What if I told you that self-assessment is even more important than real exams?
Or that you could learn more by reviewing your own mistakes than by having your answers corrected by a teacher?
No, I haven’t gone crazy. I’m just spilling the tea!
Don’t get me wrong. I’m a language teacher and it’s my job to check my students’ homework. I give them tests and exams and I try to assess their progress every chance I get.
But after so many years of teaching, I’ve realized that reviewing your own work and consciously thinking about your mistakes can help you learn even more.
This is great news for anyone not learning with a Spanish teacher or in a class because it means that you can assess your own progress by yourself and even improve thanks to it.
All you need are some Spanish quizzes to get you started.
Luckily, we’ve got 14 amazing quiz resources right here for you!
But first, let’s talk about the benefits of self-guided quizzes and how to get the best results from them.
How Taking a Spanish Quiz Can Help Your Learning
What’s that? How can self-assessment allow someone to get better?
There are several reasons, but if I spent the following hour talking about them you’d probably get very bored and leave.
However, I can tell you what I consider the three main pros of testing your language skills by yourself:
First of all, cramming information only to spit it all out in an exam and forget about it isn’t very conducive to learning.
When you correct your own mistakes and explain why you made the mistake in the first place, you feel obliged to think, understand, research and justify your answer. This means you’ll be able to find where your knowledge black holes are and consciously address the issues and fill the gaps.
Second of all, you’ll unconsciously learn while correcting your mistakes.
I always tell my students the same (true) story of a childhood friend of mine who spent a whole Sunday writing notes on the palm of his hand because he didn’t want to study. He came to school in tears because his notes had almost disappeared during the night… Then he sat through the exam and got 95%!
By working on what he didn’t know, he unintentionally learned, and so can a person who focuses on their errors and tries to correct them.
Last but not least, self-assessment is fun! It makes you more engaged in your learning path.
Even if you treat it like a break from studying or a competition with a friend, the fact remains that you engage in the activity and try to get the most of it. You might even like feeling like a teacher for a bit!
Now that you understand how useful taking Spanish quizzes can be, it’s time for you to start practicing self-assessment and put your language skills to the test.
In this post, you’ll find different sites where you can test your Spanish and learn from your mistakes. Remember that every mistake is just a chance to have a deeper look at the topic in question and learn more about it.
You’ll discover areas that may be problematic, which will motivate you to revisit and perfect them. There may also be topics that feel like a walk in the park, and that should make you feel proud of yourself!
But above all, you’ll learn how to be one step closer to your objective of fluency! And I’m sure you’ll take advantage of self-assessment many, many times in the years to come.
Get ready to test your Spanish!
14 Spanish Quiz Websites to Put Your Language Skills to the Test
I’ve divided this list of websites into two groups: placement tests and quiz sites.
Use the placement tests to get a general overview of the status quo of your Spanish, then go on to the quizzes in order to discover and improve the areas where you need more work.
Spanish Level Tests
Placement/level tests allow you to assess where you are exactly in your road to becoming a master of the Spanish language. Try the following tests to discover if you’re still at a beginner level or if you’ve leveled up to another category!
The Cambridge Institute’s placement test is a 60-question test in which you choose one out of six possible answers in order to complete the sentences correctly.
It covers Spanish grammar (tenses, prepositions, etc.) and vocabulary in depth. Even though the last 20 questions are really challenging, the first 20 are very accessible for all levels.
You don’t have a time limit to complete the test, but you do need to do it all in one sitting. Don’t close the website or you’ll lose all your progress!
When you complete your test, you’re asked for your name and email address. After around 15 minutes, you’ll get an email with your score and level as well as a link to a table showing you where you fall on the language-learning spectrum.
The placement test on the Cervantes website is divided into five levels. You have to pass one level in order to be allowed to progress to the next one.
Once you’ve finished a level, you get the answers to the questions you got wrong and are either told your level of Spanish or are granted access to the next stage of the test. If you don’t pass one level, your test ends.
The questions in the Cervantes test are everyday sentences you have to complete with one of three options.
As expected from Cervantes, the test covers practically all aspects of grammar and vocabulary possible, but it does it in a very approachable way, so even beginners can have a go at it!
Enter your name and email address to get access to this 40-question placement test.
I must confess that this is one of the easiest tests I’ve ever seen and the results tend to be about two levels higher than they really should be (I answered 20 of the 40 questions wrong on purpose and got a C2-Proficiency level!).
However, as the first contact with placement tests, this would be a perfect choice.
Even though the Lengalia placement test is the shortest in this list (it only has 20 questions), it’s one of my favorites because it includes not only grammar and vocabulary but also reading comprehension and listening exercises!
The test is fairly short and easy, but it’s very, very accurate when it comes to the level it places you in.
Give it a try if you want to check all your skills at once!
I know this 30-question test may look a little… less fancy when compared to the other ones in this list, but it’s another great way to test your Spanish language skills if you’re a beginner or intermediate learner.
The test includes all kinds of challenging exercises, but only up to level B2—so if you’re an advanced student, this isn’t the test for you.
Spanish Quizzes Galore!
The following websites are the perfect places to practice different areas of learning and self-assessment. Get ready for an explosion of quizzes!
This website’s the perfect place to do hundreds of quizzes and exercises and get feedback within seconds!
The exercises are divided by level (choose the one you want on the left side of your screen), and each level is divided into different categories: grammar exercises, situation exercises, cultural studies and vocabulary exercises.
Each category contains different topics, so you can choose the one you want to review or study. Individual topics also include different exercises, which you can see on the left-hand side of the page.
When you finish an exercise, click on “Check Answer” to see how you’ve done.
Are numbers your kryptonite? Not anymore!
With this targeted quiz, you’ll be able to practice numbers over and over again until you become a pro!
Decide the type of numbers you want to practice (cardinal or ordinal), choose your quiz level and get ready to rock those Spanish numbers.
FluentU offers quizzes with a twist: Each quiz adapts to your learning and only questions you on words you haven’t mastered yet. Quizzes also combine reading with audio and visual cues by using videos to test your understanding.
These quizzes are used in conjunction with FluentU’s main mode of learning, in the form of authentic, immersive video clips. FluentU takes such real-world videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.
In addition to videos and quizzes, you’ll also find flashcards, vocabulary lists, interactive subtitles and much more in your FluentU learning experience!
Try it in your browser or download the app for on-the-go learning.
I know BuzzFeed isn’t the place you’d normally go to in order to take a Spanish language test, but this basic Spanish quiz is fun enough to be included on this list.
The questions are very random and don’t follow any specific topic or level, but it’s especially useful as each option is explained and translated. A quiz is a quiz!
I was very hesitant about this page when I first found it. All the tests? That’s like an ice-cream parlor stating they have all the flavors in the world!
When I had a look, however, I was pleasantly surprised. This resource contains 68 Spanish tests and quizzes to choose from.
Each test has from zero to five stars depending on how other users have rated it and contains a brief description of its content, the number of questions and the name of the test’s creator.
There are all kinds of topics to choose from, including colors, greetings, negative commands, business Spanish, verbs and more. If you’re at the beginning of your language journey, I really recommend you start with this site!
If you want to test your Spanish vocabulary, JetPunk is the place for you. Scroll down a little until you reach the “All Spanish Language Vocabulary Quizzes” section and choose the topic you want to work on.
This page is especially nice because it makes you focus 100% on what you’re doing, and the reason is… the quizzes are timed! Once you click on “Start Quiz,” a countdown starts, making you feel that nervous rush you’d feel in a real exam. I love that!
At the end of your quiz, you’ll get your scoring and some answer stats in case you’re interested.
The site also has a level up system, so the more you test yourself, the higher your level will be. Let the competition begin!
This site is a great page to test your Spanish, especially if you’re a beginner or intermediate learner. The quizzes are divided into many different categories and each category has different exercises and levels.
This is also a great place if you want to test your listening skills because every single word and expression has a recording by a Spanish native speaker.
I use this page often with my first-year students because it’s very colorful and interactive. Besides, each student can choose the type of games or quizzes they want to do.
Select the type of exercise you want to try and you’ll see a really long list of topics on the left side of your screen. Choose the topic you want to practice and an exercise or game will be generated for you to have fun while learning.
It really can’t get more personalized than that!
Among all the sites included in this post, this is undoubtedly the one use the most often. It’s an incredibly complete site on Spanish learning!
When you open the page you’ll notice that there are three colors. These are the color codes for the three levels you can choose from: green is for beginners, yellow for intermediate learners and pink for advanced warriors.
Green includes two pages full of every kind of tests you could possibly imagine. Yellow has another two pages and pink consists of one page. The exercises included in these five pages are mainly about grammar and vocabulary, but there’s much more to be done on this site!
If you go to the main page you’ll have a list of topics in Spanish. Click on the topic of your choice and you’ll get a full list of exercises specifically covering that topic!
If you have a look on the left side of your screen, you’ll find yet another list of categories, from grammar to vocabulary, readings, dictations, videos and podcasts. You can literally find everything there! Click on a category and a new tab will open with a list of exercises and quizzes covering that category.
What more could you ask for?
This concludes our list of 14 great websites where you can test your Spanish language skills by yourself. Remember the importance of carrying out your own assessment and don’t forget that practice makes perfect!
If you feel your Spanish is getting rusty or needs a little push forward, visit the sites covered in this post and you’ll get back on track in a jiffy!
Become your own teacher and it’ll take you one step closer to fluency.
I hope you guys have enjoyed this post as much as I have enjoyed writing it.
Stay curious and happy learning!
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