How to pass my Spanish Citizenship Test and Interview

Applying for Spanish Citizenship? Keep reading to learn about what your Spanish Citizenship Test and Interview will consist of and to get some helpful, practical tips to ace them!


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How to get Spanish Citizenship

Obtaining Spanish citizenship by residency requires living in the country legally (that is, in possession of a residency permit) for up to 10 years.

You will also need to pass a Spanish proficiency test as well as demonstrate your knowledge of Spanish history and culture.

For an overview of the requirements and procedures involved in applying for Spanish citizenship, check out our audio article La nacionalidad española por residencia. We created this feature to help you get the facts AND practise your Spanish at the same time!

For additional information about the conditions and requirements of obtaining Spanish citizenship, see the official sites for the Ministerio de Justicia and the Gobierno de España.

Spanish Proficiency Test and Citizenship Interview

In order to obtain Spanish citizenship, you need to prove your Spanish proficiency by either passing a test or meeting certain criteria (e.g., having a degree from a Spanish university).

The most daunting part of the citizenship process, however, may be the interview, during which you need to demonstrate your knowledge of Spanish history and culture. To learn this information, study the Manual para la preparación de la Prueba de Conocimientos Constitucionales y Socioculturales de España (CCSE).

Our friend María Virginia went through this process a few years ago and shared her experiences and thoughts for our bilingual Reader: Ciudadanía española: la experiencia de María Virginia.

Spanish citizenship: Language proficiency test

The Spanish language level test includes both listening and speaking sections, but there’s a chance you might be eligible to be exempted from it by obtaining an official diploma or certificate to prove you have reached at least B1 level in all four competencies: listening, reading, writing and speaking.


Spanish citizenship: Constitution and Culture test

This is the time to demonstrate your knowledge of Spanish government and culture. As mentioned above, you can take a look at the Manual CCSE to discover the information you'll need.

You are expected to know about things like key dates in Spanish history, Spanish values, important symbols and governmental organisation, among other topics.

How can Progress with Lawless Spanish help me prepare for my Spanish proficiency test and citizenship interview?

The Spanish resources offered throughout Progress with Lawless Spanish will help you steadily improve your language skills. We also have a series of Spanish kwizzes based specifically on the content from the Manuel CCSE so that you can put your Spanish to the test while simultaneously learning this essential information.

  1. Level A1 - Gobierno, legislación y participación ciudadana

  2. Level A2 - Discrimination, National Police and Civil Guard

  3. Level B1 - Art, music, architecture and important events

  4. Level B2 - Spanish geography, weather and food

In addition to the facts and figures from the Manuel CCSE, you'll also need to demonstrate knowledge of and an appreciation for Spanish culture. Progress with Lawless Spanish has a huge body of content related to everything from art to sports that you can use to learn more about the richness of Spanish history and culture.

Art & Design

  • Aprende a decorar mesas navideñas
    Reading exercise

    It’s time to add a seasonal touch to really get in the festive sprit! This exercise can help you practise subordinate clauses in the subjunctive and the indicative plus relative clauses with prepositions.
  • La última cena
    Subject mastery Kwiz

    Fill in the gaps with the right form of the past participle. Watch out the agreement.

  • A Christmas jumper
    writing exercise

    Marcos must wear a Christmas jumper (US: sweater) for a party, but he is not very excited about it.
More Spanish exercises about Art & Design >>


  • Carta para puesto de secretaria
    Subject mastery Kwiz

    Choose the right answer from the hint, consider carefully the position of the pronoun.

  • ¡Por fin soy socorrista!
    Subject mastery Kwiz

    Choose the right past tense from the hint to fill in the blanks: El Pretérito Imperfecto (e.g. "trabajaba"), El Pretérito Indefinido (e.g. "trabajé") or El Pretérito Perfecto Compuesto (e.g. "he trabajado").

  • Cómo escribir un correo electrónico formal
    Reading exercise

    Read and listen to this text describing how to write a formal email.
More Spanish exercises about Employment >>

Famous People

  • Ainhoa Arteta: a Spanish soprano
    listening exercise

    Learn about Ainhoa Arteta, a famous Spanish soprano.
  • Javier Bardem y Penélope Cruz
    Subject mastery Kwiz

    Learn a bit about these two famous Spanish actors. Choose the right verb from the options given: saber or conocer

  • Gisela Pulido
    Subject mastery Kwiz

    Fill in the blanks with the right form of El Presente. Pay attention to the hints!

More Spanish exercises about Famous People >>

Film & TV

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Food & Drink

  • La receta del guacamole
    Subject mastery Kwiz

    Turn the infinitive given in the hint into its imperative form for "tú". Be careful because there are regular and irregular verbs!

  • Baby squid in its ink
    listening exercise

    Sergio tells us how to cook one of his favourite dishes.
  • Las Tapas
    Subject mastery Kwiz

    Choose either El Imperfecto or El Pretérito Indefinido to complete this story. Pay attention to the hints to use the right verb!

More Spanish exercises about Food & Drink >>

Monuments, Tourism & Vacations

  • ¿Cuál es la capital de Bolivia?
    Reading exercise

    Do you know which city is the capital of Bolivia? Not as simple a question as you might think! This exercise can help you practise la pasiva de estado, por mí que vs para mí que, using ni... ni... and subordinate causal clauses.
  • ¿Beach or mountain?
    listening exercise

    Olivia has find the perfect summer destination that means not choosing between the beach and going to the mountains.
  • A big fan of Park Güell
    listening exercise

    Admire the unique Park Guell in Barcelona by Antoni Gaudí.
More Spanish exercises about Monuments, Tourism & Vacations >>

Politics & History

  • Fernando VI
    Subject mastery Kwiz

    Fill in the blanks with the right form of El Pretérito Indefinido (regular and irregular verbs). Pay attention to the hints!

  • El nombre de La Alhambra
    Subject mastery Kwiz

    Conjugate the verb in the hint in El Pretérito Imperfecto, for example: hablar = hablaba

  • Mayo, el mes de las flores
    Subject mastery Kwiz

    Fill in the gaps with the correct conjugated form of the verb. You need to use the pronoun "se" with all verbs.

More Spanish exercises about Politics, History & Economics >>

Celebrations & Important Dates

  • ¿Quién es la Fallera Mayor de Valencia?
    Reading exercise

    Valencia's most spectacular, colourful and noisy celebration is Fallas, which takes place in March every year, culminating on 19 March: the feast day of Saint Joseph. Each year one lucky fallera is selected to be the Fallera Mayor de Valencia. This exercise can help you practise El Presente de Subjuntivo, El Futuro Simple, and the position of adjectives.
  • Adviento
    Subject mastery Kwiz

    Fill in the gaps with the right form of El Presente.

  • ¿Y a ti qué te ha dejado Santa?
    Reading exercise

    It's Christmas morning! Our gift to you is this reading and listening exercise that can help you practise El Pretérito Perfecto and El Imperfecto Progresivo.
More Spanish exercises about Celebrations & Important Dates >>

Immigration & Citizenship

  • La Constitución española
    Reading exercise

    Every 6th of December Spain celebrates El Día de la Constitución. This A1 exercise can help you practise prepositions and El Futuro Próximo.
  • Emigration
    listening exercise

    Roman tells us why he is emigrating and where to.
  • Armed Forces
    listening exercise

    Learn about The Spanish Armed Forces
More Spanish exercises about Immigration & Citizenship >>

Language & Education

  • Una carta importante
    Subject mastery Kwiz

    Choose either por or para to complete the text.

  • A Spanish course in Bogota
    writing exercise

    Patrick tells us about his Spanish course in Colombia.
  • Aulas virtuales
    Reading exercise

    This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Futuro Simple, El Condicional Simple and some expressions followed by El Subjuntivo.
More Spanish exercises about Language & Education >>

Literature, Poetry, Theatre

  • Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    Reading exercise

    On Friday 19th June 2020, the Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón, best known for the novel La Sombra del Viento, passed away. We pay homage with this bilingual reader.
  • And you, why do you write? 
    listening exercise

    Antonio is trying to find out why he wants to do writing therapy.
  • 40 books to read before 40 
    listening exercise

    Tomas accepted the challenge of reading a selection of 40 books before turning 40.
More Spanish exercises about Literature, Poetry, Theatre >>


  • A rock 'n' roll grandmother
    writing exercise

    Sandra tells us about her unconventional grandmother, Carmen.
  • La canción del verano
    Subject mastery Kwiz

    Choose the right option to fill in the gap.

  • A saeta
    writing exercise

    Jaime tells us about his experience in Seville during Easter celebrations.
More Spanish exercises about Music >>

Sports & Leisure

  • Cines de verano al aire libre
    Reading exercise

    Experience the magic of cinema outdoors! This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Presente and El Futuro Próximo.
  • Alquilando un piso
    Reading exercise

    This reading and listening exercise can help you practise pronominal verbs, verbal periphrasis and subordinate clauses.
  • A coffee shop for cats
    writing exercise

    Discover this unusual coffee shop where cats are the stars!
More Spanish exercises about Sports & Leisure >>


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