siele_logo_02The Instituto Cervantes, the University of Salamanca (USAL) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) have launched a new model for certification in Universal Spanish called the SIELE, International Assessment Service for the Spanish Language (Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española).

The SIELE exam is a system that assesses and certifies Spanish language skills among students and professionals, on all five continents, using electronic means.

SpanishviaSkype has a study program that includes reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written expression and interaction and spoken expression and interaction; all of which are sections in the exam to obtain the SIELE Global certificate. Candidates can sit the entire exam in one go (three hours) or they can opt to take an independent modality (combinations of specific tests).

The SIELE Global uses a 1,000 point scoring system (each test accounts for a maximum of 250 points), which places students on these levels A1, A2, B1, B2 or C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

It allows for the obtention of the SIELE Certificate, an internationally recognized document with a validity period of two years. Students who complete an independent modality receives a report with a validity period of two years, which includes a per-test score and equivalence for CEFR levels.



Our students can work with practice exams, just like the official ones, to practice and improve their Spanish skills in order to pass the SIELE, a certification that incorporates within a single exam the many different geographical variations of Spanish, a language that differs greatly from nation to nation.

SIELE, which is aimed at the 21 million students of Spanish around the world, as well as native speakers, is promoted by the Instituto Cervantes, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the Universidad de Salamanca and the Universidad de Buenos Aires. This exam awards a certificate that is prestigiously recognized not only among educational institutions and members, but also in the professional, corporate, and commercial world.

SpanishviaSkype’s SIELE preparation program is under-development, so please check back our social media or subscribe to our blog to keep abreast of future developments. In the meantime, if you want to take a trial class with us to check our methodology and materials, you need to fill out this form.