Exam structure

Listening tasks
Rading tasks
Writing tasks
Speaking tasks

Learning objectives

  • Process with ease a wide variety of oral and written texts of considerable length, in any variant of the language, even recognizing in them implicit meanings, attitudes or intentions;
  • Express yourself fluently, spontaneously and without apparent effort; always finding the right expression to the situation and the context, framed in the social, work-related or academic field;
  • Use the language with flexibility and efficiency, demonstrating the correct use in the elaboration of complex texts and in the use of the mechanisms of organization and cohesion that allow articulating them.

Exam grade

The maximum score for the exam is 100 points and it is divided in two groups:

Group 1: Reading skills (25 points) + Writing skills (25 points).
Group 2: Listening skills (25 points) + Speaking (25 points).

There are two possible grades: “Pass” or “Fail”.  “Pass”  means the score is equal to or higher than 30 points in each one of the groups.

Exam dates this year

July 10th, 2020 (register before May 13th)

November 13th and 14th, 2020 (register before October 7th)

More info on the official site of IC

Specific structure of each section

Task 1, 3: Read a text and answer six questions with three options each.

Task 2: Read an incomplete text and identify, among seven available fragments, those that complete the six spaces given.

Task 4: Read six texts and relate them with eight brief statements.

Task 5: Read a text with fourteen spaces and choose one of the three options available for each space.


Task 1: Listen to a monologue and complete six sentences with six options out of the twelve available.

Task 2: Listen to four conversations and answer eight questions with three response options each.

Task 3: Listen to an interview or debate and answer six questions with three response options each.

Task 4: Listen to ten short dialogues and answer ten questions with three response options each.


Task 1: Understand an oral text, take notes and write a text that contains a personal opinion on the subject dealt with in the entry text.

Task 2: Write an argumentative or epistolary text based on a given information, expanding and transferring data in order to persuade, argue, evaluate or give your opinion, and adapting the message to the style of the text gender that is requested. The candidate chooses between two options.

Task 1: Make a short monologue from a text. The candidate chooses between two options. 

Task 2: Hold a conversation with the interviewer based on the opinion expressed by the candidate in the previous task.

Task 3: Participate in a conversation with the interviewer to reach an agreement, based on graphic or visual stimuli.

General tips and tricks

  • Correct answers score 1 point, while incorrect answers don't score any points. This means it's best to complete all the questions as wrong answers will not be penalized.​
  • It is important to practice with real life timing for each section, you can find sample models of the exams on the Instituto Cervantes' website
  • Stay updated on news topics that generally appear in this exam (society, politics, environment...)

Practice of each section

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