Are you determined to pass the DELE exam and you’re looking for the best resources to do it? If so, surely you will be wondering if you should buy a book or if it is enough with what you find on the Internet (everything is there, right?).

Our personal advice is to use at least one book to prepare yourself for this exam. It’s true that on the Internet you will find a multitude of material that will help you and make your study easier, but it will be difficult for you to find it as organized, summarized and reliable as in recommended books (usually written by DELE examiners).

Of course, you don’t need to buy the book. You can ask a friend or borrow it in a library. If you prefer to buy it, either because you don’t have access to it or because you like the book to be yours (so you can do scribbles and cartoons!), we propose some links to our recommended books:

1. Preparación al Diploma de Español (Editorial Edelsa)

preparacion dele edelsa a1_1

Very well-known and recommended book to prepare the DELE because of the similarity of their exam models with which you will find yourself in reality. With this book, you must also buy the booklet of keys, which will give you the solution and explanation to the questions. Highly recommended.

🇺🇸  A1A1_clavesA2A2_clavesB1+B1_clavesB2+B2_clavesC1C1_clavesC2C2_claves
🇬🇧  A1A1_clavesA2A2_clavesB1+B1_clavesB2+B2_clavesC1C1_clavesC2C2_claves
🇪🇸  A1A1_clavesA2A2_clavesB1+B1_clavesB2+B2_clavesC1C1_clavesC2C2_claves
🇮🇳 A1A1_clavesA2A2_clavesB1, B1_clavesB2B2_clavesC1C1_clavesC2C2_claves
🇨🇦  A1A1_clavesA2A2_clavesB1+B1_clavesB2+B2_clavesC1C1_clavesC2C2_claves
🇩🇪  A1A1_clavesA2A2_clavesB1+B1_clavesB2+B2_clavesC1C1_clavesC2C2_claves

2. Las claves del nuevo DELE (Editorial Difusión)

claves nuevo dele difusion a1_2

Following the previous editorial closely, this editorial presents books for all levels except C2 and offers us a book that combines activities and exam models. Also, highly recommended.

🇺🇸  A1A2B1B2C1
🇬🇧  A1A2B1B2C1
🇪🇸  A1A2B1B2C1
🇮🇳 A1A2B1B2C1
🇨🇦  A1A2B1B2C1
🇩🇪  A1A2B1B2C1

3. El Cronómetro (Editorial Edinumen)

el cronometro dele a1

Growing in importance quickly we find the books entitled ‘El cronómetro’, which offer the guidelines to prepare the exam autonomously. They are increasingly known and have managed to attract more people. Recommended.

🇺🇸  A1A2B1B2C1, C2
🇬🇧  A1A2B1B2C1, C2
🇪🇸  A1A2B1B2C1, C2
🇮🇳 A1A2B1B2C1, C2
🇨🇦  A1A2B1B2C1, C2
🇩🇪  A1A2B1B2C1, C2

4. ¡Dale al DELE! (Editorial enClave)

dale al dele a1

With this word game as a title and increasingly popular, we find ‘¡Dale al DELE!’, a very complete book that is gaining popularity and equating the previous ones. Recommended.

🇺🇸 A1, A2, B1, B2, C1
🇬🇧 A1, A2, B1, B2, C1
🇪🇸 A1, A2, B1, B2, C1
🇮🇳 A1, A2, B1, B2, C1
🇨🇦 A1, A2, B1, B2, C1
🇩🇪 A1, A2, B1, B2, C1

5. Prepara y practica el DELE (Editorial Octaedro)

prepara practica dele a1

Less popular, but also offering interesting material, we find the book ‘Prepara y practica el DELE’. It is not as well-known and used as others, but it is great to practice a little more.

🇺🇸 A1, A2, B1, B2
🇬🇧 A1, A2, B1, B2
🇪🇸 A1, A2, B1, B2
🇮🇳 A1, A2, B1, B2
🇨🇦 A1, A2, B1, B2
🇩🇪 A1, A2, B1, B2

6. Aprueba el DELE (Editorial SM)

aprueba el dele a1

Dedicated to the basic levels and with material to keep on practicing.

🇺🇸 A1, A2
🇬🇧 A1, A2
🇪🇸 A1, A2
🇮🇳 A1, A2
🇨🇦 A1, A2
🇩🇪 A1, A2

If you want to obtain the Spanish nationality:

In addition, if you are preparing the A2, required level to obtain nationality, we recommend two more books:

1. Cómo aprobar el DELE A2 (Editorial Difusión)

como aprobar dele a2

Compilation of very useful material to pass this exam and highly recommended for those who want to pass this test in order to obtain nationality.

🇺🇸 A2
🇬🇧 A2
🇪🇸 A2
🇮🇳 A2
🇨🇦 A2
🇩🇪 A2

2. La preparación de la expresión escrita del DELE A2 (Editorial Octaedro)

preparacion expresion escrita dele a2

Usually, the writing is one of the most complicated parts to prepare and that present more difficulty. That’s why we recommend this book, with which you can exclusively prepare this part and gain confidence.

🇺🇸 A2
🇬🇧 A2
🇪🇸 A2
🇮🇳 A2
🇨🇦 A2
🇩🇪 A2

All these books have the approval of ‘El Instituto Miguel de Cervantes’, in charge of conducting the exams, and therefore, we can ensure that they are convenient to help you study. Most of them contain activities to practice, tips and guidelines for taking a good exam, and exam models with which we can practice (including audio CDs). It is obvious that the more you practice the better, but don’t become obsessed. It’s better to understand well and do all the activities of a single book than to look over everyone.

The book you have will guide you and will be the basis of your study. There you will have exam models and you can see what is more difficult for you. From there, you can solve your doubts on the Internet (there will always be someone who has your same quetions or weaknesses and always someone who solves them or is willing to help you).

Finally, from ‘El Virus de la curiosidad’ we would like to help you with your exam. Send us your questions or comments and we will do everything in our power to resolve them. If you also want us to make videos of something specific, we are open to suggestions. And above all, don’t be afraid of the DELE, it only takes a little constancy and enthusiasm and it will be yours. Don’t give up!

Author’s Note: Since I’m a Spanish native, I am sure there are many language mistakes in this article. If you find any and want to help me improve this article, please send it to 

Also, if you have any Spanish question, don’t hesitate to contact me or leave a comment.


One thought on “Best books to prepare the Spanish DELE exam

  1. Will completing DALE AL DELE A2 is enough for DELE a2 exam? As I don’t have much time and will only be able to complete this one book.

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