Early on the morning of November 9, five McGlashan Spanish students managed to wake up at 4 am and travel all the way from Dunedin, to sit the DELE* exam at AUT in Auckland.
The exam commenced with a writing task and then a reading section. Then we had a 5-minute break before continuing with a listening task. Each section took 40 minutes, and after yet another break, we had individual conversations with an exam supervisor in Spanish. By 1.00pm we had all finished, breathed a sigh of relief and set out for a stroll down Queen Street and a chance to do some sightseeing. McDonald's was an obvious first stop followed by a visit to the Sky Tower before heading back to the airport.
It was an intense day, and the exam allowed us to fully assess our skills in Spanish, while still having some fun and getting to see the sights around Auckland.
*The DELE Spanish Diplomas are official titles certifying degree of competence and mastery of the Spanish language, granted by Spain's Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.
The Instituto Cervantes organizes examination sessions, while the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain designs the exams and is in charge of corrections and the final evaluation of all exams.