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

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Employment

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Famous People

  • Gisela Pulido (A1)
    Subject mastery Kwiz

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

  • Rosalía cantante revelación
    Reading exercise

    Learn about the young Spanish singer called Rosalía Vila Tobella whose modern take on flamenco music led her to fame.
  • ¡HOLA!
    listening exercise

    Sandra cannot wait to know who this week's ¡HOLA! exclusive is about.
More Spanish exercises about Famous People >>

Film & TV

More Spanish exercises about Film & TV >>

Food & Drink

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Monuments, Tourism & Vacations

  • Un viaje a Egipto (A2)
    Subject mastery Kwiz

    Choose the correct form of the demonstrative adjective given in the hint. Remember to look for gender and number clues in the rest of the phrase to make sure you get the agreement right.

  • 12 cosas interesantes sobre Nicaragua
    Reading exercise

    Discover 12 interesting facts about Nicaragua! This reading and listening exercise can help you practise tener in the present tense, forming the plural of nouns ending in a consonant (except -z), forming regular masculine and feminine nouns and the preposition en.
  • A big surprise! (B2)
    listening exercise

    Adela tells us about an axciting surprise she got from her boyfriend.
More Spanish exercises about Monuments, Tourism & Vacations >>

Politics & History

  • Fernando VI (A2)
    Subject mastery Kwiz

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

  • Altamira
    listening exercise

    Marta is very excited about her trip to Altamira where she plans to visit some very important prehistoric paintings.
  • Arabismos
    Reading exercise

    This B2 reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Pretérito Perfecto, and El Pretérito Indefinido.
More Spanish exercises about Politics, History & Economics >>

Celebrations & Important Dates

  • ¿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.
  • 2021: the Year of the Ox (C1)
    listening exercise

    Learn about the new Chinese year for 2021.
  • Campana sobre campana
    Reading exercise

    The Christmas bells are ringing with this B1 reading and listening exercise that can help you practise the position of pronouns, diminutives and written accents.
More Spanish exercises about Celebrations & Important Dates >>

Immigration & Citizenship

  • La Constitución española de 1978
    Reading exercise

    Learn about how the Spanish Constitution was established in 1978 following the transition to democracy after years of dictatorship. This C1 exercise can help you practise legal vocabulary, relative pronouns and passive forms.
  • Ciudadanía española: la experiencia de María Virginia
    Reading exercise

    Listen to María Virginia's experience of applying for Spanish nationality and, in particular, the types of questions that came up in the General Culture exam. This A2 exercise can help you practise El Indefinido, El Imperfecto, and the use and position of the preposition de for descriptions.
  • I went back home! (A2)
    listening exercise

    Mariela just returned to her home country and she is very excited about it.
More Spanish exercises about Immigration & Citizenship >>

Language & Education

  • La farándula
    listening exercise

    Leopoldo talks about the word for show business in Spanish.
  • 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.
  • ¿Por qué no has hecho los deberes?
    listening exercise

    Matilda reads her students a funny book of excuses for not doing your homework.
More Spanish exercises about Language & Education >>

Literature, Poetry, Theatre

  • 40 libros que leer antes de los 40
    listening exercise

    Tomas accepted the challenge of reading a selection of 40 books before turning 40.
  • ¿Y tú por qué escribes?
    listening exercise

    Antonio is trying to find out why he wants to do writing therapy.
  • Bodas de Sangre (A1)
    Subject mastery Kwiz

    Fill in the gaps with the right form of El Presente. Note that there is one use of the "Present Historic" where in English we would use the simple past.

More Spanish exercises about Literature, Poetry, Theatre >>

Music

  • A magic piano (B2)
    writing exercise

    Learn about Pablo Alborán and his excellent piano skills.
  • Aguas de marzo
    Reading exercise

    Listen to the Spanish-language version of a song originally written by the Brazilian Tom Jobim.
  • Campana sobre campana
    Reading exercise

    The Christmas bells are ringing with this B1 reading and listening exercise that can help you practise the position of pronouns, diminutives and written accents.
More Spanish exercises about Music >>

Sports & Leisure

More Spanish exercises about Sports & Leisure >>

 
 

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