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LanguageCert USAL esPro Writing

A Writing exam in Spanish assessing professional competency, aligned to all levels of the CEFR*. Ideal for candidates looking to prove their written 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  
  • Duration 45 minutes
  • Assesses writing skills, as well as command of grammar and vocabulary
  • Exam is divided into 2 parts; Email and Report or Letter


Email

  • Write a short message of 50 – 60 words using the information provided
  • Cover all points provided in the instructions


Report or Letter

  • Write a longer text of 180 – 200 words in the appropriate style
  • Cover all points provided in the instructions

*Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), developed by the Council of Europe, is widely used to describe levels of language proficiency.


Test Centre exams

Take an exam at a LanguageCert approved Test Centre.

Key features
EXAM LEVEL  A1-C2
FORMAT Paper-based
CERTIFICATE
Awarded for scores of 10 or above out of 100
SKILLS
Writing

 

Exam format
Paper-based
LanguageCert language exams - writing
Writing

45 mins

Writing

Part 1 : 50 – 60 words
Task:

  • Candidates write a short message, fax, letter or email using the information provided
  • It is important to cover all the points provided in the instructions
  • The response should be between 50 and 60 words long


Part 2 : 180 – 200 words

Task:

  • Candidates write a letter or a report of 180 – 200 words in the appropriate style
  • Candidates need to cover all the points provided in the instructions
Results, certificates and digital badges

Statement of Result (SoR) & e-certificate are sent by email or through the Test Centre in 10 business days

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.

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.
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