the GLOBAL SIELE exam:
- S1: Reading and listening comprehension
- S2: Reading comprehension and written expression and interaction
- S3: Listening comprehension and spoken expression and interaction
- S4: Spoken expression and interaction
The duration varies depending on the test combination. At the end of the independent modality or test combination, you will receive an internationally recognized report/ statement, valid for two years and which includes the base score corresponding to the CEFR.
What Are My Options? How And When Can I Sign Up?
The SIELE exam is offered on Fridays (at 9 am, 1:30 pm and at 6 pm) at our Heredia city campus only. For your exam preparation, you can take Spanish classes year-round at either or both campuses, Heredia or Samara. There will be no exams or classes if a Friday falls within our school closing dates.
Option 1 - Ready to take the exam?
If you just want to take the SIELE exam you need to register through the SIELE website and choose Intercultura Heredia as your examination center. Payment has to be done through the SIELE platform upon inscription. You will receive a code in order to activate the exam for the date you have signed up for.
Option 2 - SIELE preparation and exam
How to best prepare for your SIELE exam?
Take classes at our Spanish school in Heredia and/ or in Samara, and choose the course level that is right for you. You can enroll in Spanish group classes only or combine them with personalized private lessons. You can also just take private classes only in order to focus on your problem areas. This option is ideal if your pre-exam preparation time is limited. Go to our Spanish class enrollment form!
Can I take the preparation course in Sámara and the exam afterward in Heredia?
Yes, you can, except for your last week, which you will need to complete in Heredia, as the exam will be on Friday of your last week of classes. During your last week, it´s also important that you receive an introduction to the technology which is required for the exam and which we only offer in Heredia.