Ding! Level up.
Isn’t that sound in video games addictive?
Progressing up the levels gives you something to work toward and makes you feel accomplished.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could apply the idea of leveling up to your Spanish learning?
With Spanish level tests, you can!
These tests check your proficiency in Spanish and let you know when your language skills have—ding!—leveled up.
Why Should You Test Your Spanish?
In addition to the simple fun of treating Spanish learning like a video game, there are many other reasons why you would want to test your Spanish skills:
- Know how close you are to fluency. You might just enjoy knowing where your Spanish skills are in general, to check how far you have left to go to full proficiency.
- Put it on your resume. If you want to list Spanish skills on your resume, you should be wary of overstating your knowledge. By taking a Spanish level test, you will be able to tell your potential employer exactly how well you know the language.
- Choose the right course for you. Taking a level test before signing up for a Spanish class can save you a ton of time. It is very easy to sign up for the wrong level course because your either overestimate or underestimate your skill level.
Knowing your level will also help you choose the right place to start in many online learning programs, including FluentU.
Once you know at what stage your skills are, head over to FluentU and check out the authentic, real-world videos (like music videos, inspirational talks, clips, interviews and more).
You can also use FluentU to target any weak areas you discover with the tests in this post. Videos are conveniently organized into lessons, so you can easily work toward a particular objective, topic or skill. Try it today!
How to Use Spanish Proficiency Tests
It may sound like an expensive and difficult process, but checking your Spanish level can actually be quite painless and absolutely free. Below, we list eight fantastic free tests you can take online right now.
But first, here are some tips to ensure that you take the tests correctly!
- Do not use a dictionary or any other sort of reference while taking the test. It is vital that you do not affect your results by answering questions with the help of a reference.
If you need to look something up, then you don’t know it well enough. Just answer with your best guess and move on.
- Remember to take your time while answering the questions. It is not a race to the finish and a faster time will not help your scores.
- Finally, only take each test one time in order to get an accurate score. Many tests will show you which questions you got wrong.
If you go back and take the test again after seeing the answers, then it does not really count as a valid test of your skills.
How Are Spanish Level Tests Scored?
Most of these resources will provide you with a score on the Common European Framework of Reference. The scores range from A1 to C2.
A1 and A2 show that the speaker has a basic use of the language.
B1 and B2 indicate that the learner speaks at an intermediate level. B1 is at the threshold and B2 indicates an upper intermediate level.
C1 and C2 are the two highest levels. Both indicate proficiency in Spanish, but C2 shows complete mastery of the language.
6 Spanish Level Tests to Take Your Learning to the Next Stage
Five levels with 53 total questions.
The test consists of sentences with missing words, along with multiple-choice answers. It is divided by level; to progress to the next level you need to get at least eight questions correct.
Good to Know:
This test is provided by a very well-known and esteemed Spanish language center, so it is a good place to start. Please note that the results are presented in Spanish—but you should be able to make sense of it from context regardless of your level.
Once you finish the test you will have a chance to review the questions you answered incorrectly. Use this test as a way to figure out what areas of learning you need extra help with.
Four separate sections with 10-15 questions per section for a total of 150.
This test checks your knowledge of grammar (two sections), vocabulary and reading comprehension (one section each). Questions include multiple choice, finding the error in a sentence and choosing the right answer based on short reading passages.
Good to Know:
Be careful not to press the “Restart Test” button on the bottom! It is located dangerously close to the “Next Section” option and will reset your progress if you are not paying attention to where you are clicking.
Completing the test will let you see how many questions you got right overall, but to see the breakdown of each section and which specific questions you answered incorrectly, you will need to sign up with an email address.
This test has six sections, divided into around 20 questions each.
Testing consists of fill-in-the-blank questions with multiple choice options.
Good to Know:
You will need to sign up for this resource, and the results are emailed to you after you finish.
Each question has an “I don’t know” option, so we recommend not guessing if you really do not know an answer. This will ensure more accurate results.
There is also an option to save the test and continue later if you do not have enough time to finish it in one go.
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The test is composed of three sections and should take about 20 minutes to complete.
In addition to testing grammar and reading, this test has a very unique component: oral comprehension questions.
Good to Know:
Unlike the other tests on our list, this one is not divided into sections. Instead, all types of questions are presented at the same time.
The listening comprehension questions require you to play a brief audio file and choose the correct answer based on what you heard.
Once you complete the test, Lengalia gives you a few suggestions for online courses you can take that are suitable for your level. If you were looking for a good course, check these out!
This is a whopper of a test, with 60 questions.
The test is presented as a series of multiple choice questions with six options each.
Good to Know:
The score does not use the Common European Framework of Reference, but it still offers insight into your current level of Spanish.
Some questions are very involved, requiring you to pick nearly or entirely complete sentences from the choices. Others have one-word answers that differ only very slightly. These factors make this a very difficult test to guess on, and therefore a pretty accurate judge of your actual level.
Note that if you leave the page before you finish the test, you will have to start all over again!
This is another test that requires an email address for the results. However, results are received within a few minutes and give you a sense of where you fall in the language-knowledge spectrum.
Unfortunately, the results do not show you what questions you got wrong, so once you have taken the test once, we recommend that you go through it again question by question and study anything you do not know.
You can choose to take between 10 and 70 questions, in increments of 10. The more questions you answer, the more accurate your results will be.
Questions are multiple choice only.
Good to Know:
The focus is on grammar, but there is some reading comprehension testing as well.
Your score will not be on the Common European Framework of Reference, but will still be useful to know more about your grammar skills.
Once again, choose “I don’t know” if you are not sure—do not guess!
Entering your email when you finish reveals your score right on the same page, along with a list of the questions you got wrong (you will also receive the same information in your inbox).
What to Do with Your New Spanish Level
See how easy that was?
Now that you know where you stand, you can use that knowledge in a variety of ways.
You might try a reading a new book in Spanish based your level score, look into an immersion program that suits your level, sign up for an appropriate college class or just focus your studies more so that you can improve your vocabulary and reach the next level.
Ding! Congratulations! You now know exactly what level you are in Spanish.
This also gives you something equally important: a goal to strive for. See you at the next level!
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