Spanish Language Test

Spanish language tests are designed to evaluate a candidate's level of proficiency in Spanish.

  • What is a Spanish language test?

    A Spanish language test assesses comprehension, grammar, sentence structure, and the nuances of speech in the workplace and everyday life to determine a person’s level of proficiency in reading and writing in Spanish.

    To give an accurate representation of one’s proficiency, the test assesses language from a variety of contexts, including business scenarios, casual and formal communication, and precise translation.

    Performing well in the test indicates the candidate speaks Spanish to a level where they can understand non-complex written material, such as emails or reports, and communicate ideas at an intermediate level with colleagues or clients.

About the Spanish Language Test

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, with over 570 million speakers. Spanish is the official language for twenty countries, including some of the fastest-emerging economies, such as Argentina, Mexico, and Colombia. This makes Spanish a highly valuable language in the business world, and thus a test to assess candidates' proficiency in Spanish can be helpful in the hiring process.

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  • Why should you use a Spanish language test for recruiting?

    Recruiters and hiring managers can find it challenging to gauge a candidate’s precise level of fluency in Spanish, especially if they do not speak the language well enough to assess the candidate themselves. The perception of fluency a candidate has of themselves may be vastly different to what the recruiter is seeking.

    A Spanish language test can eliminate this difficulty, as it is easily administered to a large pool of candidates to assess their proficiency in a fair and accurate way.

    Basic grammar, reading comprehension, and formal idioms are all assessed in the test. All the candidates can then be compared to see who has the highest overall degree of Spanish fluency.

    Applicants who perform highly in the test can then be advanced to the next stage, while those who did not meet the required level are eliminated. This makes for a much more efficient hiring process and ensures you hire the right candidate for your position.

    Job roles for which Spanish proficiency might be a prerequisite include:

    • Interpreter or translators
    • Sales professionals
    • Editors or proofreaders
    • Writers
    • Customer service staff
    • Teachers
    • Pilot or flight attendants

    Proficiency in Spanish may also be useful for organisations who deal with Spanish-speaking clients or with operations in Spanish-speaking markets.

Sample Spanish Language Test question

Ayer solo fui al parque pero mañana iré a la oficina. ¿Cual opción es definitivamente verdad?

  • Fui a la oficina ayer.

  • No tengo planes para mañana.

  • Estoy en el parque ahora.

  • Tengo que trabajar mañana.

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Results for the Spanish Language Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report. The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

How our test assesses Spanish language skills

In Picked's Spanish language test, candidates will need to answer a range of questions covering grammar, spelling, vocabulary, common phrases, and reading comprehension. With a varying degree of difficulty around the Common European Framework B2 (upper-intermediate) level, the questions on the test are intended to determine how well an applicant understands Spanish.

The test avoids requiring any other knowledge from the candidate aside from language proficiency; thus it is general enough to be used for any job requiring Spanish. All questions are multiple-choice, a format familiar to most candidates that allows for immediate, objective scoring.

The multiple-choice questions will consist of three-to-five possible responses, with one correct answer. Aside from the correct answer, the other possible responses are called distractors and are typically common mistakes or misconceptions, which enhance the question's ability to accurately measure a candidate's proficiency.

This test was written, examined and revised by Spanish language and psychometric experts, and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants, who have varying degrees of fluency, just like you might find in a talent pool. We rigorously reviewed and analysed the test during the development process to maximise its reliability and validity in line with industry best practices.

In other words, this test empirically demonstrates consistency and measures the language as intended. Raw scores are provided, which are compared across candidates to see how they perform relative to one another.

This test has been reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues to maximise the candidate's experience. This ensures each candidate has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of Spanish proficiency and feels the test is reasonable.

We also continually monitor and analyse this test to check for fairness issues and optimise performance.

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    We offer Spanish Language tests for all levels so you can assess all roles within your organisation.

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Written by a Spanish Language Test expert

María Fuentes is a linguist who has been teaching Spanish to exchange students at a university for the last 18 years. María's teaching is based on a functional and task-orientated curriculum, using learning and assessment materials she creates herself.

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Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain

FAQs

What level of Spanish is considered fluent?

The Common European Framework (CEF) measures proficiency using six levels. Beginners are classed as A1, and basic Spanish knowledge as A2. Intermediate and upper intermediate proficiency are classed as B1 and B2 respectively, with advanced as C1. Proficiency (C2) is approaching fluency.

How does a Spanish test determine a candidate's level of fluency?

By taking a language test, candidates can demonstrate to a potential employer or educational institution at what level their current competency in Spanish lies. This will often be broken down into categories such as reading, writing, listening and speaking.

What is the cost for Picked's Spanish language test?

Picked operates on a monthly or annual subscription basis. We have several plans to suit your hiring needs, which you can check out here. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us to discuss a custom plan.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes. Simply sign up (no credit card required), and we'll give you a free 7 day trial. You will have unlimited access to create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you want; you won't be charged a penny.

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