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LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading

LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading

A Listening & Reading test of Spanish language, ideal for candidates who need to prove their knowledge for work or education purposes, developed by the University of Salamanca, the world’s most prominent institution for Spanish.

The LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading test is offered at Approved Test Centres, in paper and computer-based format. Both formats lead to same results and to the same certificate depending on the candidate’s performance. However, the computer-based test is significantly shorter than the paper-based one.  To find out more about how the computer-based test works, you can download the LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading Computer-Based Guide for Candidates.

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Key benefits




for scores 10 or above out of 100


Listening & Reading




Exam Duration

PAPER BASED 110 minutes
Listening 50 minutes
Reading 60 minutes
Listening ca. 25 minutes
Reading ca. 35 minutes
ONLINE EXAM 60 minutes
Listening ca. 25 minutes
Reading ca. 35 minutes

The test assesses the candidates’ listening and reading skills, as well as knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in the Spanish language.


The test includes the following task types:

  • Multiple choice: candidates read a text or listen to a recording and then answer questions. Each question has three or four options, only one of which is correct.
  • Cloze: candidates are given a text with gaps, where words or phrases are missing.
  • Gapped sentences: candidates are given individual sentences each with one word missing. They choose the correct word to fill the gap from the four options given.



Paper-based version

Computer-based version







Listening: 50 min

4 parts / 50 questions

60 min

18 questions

Reading: 60 min

2 parts / 60 questions

30 – 32 questions

Total: 110 min

Total: 110 questions

Total: 48 - 50 questions



For more detailed information on the format and the task types of the Speaking test, please download the Handbook for Candidates:

Fast results and certificates:

  • Statement of Result (SoR) & e-certificate in 5 business days (paper-based) and 2 business days (computer-based and online), by email to you or through your Test Centre (only for classroom exams)
  • Digital Badge same day with the results, by email to you
  • Hard-copy certificates shortly after results release, sent to you or your Test Centre (only for classroom exams)


LanguageCert USAL esPro scores 

Candidates’ performance is measured on a scale of 1 to 100 and is mapped to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) as follows:


LanguageCert USAL esPro Scores

CEFR Levels

90 – 100


75 – 89


60 – 74


40 – 59 


20 – 39 


10 – 19


0 – 9



Test takers upon the completion of the test will receive:

  • Test Report, where the candidate’s overall score, as well as separate scores for each language skill examined are presented in a clear and easy-to-understand way
  • Certificate, where the candidate’s results corresponding to a level from A1 to C2 are presented, for scores of 10 or above
  • Digital Badge, where the candidate’s results corresponding to a level from A1 to C2 are presented, for scores of 10 or above


Please note that if a candidate’s score is between 0 – 9, the provisional results after finishing the Computer-based test will show a score of 0.


What does each level mean?



You can use everyday expressions and very basic phrases for practical needs, ask and answer questions about personal details, understand short texts on familiar topics, obtain information from signs and symbols and write simple sentences in documents, e.g. forms.



You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions, communicate in tasks requiring exchange of information, obtain information from short documents, familiar sources, signs and symbols, and write to communicate with some awareness of intended audience.



You can understand main points of clear standard communication, convey information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics, engage in discussion to reach shared understanding, produce simple connected text and describe experiences, events, hopes and ambitions.



You can understand main ideas of complex communication, interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity without strain for either party, engage in discussion in familiar and unfamiliar situations, and communicate in detail, appropriate to purpose and audience.



You can understand demanding texts and recognise implicit meaning, use language fluently and spontaneously, engage in discussion making clear and effective contributions, produce well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects and communicate ideas effectively.



You can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read, summarise information, reconstruct arguments and accounts coherently, and express yourself spontaneously, fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.