Brexit’s effects keep wreaking havoc on British people living in Spain. There are many questions and doubts about their legal status after their country’s exit from the European Union: what will happen with their pensions? And the social security medical assistance? Will they need a special visa to enter our country?
In a previous post we offered you some information about how to become a Spanish citizen and not die trying it. Remember that two exams, administered by the Cervantes Institute, are required: DELE A2 level exam or higher and CCSE test. Today we’ll focus on this last one.
El examen de Conocimientos constitucionales y socioculturales de España – CCSE – (Constitutional and socio-cultural knowledge of Spain exam) is a test where the candidate needs to demonstrate that he or she has the basic knowledge about Spanish law system and culture. The exam is divided in two parts and five tasks with 25 questions in total. At least 15 of them (60%) must be correct to get the certificate.
Parte 1 will enquire the candidates about el Gobierno, la legislación y participación ciudadana en España (the Goverment, the legislation and citizen involvement in Spain). It consists of three tasks:
Tarea 1: the candidate will face 10 multiple answer questions with 3 possible answers, where only one will be correct. Questions about the powers of the State Goverment, institutions, rights and duties, and citizen involvement will be answered here. For example:
Los diputados del Congreso son elegidos para (the members of the parliament are elected for):
a) 3 años b) 4 años c) 5 años
Tarea 2: the aspirant needs to answer 3 questions choosing true or false options. Rights and duties from the Spanish Constitution will be included in this task. For example:
La enseñanza de las lenguas cooficiales es competencia… (learning of co-official languages is competency of):
a) del Estado b) de la comunidad autónoma c) del gobierno provincial
Tarea 3: knowledge about territorial organization and physical and political geography of Spain is required in task 3. Just 2 multiple answer questions with 3 possible answers. Graphics or maps can be attached to the questions. For example:
El principal río que desemboca en el mar Mediterráneo es el… (the main river that flows into the Mediterranean is the):
a) Ebro b) Duero c) Tajo
Parte 2 contains questions about cultura, historia y sociedad españolas (Spanish culture, history and society). It consists of two tasks:
Tarea 4: 3 multiple answer questions with 3 possible answers will be found in this part. Traditions, art, culture and historical facts are the topics for these questions. For example:
En el Museo del Prado se puede ver el cuadro (in the Prado Museum you can see the painting):
a) Las Meninas, de Velázquez b) El Guernica, de Picasso c) El enigma sin fin, de Salvador Dalí
Tarea 5: the last 7 multiple answer questions with 3 possible answers of the test. The candidates will show his/her knowledge about daily life aspects, social behaviours and administrative processings. For example:
La baja por maternidad en España, de carácter general por un solo hijo, puede ser de hasta (the maternity leave in Spain, generally for one child, can last from up to:
a) 10 semanas b) 16 semanas c) 20 semanas
As you can see, it may seem an easy exam but some of these questions can be harsh even for Spaniards. Since the CCSE is written totally in Spanish you will need to get at least A2 level (we recommend B1) to understand the questions. Don’t stay out of Spain because of Brexit. Secure your future in our country. Reserve a Skype free trial class on www.spanishviaskype.com, because un español nace donde quiere (a Spaniard is born where he/she wants).
Some interesting links that will help you prepare this test: