36 responses

  1. Kat
    November 7, 2011

    My school gave me La Tesis de Nancy as a going away present. I read it while touring Europe and loved it! Glad I’m not the only one :)

  2. Lauren
    November 8, 2011

    Good luck bonita!!!

  3. sunset84
    November 8, 2011

    I´d like to do the same with the Cambridge exams!

  4. Ashlee D.
    November 10, 2011

    Good luck, chica!!! Thanks for the tips, I need to start studying so I can take it one of these days!

  5. Jenny
    January 31, 2012

    Thanks for writing this! I about to embark on a C2 journey of my own and feeling pumped but overwhelmed , so this was super helpful :)

    • Sunshine and Siestas
      January 31, 2012

      Glad it helped! I’m still awaiting results, so don’t expect to know shortly after the exam – I took it nearly 12 weeks ago already!

  6. kra
    October 25, 2012

    Thank you for this blog entry! It’s really helpful.
    Question: After taking the exam, would you still say that Cronómetro prepared you better than Edesla C2?

    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 26, 2012

      Hi there! YES, The Cronómetro was better at providing pautas, whereas the Edesla book gave a bunch of vocab and practice exams. Since the C1 test has changed since that book was published, I ofund that having @destrezas integradas@ or tests that probed a bit more than just reading comprehension, were better. Which level are you planning to take?

      • kra
        October 26, 2012

        Hi, thank you for your reply!
        I’m shooting for C2. I read somewhere that I should only buy the guides that were made after April 2011, because the exam is different now. What worries me the most is the speaking part, but I got 6 more months till the May exam, and I do live in Nueva York, so finding native speakers should be a piece of cake…

      • JR
        April 3, 2013

        I am happy to have stumbled across your articles on the DELE exam. I am supposed to take the C1 test in one month for a job opportunity, but my confidence is dwindling by the day — especially once I read that you passed the oral exam by only 2 points despite thinking it was relatively easy! I have heard that this test is quite difficult (especially the oral sections), and I am starting to feel the pressure! Anyway, nice job posting some useful information for everyone to see.

      • Sunshine and Siestas
        April 3, 2013

        JR, I’d advise practicing as much as possible! My problem was that the exams were updated before he books, so I really didn’t know what to expect. Try searching YouTube to see if there’s anything that shows the exam format. Check out my other posts, too, and suerte!!

  7. Carlos
    July 30, 2013

    Hola! He posteado tu página en la mía. Échale un vistazo a la mía, yoablo.com o https://www.facebook.com/yyoablo y dale un “Me gusta” (si te gusta). Gracias!

    • Carlos
      July 30, 2013

      I am one of the authors of El Cronómetro A2 and C1, by the way.
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  8. Miyana
    October 5, 2013

    Hi Thank you very much for the delicious information:) Im so glad to have encountered this site. I am aimimg for B1 in the end of this november. Could you please recommend me a listening material with transcript ( and ideally with english translation) ? I commute 70 minutes and would like to utilize that time. Thank you in advance for your cooperation..!

    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 5, 2013

      Hi Miyana, The exam has changed since I bought my books, but I’d imagine that listening to a Spanish talk radio station and watching TV would help tremendously. I don’t know what’s currently on the market for listenings with transcripts nor what the format for the B2 is, but the section isn’t very long. Suerte!

  9. cristina
    February 7, 2014

    Hey! i really enjoyed your article! I would like to take the C1 exam also so it was really helpful. Did you prepare your grammar from a special C1 level book? thank you! keep up the good work! PS nice pictures you have from Romania

    • Cat Gaa
      February 7, 2014

      Hi Cristina! Thanks for the comment. I did a lot of grammar work through the Ultimate Spanish Grammar Review book, which also has a section on idioms, but what helped me the most was doing a lot of speaking and listening. This way, I could eliminate options that sounded wrong! Mucha suerte!!

  10. J
    March 19, 2014

    “I didn’t need it for a job, nor a university program. Nay, this overachiever wanted to prove she knew enough Spanish to have a piece of paper proclaiming it.”

    That’s quite a mischievous claim haha. You might not know its use for now, but points are gonna connect in your life. Who knows what holds for the future. As DELE is a life-long certification, it definitely adds value to your life. Good for you.

    • Cat Gaa
      March 19, 2014

      What’s funny, Jimmy, is that I didn’t think I needed the DELE in 2011, but it’s gotten me out of language requirements for a master’s and I think it has opened up my job prospects! Mucha suerte!

  11. J
    March 19, 2014

    I’m also preparing DELE C1, in Chile. Good article, especially on the distinction between Cronometro and Edelsa. Thanks.

  12. Ken
    March 20, 2014

    I’ve tutored a number of determined students who had mad grammar and vocabulary skills, but for whatever reason could not seem to acquire a decent accent. I’ve found that having them imitate native Spanish speakers speaking English with thick accents works wonders. It forces the student to focus on the sound of the words, rather than their content – it isolates the phonetic from the semantic. Once previously unused muscles get into shape (a minimum of many weeks) the accent comes rather easily. Soon, the student is distinguishing between and even imitating the accents of a wide variety of speakers – in Spanish.

    • Cat Gaa
      March 21, 2014

      Ken, I’ve never heard that advice before! I use the phonetic alphabet a lot in my classes and drill pronunciation, but I should use it!

  13. Farhoud
    March 21, 2014

    Hola: Interesting articles. Would you please add up the links for the books and etc so we can follow :) Muchas gracias

  14. Ashley Duncan
    April 12, 2014

    I took the C1 yesterday and I am so pumped that it’s over! Celebrating by doing absolutely nothing today. Anyways just wanted to thank you for your posts because they helped me a ton and for answering my questions as they arose the past few months. I also don’t need the certificate for anything (yet) which led me to wondering whyyyy I was choosing to torture myself and Inever want to see my Cronómetro book again

    • Cat Gaa
      April 21, 2014

      Thanks, lady! Seguro que the salió bien!

  15. Richard
    June 26, 2014

    Hiya … how was your C1 exam? Did you find it easier than you thought it would be? Any post-exam reflections? :)

  16. Rebecca
    January 7, 2015

    Thanks so much for this article, very helpful!

    I have been thinking of taking the DELE exam for about a year now and I am finally getting down to business and am planning to take the exam this coming spring. I took a practice test quickly and scored a B2.3-4, so I’m thinking with enough preparation and studying I should be able to pass the C1 exam in June or July (5-6 months from now). Would you agree with this? You said that you received a C1.4 on your practice exam and then you chose to take the C2 exam, correct?

    I am also trying to decide whether I should hire a private tutor or attend classes in an institute and wonder if you can give me any further thoughts on these two options?

    Thanks!

    • Cat Gaa
      January 7, 2015

      Hi Rebecca! The DELE exam is definitely a great paper to have, particularly if you live in Spain and need to prove language skills. In the end, I couldn’t dedicate as much time to the process because of a promotion, so I chose to take the C1. I passed the reading and writing with few mistakes, but the speaking was tough! I think you can definitely take the C1 if you get a good book (I recommend Cronometro) and take the time to study, plus have a friend read your practice essays.

      Since the exam is about more than grammar, make the effort to listen to podcasts or the news, read current events and be able to talk about them. I don’t think a tutor is necessary if you do! Suerte!

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