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Spanish Equivalent of TOEFL?

by Vikrama Dhiman
Posted on 19 August, 2009

Are you aware of any of these programs/ tests, considered equivalent of TOEFL for Spanish Language?

# Los Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE), a certification granted by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Spain. More information at http://spanish.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.dele.org/dele/
# Proficiency program used by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. More information at http://spanish.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.actfl.org/
# AP: Spanish

Which one is worth taking?

Thanks

Tags: Standardized Tests, Spanish, Spanish Language

by Vikrama Dhiman posted on 20 August, 2009
Wow. Lots of information. Thank you so much.

Do you know if any of these tests help in any way [immigration/ jobs]?
by Reema Aggarwal posted on 19 August, 2009
WOW, good question. It would depend on the country you would like to ask for it. As far as I know, there is not such thing in Mexico. In Spain, there is something called DELE (Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera) but this is only valid in Spain.

I found this http://spanish.about.com/library/questions/blq-fluencytests.htm

Hope it helps you.
by Juan Manuel posted on 19 August, 2009
Equivalent of TOEFL for Spanish Language? One of the highest DELE level...C1 or C2. You can study for DELE exams at many private schools throughout the world, and Institutos Cervantes (presence in NY, Tokio, etc)...the best school in the world to learn spanish.
by Ricardo E. Valenzuela Ruiz posted on 19 August, 2009

In Mexico UNAM: Mexico National Autonomous University has these two tests that may tantamount to TOEFL

(EPLE) EXAMEN DE POSESIÓN DE LA LENGUA ESPAÑOLA

(CELA) CERTIFICADO DE ESPAÑOL COMO LENGUA ADICIONAL

You can see this site for more information

http://www.cepechicago.unam.mx/examenes.html

by Ricardo E. Valenzuela Ruiz posted on 20 August, 2009
Vikrama

The CEPE exam in Mexico helps immigrants to get a job.

The Center for Foreigners (Centro de Enseñanza para Extranjeros, CEPE) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), founded in 1921 with the mission of internationalizing the Spanish language and Mexican and Hispanic-American Culture, has developed the Spanish Language Proficiency Exam (Examen de Posesión de la Lengua Española, EPLE), to certify in Mexico and worldwide, the level of proficiency of the Spanish language.
The main reasons why non-native Spanish speakers take the EPLE are:
• To attend universities in Spanish speaking countries.
• To apply for scholarships.
• To certify their proficiency of Spanish to work in Spanish speaking countries.
• To work as a Spanish teacher in their countries
What does EPLE measure?
EPLE quantitatively and qualitatively measures your ability to use Spanish in different environments and situations. It measures your knowledge and your ability to apply this knowledge. In other words, it measures the level of linguistic competence, such as:
• Appropriate use of the Spanish language
• Understanding of linguistic context
• Interpretation of meanings
• Coherent expression
• Element organization in sentences to give different meanings
• Idenitification of errors
• Construction of Spanish language structures
The Certificate issued by UNAM includes individual scores for each section of the exam. The results of the exam are valid for two years.

Experts from CEPE-UNAM will evaluate the Spanish proficiency of applicants.
by Pam Vass posted on 20 August, 2009
As far as I am concerned we don´t have any specific policy towards language acreditation of foreigners here. I´ve been told that in Canada you don´t need to be profficient in English or French to get a job, and something similar happens in Argentina. But this type of exams are generally created with that in mind: being able to prove your level of a language (in this case, Spanish) to a certain institution or country.
by Pam Vass posted on 19 August, 2009
We have DELE and CELU exams in Argentina, provided by the University of Buenos Aires that establishes a link with the Ministry of Education in Spain. I believe there are exams centers all around the world.
Taking this type of exam is a way of crediting your level of Spanish internationally, but they are not compulsory nor detrimental to the process of learning. The only existance of this type of exam shows that Spanish is becoming a more and more relevant language in the international scene.
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