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LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading

A Listening & Reading exam in Spanish assessing professional competency, aligned to all levels of the CEFR*. Ideal for candidates looking to prove their Spanish language proficiency for work or academic purposes.

About the exam:

  • Developed by the Universidad de Salamanca, the world’s most prominent institution for testing Spanish as a foreign language
  • Paper-based, computer-based or Online
  • Assesses listening and reading skills, as well as command of grammar and vocabulary


Paper-based:

  • Duration 1 hour 50 minutes


Computer-based adaptive:

  • Duration 1 hour
  • For more information: download our Listening & Reading Computer-based Guide for Candidates


Online:

  • Duration 1 hour
  • Candidates can take the exam anytime (24/7/365), anywhere**
  • A real person is always online to guide, support and supervise the candidate

All exam delivery methods lead to the same results, the same certificate and the same international recognition. 

*Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), developed by the Council of Europe, is widely used to describe levels of language proficiency.
**A quiet room without distractions, a computer, a webcam and an internet connection are required.


  • Exam
  • Price in USD

Take an exam at a LanguageCert approved Test Centre or online

Test Centre exams

Take an exam at a LanguageCert approved Test Centre.

Key features
 EXAM LEVEL  A1-C2
FORMAT Paper-based
Computer-based
Online
CERTIFICATE
Awarded for scores of 10 or above out of 100
SKILLS
Listening & Reading
PAPER-BASED  Listening: 50 minutes, 50 questions
Reading:   60 minutes, 60 questions
COMPUTER-BASED Listening:        18 questions
ADAPTIVE/ONLINE
Reading:          30 – 32 questions
Total duration: 60 minutes
ONILINE EXAM Total duration: 60 minutes

 

Exam format
Paper-based 110 minutes
Listening
Listening

50 mins

Reading
Reading

60 mins

Computer-based 60 minutes
Listening
Listening

Approx. 25 mins

Reading
Reading

Approx. 35 mins

Online 60 minutes
Listening
Listening

Approx. 25 mins

Reading
Reading

Approx. 35 mins

Multiple choice

Candidates read a text or listen to a recording and answer questions. Each question has three or four options, only one is correct.

Cloze

Candidates must complete gaps in a text using words or phrases.

Gapped sentences

Candidates complete gaps in sentences by choosing the correct word from four multiple choice options.

Results, certificates and digital badges

Statement of Result (SoR) & e-certificate are sent by email or through the Test Centre;

  • 2 business days for computer-based adaptive exams.
  • 2 business days for Online exams
  • 5 business days for paper-based exams

Digital badges are available on the same day as results.

Hard-copy certificates are sent either to the candidate or to the Test Centre shortly after results are released.

Test Reports displaying the candidate’s overall score, as well as a breakdown of scores for each skill are released upon completing the exam.

Candidates sitting the computer-based exam with a score between 0 and 9 will receive a provisional result of 0.

Grade boundaries
90 – 100
C2
75 – 89
C1
60 – 74
B2
40 – 59
B1
20 - 39 A2
10 - 19 A1
0 - 9 Fail
Breakdown of Levels

CEFR A1

  • Can recognise familiar words, everyday expressions and very basic phrases when people speak slowly and clearly.
  • Can understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences on familiar topics and obtain information from notices, posters and catalogues.

CEFR A2

  • Can understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance such as basic personal and family information, shopping, local area and employment.
  • Can catch the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements.
  • Can read and understand very short, simple texts such as personal letters.
  • Can find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus and timetables.   

CEFR B1

  • Can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Can understand the main point of many radio or TV programmes on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.
  • Can understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency every day or job-related language.
  • Can understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters.

CEFR B2

  • Can understand extended speech and lectures and follow complex lines of argument, provided the topic is reasonably familiar.
  • Can understand most TV news, current affairs programmes and the majority of films in standard dialect.
  • Can read articles and reports concerned with temporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints.
  • Can understand contemporary literary prose.


CEFR C1

  • Can understand an extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signalled explicitly.
  • Can understand TV programmes and films without too much effort.
  • Can understand long and complex factual and literary texts, appreciating distinctions of style.
  • Can understand specialised articles and longer technical instructions that are relevant to various fields.

 

CEFR C2

  • Can understand with ease any kind of spoken language, whether live or broadcast, even when delivered at fast native speed, provided there is a familiarity with the accent.
  • Can read virtually all forms of the written language at ease, including abstract and structurally or linguistically complex texts such as manuals, specialised articles and literary works.