SIELE is “The International Evaluation Service of the Spanish Language”, an online evaluation and certification service to test Spanish language ability. It is suitable for students and professionals alike, whose mother tongue is not Spanish and who need to demonstrate their linguistic ability to academic institutions, businesses and public administration.

It is a certification promoted by the Cervantes Institute, the University Nacional Autónoma of Mexico, the University of Salamanca and the University of Buenos Aires. Working together, these institutions ensure the highest standards of quality and good practice in test design as well as using the great linguistic variety of the Spanish speaking world.

Advantages of SIELE:

  • It is useful when looking for work.
  • It helps businesses certify the Spanish language level of a prospective candidate or of its employees.
  • If you want to study in a university or study for a Master’s degree in any Spanish speaking country, it will attest to your knowledge of the language.

SIELE certifies the candidate’s Spanish language ability through a modular exam made up of five sections:

1. Global SIELE:

This exam

Recognises your Spanish language level worldwide. It consists of 4 tests which correspond to the 4 communicative language skills (reading, listening, writing and speaking). The total length of the exam is 3 hours and the highest mark is 1000 points. Having completed the exam, you will receive an internationally recognised certificate which is valid for 2 years. It includes a mark related to the language ability levels of the Common European Framework Reference and, in addition, a numerical score from 0 to 1000, which is the sum of all the scores obtained in each test.

Independent tests:

2. EXAM S1

Recognises your reading and listening comprehension skills in Spanish worldwide. (reading comprehension + listening comprehension)

3. EXAM S2

Recognises your level of reading comprehension and written expression in Spanish worldwide. (reading comprehension + written expression)

4. EXAM S3

Recognises your level of listening comprehension and oral expression in Spanish worldwide. (listening comprehension + oral expression)

5. EXAM S4

Recognises your level of oral expression in Spanish worldwide. (oral expression and interaction)

The SIELE exam is modular. It can be taken in one block, in the form of SIELE Global which includes the four skills previously described (reading, writing, listening and speaking) for which you receive a certificate recognised worldwide, and valid for two years.

You can, however, also take just one module of the exam which relates to the skills that you need to demonstrate, for example: oral expression and interaction (S4). Having taken one or several of the independent modules of SIELE, you will receive a certificate that is valid for two years. This includes the marks obtained in the test/tests taken alongside their corresponding Common European Framework Reference levels.

TANDEM Madrid organizes SIELE Global exams every working Friday of the year. The timetable for the SIELE Global exams is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

TANDEM Escuela Internacional Madrid

C/Marqués de Cubas 8

28014 – Madrid

Tel. +34 91 5322715

What are the SIELE tests like?

Test 1. Reading comprehension

This test is composed of 5 tasks with a total of 38 questions. The candidate must read various texts of different levels of complexity and answer questions about them. There is a time limit of 60 minutes to complete the test. The test is corrected automatically and immediately, with a maximum of 250 points.

Test 2. Listening comprehension

There are 6 tasks in this test with a total of 38 questions.The candidate must listen to a variety of different recordings (conversations, conferences etc.) with different levels of complexity and then answer questions about the recordings. The maximum time to complete the test is 55 minutes. Correction is automatic and immediate with a possible maximum of 250 points.

Test 3. Written interaction and expression

This test consists of 2 tasks where the candidate must write two texts according to the instructions and texts provided. The test lasts for a maximum of 50 minutes and is worth a total of 250 points. The content of the test is copied and later evaluated by expert examiners at SIELE.

Test 4. Oral interaction and expression

There are a total of 5 tasks in this test. You will listen to a variety of questions which are recorded. You must also give two spoken presentations. The maximum time to complete the test is 15 minutes, with a total value of 250 points. The contents of this test are recorded and subsequently evaluated by expert examiners at SIELE.

More information:

This is a small step by step guide for the registration in the SIELE exam. To begin the process, please visit the following website:

1.    Choose the exam which you would like to take.

Registro SIELE 1

2. Select the country where you want to take the exam. Click on “comprar”

Registro SIELE 2

Registro SIELE 3

3. Choose the city, the date and the exam centre where you want to take the exam. In “Localidad”, select Madrid.

Registro SIELE 4

4 – Search for TANDEM Escuela Internacional Madrid and choose the day and the time when you want to do the exam.

Registro SIELE 5

5 – Complete the payment and add your personal details.

Registro SIELE 6

Now you are registered to take the SIELE exam! We are waiting for you. 


Exam Price (Euros)
SIELE Global 155 €
SIELE S1 55 €
SIELE S2 75 €
SIELE S3 100 €
SIELE S4 75 €

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