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.