In October 2015, two new laws went into effect that modified the requirements to qualify for Spanish citizenship. Among other requirements, both laws call for a pass mark on the exams designed and administered by the Cervantes Institute (minors and persons under guardianship are exempt from the two exams):
- Spanish Diploma DELE A2 level or higher: a test proving a basic knowledge of the Spanish language. Those who are nationals of places where Spanish is the official language shall be exempt from this test.
- CCSE test (constitutional and socio-cultural knowledge of Spain): a test demonstrating knowledge of the Spanish Constitution and social and cultural aspects of Spain.
Today, we are going to learn a little bit more about The Knowledge test on Spanish Constitution, Society and Culture (CCSE), which is conducted by the Cervantes Institute. This test consists of 25 closed-ended answer questions, 15 of which must be answered correctly. Sixty per cent of the questions are on matters regarding the Spanish government, law and citizenship, and the remaining 40% is on Spanish culture, history and society.
Registration for this test costs 85 euros and it must be made online at the Cervantes Institute website. Registration entitles candidates to sit two exam sessions, both at the same centre. If the certificate is not obtained in the first sitting, candidates will have a second opportunity to sit the test within the 18 months after the first sitting, without having to pay another fee.
Check out the exam dates:
- January 26th, 2017 (Registration deadline: January 5th)
- February 23rd, 2017 (Registration deadline: February 2nd)
- March 30th, 2017 (Registration deadline: March 9th)
- May 25th, 2017 (Registration deadline: May 4th)
- June 29th, 2017 (Registration deadline: June 8th)
- September 28th, 2017 (Registration deadline: September 7th)
- October 26th, 2017 (Registration deadline: October 5th)
- November 30th, 2017 (Registration deadline: November 9th)
Once the test has been made, the Cervantes Institute will publish the results and will inform each candidate by email, within approximately 20 days. Candidates have one month from the publication of the results to submit a request for exam revision, if required. This Digital Certificate has an official character, as it is electronically signed by the Cervantes Institute. This certificate is valid for 4 years.
What benefits do you have if you get the Spanish citizenship? You can live and work in any part of the EU and the EEA (it would cover most of Western Europe including the UK, Norway, Switzerland and other microstates such as Andorra and Liechtenstein) without any restrictions. You can be outside the country for an indefinite period of time without worrying about not being able to return later and, of course, you can vote and participate in Spanish and other European elections.
REMEMBER: If you want to get ready for the DELE exam or the CCSE test you need to speak Spanish!! We can help you! Go ahead and ask us for a free trial class (20 minutes) to check out our methodology. We are waiting for you!