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General information on the Instituto Cervantes tests to obtain Spanish nationality

On 1 October and 15 October, 2015, two new laws came into force:


Among other requirements, both laws require applicants to pass two exams which are elaborated and administered by the Instituto Cervantes:

Minors and those under guardianship are exempt from taking both tests.

> People who are citizens of countries or territories where Spanish is the official language are exempt from taking the DELE Spanish language exam.
> For information about the DELE exams and how to register, visit the  Instituto Cervantes DELE exams portal.
> For information about the CCSE exam and how to register, visit the "registration" and "exams" sections.
> For information about other requirements needed to obtain Spanish nationality, visit the Spanish Ministry of Justice website.

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Since 2002, the Instituto Cervantes has been responsible for the academic, administrative and economic management of the DELE diplomas. These are official qualifications awarded by the Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. The Instituto Cervantes exams, as with its other evaluation and accreditation services, are elaborated following the specifications set out in the Council of Europe's European Common Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The CEFR guidelines are used in conjunction with the Council of Europe's Manual which helps providers of examinations situate their exams in relation to the CEFR.

In addition, the Instituto Cervantes follows the international standards of the two language assesment and certification services associations to which it belongs, ALTE (on a European level) and SICELE (on a Hispanic level). The Instituto Cervantes follows the standards of the associations in the following procedures:

  • Elaboration and development of tests
  • Exam management and administration arrangements. This includes offering an exam administered under special conditions.
  • Marking and analysis of results. This includes a procedure allowing candidates to request a review of the marks awarded.
  • Information for users. This includes a procedure for dealing with complaints about the CCSE test procedure.

All the information provided here in is for information purposes only. For more detailed information about the CCSE exams, visit the official Instituto Cervantes website.

For any queries related to the information contained on this webpage, as well as additional information about the CCSE exam, you should contact: pruebas.nacionalidad@cervantes.es.

CCSE exam scoring system

The maximum score that can be obtained in the CCSE exam is equal to the number of questions it contains (25 points). To pass the exam you must answer 15 of the 25 questions correctly, i.e. 60% of questions. The same criterion is also applied to the DELE Spanish Diploma Assessment and Certification System.

The CCSE exam consists of 25 questions with just one correct answer and is marked automatically. Correct answers receive 1 point; incorrect answers receive 0 points. Incorrect answers are not penalised. The maximum score that can be obtained in the CCSE exam is equal to the number of questions it contains (25 points). The minimum score to needed to pass the CCSE exam is 15.

In the first part of the exam marking procedure, candidates' answer sheets are marked automatically.  Following this, the Academic Directorate of the Instituto Cervantes analyses the overall results in each centre or country where the exam has been taken to compare the homogeneity of results and analyse any deviation or incidence that may have occurred. Once verified that the marking procedure has been carried out correctly, the marks are approved and the results published.

As soon as the results are published, candidates will be able to sign in to their personal account on the CCSE portal, where they can access their exam certificate. The certificate will show a pass or fail grade and is signed electronically by the Instituto Cervantes. The electronic document is valid for the process of granting or acquiring Spanish nationality, as appropriate, and is valid for four years.

It is important to remember that candidates can take the test a second time without having to pay the registration fee again, in accordance with the conditions established by the Instituto Cervantes.

Eligible candidates

Candidates of any nationality over 18 years of age and with the legal capacity to act can register to take the CCSE test.

Registration and payment

The registration fee for the CCSE exam in 2019 and 2020 is 85 euros. This price includes the exam fees and the CCSE exam preparation manual.

Registration for the CCSE exam gives candidates the right to sit the exam on two occasions. This is only possible if a candidate has not passed the exam on the first attempt, or has not attended the first call.

Registration and payment of fees are done online. Candidates must first register for the CCCSE exam in their users' personal account on the official Instituto Cervantes website.

CIE-UMA exam dates 2020 

Enrolment date: from September 7 2021

EXAMINATION CALL   EXAMS DATES  REGISTRATION DEADLINE 
JULY **  CANCELED July 30th 2020 Until July 9th 2020
SEPTEMBER ** September 24th 2020 Until September 3th 2020
OCTOBER October 8th 2020 Until September 17th 2020 – Extraordinary call  
OCTOBER October 29th 2020 Until October 8th 2020  
NOVEMBER November 12th 2020 Until October 22th 2020 – Extraordinary call 
NOVEMBER November 26th 2020 Until November 5th 2020
2021
JANUARY January 28th 2021
January 7th 2021
FEBRUARY
February 25th 2021
February 4th 2021
MARCH
March 25th 2021
March 4th 2021
APRIL
April 29th 2021
April 8th 2021
MAY
May 27th 2021
May 6th 2021
JUNE
June 24th 2021
June 3rd 2021
JULY
July 29th 2021
July 8th 2021
SEPTEMBER
September 30th 2021
September 9th 2021
OCTOBER
October 28th 2021
October 7th 2021
NOVEMBER
November 25th 2021
November 4th 2021


* The students registered for the call on June will be examined on October 8th.

** The students registered for the call on July will be examined on October 29th.

All the information provided herein is for information purposes only. Exam registration, payment of fees and requests for any additional information must be done through the official Instituto Cervantes website for the CCSE exams. In the event of any discrepancy between the information contained herein and the aforementioned website, the information on the official Instituto Cervantes website will prevail.
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