Exams and Certificates

Spanish

We offer exam sessions at the end of each module 2, that is, every two months. The exams always take place on the last week of the course. Please, find below the exam dates and the description of the exams.

 

Exam dates 2020-2021 

21 - 22 October 2020

16 - 17 December 2020

3 - 4 March 2021

5 - 6 May 2021

30 June - 1 July 2021

25 - 26 August 2021

 

Exam description

UAB Idiomes exams are proficiency exams, meaning that they test knowledge and communicative skills from an external perspective, regardless of the course taken, in line with the descriptors of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) for each level.

Level A1
 
CHARACTERISTICS
 
The Spanish A1 level exam is in four parts.
 
1. Reading comprehension
This paper assesses comprehension of simple factual or descriptive texts, instructions, messages, signs, posters and announcements.
It consists of at least two exercises and at most four. Possible exercise types are multiple-choice questions, questions with short answers, sentences with gaps to be filled in, matching or ordering. The paper has 20 items, and all have the same weight within the paper as a whole.
 
2. Listening comprehension
This paper assesses global listening comprehension, and the ability to understand conversations between native speakers, announcements and instructions.
It consists of at least two exercises and at most four. Possible exercise types are multiple-choice questions, questions with short answers, sentences with gaps to be filled in, matching or ordering. The paper has 20 items, and all have the same weight within the paper as a whole.
 
The audio tracks are played twice.
 
3. Writing
This paper involves writing two texts: one that is transactional (postcards, emails, forms, etc.) and one that is descriptive. The minimum number of words is 80 and the maximum 100. Both tasks have the same weight.
 
4. Speaking
This paper is taken individually and has three parts:
1)    personal introduction with visual support
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2)    brief monologue on a personal topic with visual support
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3)    guided interaction with the examiner on a topic of personal interest.
 
EXAMPLES OF EXAM PAPERS
Sample tasks A1
 
DURATION
The reading comprehension paper, the listening comprehension paper and the writing paper last a maximum of 120 minutes. The speaking paper lasts 10 minutes, approximately.
 
CRITERIA FOR PASSING
All the papers have a weighting of 25%.
 
Level A1 is passed if both conditions set out below are fulfilled:
1. Obtaining a score of at least 50% in each paper: reading comprehension, listening comprehension, speaking and writing.
2. Obtaining the minimum overall score for a pass at this level: 60%. 
 
MARKING PROCEDURES
The reading and listening comprehension papers are marked by an examiner using an answer key.
 
The writing paper is marked by one or more examiners based on the set criteria, which assess: a) overall impression, task achievement and register; b) lexical range and accuracy; c) grammatical range and accuracy, and d) organisation, coherence and cohesion. Papers will be double-marked whenever possible.
 
The speaking test is scored by two examiners in accordance with the assessment criteria: a) fluency, coherence and cohesion; b) lexical range and accuracy; c) grammatical range and accuracy, and d) appropriacy and task achievement. The examiners must reach a consensus on the marks to be given.

Level A2
 
CHARACTERISTICS
 
The Spanish A2 level exam is in four parts.
 
1. Reading comprehension
This paper assesses comprehension of simple factual or descriptive texts, instructions, messages, signs, posters and announcements.
It consists of at least two exercises and at most four. Possible exercise types are multiple-choice questions, questions with short answers, sentences with gaps to be filled in, matching or ordering. The paper has 20 items, and all have the same weight within the paper as a whole.
 
2. Listening comprehension
This paper assesses global listening comprehension, and the ability to understand conversations between native speakers, announcements and instructions.
It consists of at least two exercises and at most four. Possible exercise types are multiple-choice questions, questions with short answers, sentences with gaps to be filled in, matching or ordering. The paper has 20 items, and all have the same weight within the paper as a whole.
 
The audio tracks are played twice.
 
3. Writing
This paper involves writing two texts: one that is transactional (postcards, emails, forms, etc.) and one that is descriptive. The minimum number of words is 150 and the maximum 200. Both tasks have the same weight.
 
4. Speaking
This paper is taken individually and has three parts:
1)    Personal introduction.
2)    Brief descriptive monologue based on a photograph. 
3)    Guided interaction between the candidates with visual prompts, for wich candidates are given one or two minutes to prepare. 
 
EXAMPLES OF EXAM PAPERS
Sample tasks A2
 
DURATION
The reading comprehension paper, the listening comprehension paper and the writing paper last a maximum of 120 minutes. The speaking paper lasts 20 minutes, approximately.
 
CRITERIA FOR PASSING
All the papers have a weighting of 25%.
 
Level A2 is passed if both conditions set out below are fulfilled:
1. Obtaining a score of at least 50% in each paper: reading comprehension, listening comprehension, speaking and writing.
2. Obtaining the minimum overall score for a pass at this level: 60%. 
 
MARKING PROCEDURES
The reading and listening comprehension papers are marked by an examiner using an answer key.
 
The writing paper is marked by one or more examiners based on the set criteria, which assess: a) overall impression, task achievement and register; b) lexical range and accuracy; c) grammatical range and accuracy, and d) organisation, coherence and cohesion. Papers will be double-marked whenever possible.
 
The speaking test is scored by two examiners in accordance with the assessment criteria: a) fluency, coherence and cohesion; b) lexical range and accuracy; c) grammatical range and accuracy, and d) appropriacy and task achievement. The examiners must reach a consensus on the marks to be given.

Level B1
 
CHARACTERISTICS
 
The Spanish B1 level exam is in four parts.
 
1. Reading comprehension
This paper assesses comprehension of simple factual or descriptive texts, instructions, messages, signs, posters and announcements.
It consists of at least two exercises and at most four. Possible exercise types are multiple-choice questions, questions with short answers, sentences with gaps to be filled in, matching or ordering. The paper has 20 items, and all have the same weight within the paper as a whole.
 
2. Listening comprehension
This paper assesses global listening comprehension, and the ability to understand conversations between native speakers, announcements and instructions.
It consists of at least two exercises and at most four. Possible exercise types are multiple-choice questions, questions with short answers, sentences with gaps to be filled in, matching or ordering. The paper has 20 items, and all have the same weight within the paper as a whole.
 
The audio tracks are played twice.
 
3. Writing
This paper involves writing two texts: one that is transactional (postcards, emails, forms, etc.) and one that is descriptive. The minimum number of words is 250 and the maximum 350. Both tasks have the same weight.
 
4. Speaking
This paper is taken individually and has three parts:
1)    Guided conversation: personal introduction in a dialogue with the examiner.
2)    Descriptive monologue based on a photograph. 
3)    Guided interaction between the candidates with visual prompts, for wich candidates are given one or two minutes to prepare. 
 
EXAMPLES OF EXAM PAPERS
Sample tasks B1
 
DURATION
The reading comprehension paper, the listening comprehension paper and the writing paper last a maximum of 150 minutes. The speaking paper lasts 20 minutes, approximately.
 
CRITERIA FOR PASSING
All the papers have a weighting of 25%.
 
Level B1 is passed if both conditions set out below are fulfilled:
1. Obtaining a score of at least 50% in each paper: reading comprehension, listening comprehension, speaking and writing.
2. Obtaining the minimum overall score for a pass at this level: 60%. 
 
MARKING PROCEDURES
The reading and listening comprehension papers are marked by an examiner using an answer key.
 
The writing paper is marked by one or more examiners based on the set criteria, which assess: a) overall impression, task achievement and register; b) lexical range and accuracy; c) grammatical range and accuracy, and d) organisation, coherence and cohesion. Papers will be double-marked whenever possible.
 
The speaking test is scored by two examiners in accordance with the assessment criteria: a) fluency, coherence and cohesion; b) lexical range and accuracy; c) grammatical range and accuracy, and d) appropriacy and task achievement. The examiners must reach a consensus on the marks to be given.

Level B2
 
CHARACTERISTICS
 
The Spanish B2 level exam is in four parts.
 
1. Reading comprehension
This paper assesses comprehension of simple factual or descriptive texts, instructions, messages, signs, posters and announcements.
It consists of at least two exercises and at most four. Possible exercise types are multiple-choice questions, questions with short answers, sentences with gaps to be filled in, matching or ordering. The paper has 20 items, and all have the same weight within the paper as a whole.
 
2. Listening comprehension
This paper assesses global listening comprehension, and the ability to understand conversations between native speakers, announcements and instructions.
It consists of at least two exercises and at most four. Possible exercise types are multiple-choice questions, questions with short answers, sentences with gaps to be filled in, matching or ordering. The paper has 20 items, and all have the same weight within the paper as a whole.
 
The audio tracks are played twice.
 
3. Writing
This paper involves writing two texts: one that is transactional (postcards, emails, forms, etc.) and one that is descriptive. The minimum number of words is 325 and the maximum 450. Both tasks have the same weight.
 
4. Speaking
This paper is taken individually and has three parts:
1)    Guided conversation: personal introduction in a dialogue with the examiner.
2)    Monologue putting a case, based on a text prompt.
3)    Guided interaction between the candidates with visual prompts, for wich candidates are given one or two minutes to prepare. 

Before the test, the candidates have 15 minutes to prepare part 2. 
 
EXAMPLES OF EXAM PAPERS
Sample tasks B1
 
DURATION
The reading comprehension paper, the listening comprehension paper and the writing paper last a maximum of 180 minutes. The exam is divided into two 90-minute periods, with a 30-minute break between them. The speaking test lasts approximately 20 minutes, plus 15 minutes beforehand to prepare.
 
CRITERIA FOR PASSING
All the papers have a weighting of 25%.
 
Level B2 is passed if both conditions set out below are fulfilled:
1. Obtaining a score of at least 50% in each paper: reading comprehension, listening comprehension, speaking and writing.
2. Obtaining the minimum overall score for a pass at this level: 60%. 
 
MARKING PROCEDURES
The reading and listening comprehension papers are marked by an examiner using an answer key.
 
The writing paper is marked by one or more examiners based on the set criteria, which assess: a) overall impression, task achievement and register; b) lexical range and accuracy; c) grammatical range and accuracy, and d) organisation, coherence and cohesion. Papers will be double-marked whenever possible.
 
The speaking test is scored by two examiners in accordance with the assessment criteria: a) fluency, coherence and cohesion; b) lexical range and accuracy; c) grammatical range and accuracy, and d) appropriacy and task achievement. The examiners must reach a consensus on the marks to be given.