Tests, Exams, and Certificates to Measure Success in Spanish
How we measure your success at “Let's Speak Spanish!”
At Let’s Speak Spanish, we emphasize making progress and success measurable. We’ve developed a variety of exams and interactive exercises. Our placement test determines your level of Spanish in our 24 Level System to Spanish Fluency®.
Once you enroll in a course or take an online-lesson with a teacher, we measure your progress with exercises and mid-term exams. Knowing where you stand helps you and your teacher eliminate the weaknesses.
To measure your success we use:
Depending upon the exam or course taken, we issue the following certificates:
1. Spanish Placement Test
Before we offer you a COMBI course, tutor lessons online, or any other Spanish learning product, we need to assess your level of Spanish. Our placement test is, therefore, the starting point on your way to learning Spanish with us. The result will tell us which grammatical level you are in our 24 Level System to Spanish Fluency®.
It’s a step-by-step test. First, you answer the questions, about whether you can present yourself, talk about family, future plans, debate, etc. Then depending on these answers, you start on the reference level (A1, A2, B1, B2). From the beginning, you work your way up through the sub-levels. The test stops when you answer many questions incorrectly or contrary, everything you answered is correct. Finally, we place you on the last level you passed.
To make this test as reliable as possible, it's important to keep the following points in mind:
• Do NOT use dictionaries (or other aids).
• Do NOT answer if you do NOT know the answer (luck plays no role in the test).
After we have determined your grammatical reference level, you will have the opportunity to take another online test (level exam) to confirm the level you have reached.
Spanish Placement Test
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2. Exercises and Intermediate Tests
Our COMBI courses include many interactive exercises, one first-half-term exam and another second-half exam. After studying the lessons and showing that you understand everything in the interactive activities, you can take the intermediate tests. You will receive your course certificate after passing the first and second tests.
Spanish COMBI Course
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3. Spanish Level (1-24) Exam
What does this test look like? And why is the placement test not enough to prove your level?
The placement test gives us an approximation of your grammatical knowledge. In the exam offered after, you can prove the placement of your level is correct. This exam comprises between 45 and 60 grammatical questions. You have 30 minutes to answer them.
For this exam you have to pay attention to the following points:
• Do not use dictionaries (or other aids).
• Do not answer if you do not know the answer (luck plays no role in the test).
We will issue you a certificate with your name (a PDF) if you pass the test.
If you do not pass, we will offer you to take a test at a lower level.
While the placement test and the thorough level test can determine your grammatical level, the tests do not show that you can communicate, express your ideas, talk about politics, or give your opinion on a movie. It is one thing to certify that you know grammar and vocabulary, but it is quite another to use both in real-life communicative situations.
More than an automatic test is required to test classical language skills. Instead, we need to involve an experienced teacher.
4. Academic Assessment for Spanish Level 5-24
Take your Spanish exam (Listening – Writing – Speaking) from the comfort of your home.
As you probably noticed, we can only test some language skills with the previous tests. As soon as it comes to the qualitative evaluation of free writing or speaking a foreign language, we cannot avoid a live exam with a teacher. For testing both skills, we have developed our exam: the academic assessment of a specific level from our 24 Level System to Spanish Fluency®.
To take this exam, you must have passed the corresponding level exam, so besides the grammar, reading, and listening skills, you must also pass the writing and speaking tests.
How does it work?
The exam proceeds as follows:
→ After confirming your level in the exam for your level, book a free time slot with one of our teachers for an “Academic Assessment” for the same level. Like the online lessons, the exam takes place in our virtual classroom with a camera.
→ On the day of the exam, we’ll send you access to our virtual classroom 30 minutes before the oral exam, along with specific instructions that you can use to prepare your answers.
→ The first 5 minutes of the session are to get to know your teachers and break the ice. The teacher explains the first task. Afterward, you answer the questions.
→ At the end of the verbal section, you will go to the “interaction and written expression” part and answer the question in writing in front of the teacher.
→ When you finish, your teacher will immediately correct the second task and give you the evaluation’s comments.
→ If you pass, you will receive your certificate by e-mail immediately after the exam (about 60 minutes).
With your certificate, you will receive the written exam with corrections and a recording of the exam session, which you can watch and listen to as many times as you want.
Is the academic evaluation an officially recognized exam?
Although our school is a test center for the DELE and SIELE exams and our teachers are certified examiners, the “Academic Assessment for Level X” is not an official exam. Neither are our levels from 1 to 24 (or 1 – 48) officially recognized. However, we believe that our online testing method has found a solution that comes closest to and surpasses the official assessment because of its greater specificity.
In summary, here are the advantages of the “Academic Assessment for Spanish Level X” from LSS:
- Much more precise levels (1-24) – instead of just A1, A2, B1, B2.
- Flexible and fast scheduling. Book your exam dates when you want.
- Immediate results. You will receive your grade and certificate via PDF within 60 minutes after the exam.
- Low price. You can book the exam plus the certificate for only 60,–€.
Note: Our Academic Assessment for Spanish Level X is still in development.
5. Official exams DELE & SIELE
For studying in Spain and your new job, you often need an officially recognized exam. All official exams have to be taken in accredited test centers on site, e.g. in our Spanish school in Tenerife (Canary Islands). Here you find the exams we offer.
The DELE (Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera) is Spain’s largest and most prestigious language certification system and is recognized worldwide. The Instituto Cervantes developed it to certify the language skills of adults who wish to pursue an academic program in a Spanish-speaking country or get a higher professional qualification. It is also a requirement for obtaining Spanish citizenship. The DELE exams for the different levels (A1 – C2) are held every year on the dates set by Instituto Cervantes. We made a helpful overview in our DELE blog post.
The SIELE is, after the DELE, one of the most important exams in the world used to get an official certificate in the Spanish language. It is widely recognized internationally. Unlike the DELE exam, there are no fixed dates. Anyone can flexibly arrange their exam date with an official exam center. The language level is determined on the computer in the test center, and the results will be available in about three weeks. Check out our SIELE exam guide for more information.
You never fail because you always reach a level. It is also interesting that each part of the test (reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written expression and interaction, and oral expression and exchange) is graded separately.
Would you like to take your Spanish to the next level?
Whether you’re a complete beginner or you’re an advanced student, with us you’ll reach the next level of Spanish quickly and easily. With 24 Levels to Spanish fluency, the next level is always close by, so you will never lose motivation.
You can choose between:
In both cases, you’ll learn Spanish using our successful 24 Level System to Spanish Fluency® and our unique Spanish teaching methods.