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LanguageCert USAL esPro FAQ

Why choose LanguageCert USAL esPro?
  • There are three separate tests (Listening & Reading, Writing, Speaking) leading to three separate certificates. The tests can be taken together or independently according to your needs (e.g. Speaking can be taken as a standalone exam if only proof of speaking ability is required).
  • There is no "Pass" or "Fail" mark and you receive a grade on a scale of 0 to 100 aligned to the CEFR. If you achieve a grade of 10 or above, you will receive a Certificate placing you between A1 and C2 level, depending on your performance.
  • The Listening & Reading and Writing tests are available as Paper-based, Computer-based and as well as Online exams with remote, live invigilation.
  • The Listening & Reading delivered as Computer-based or as online exam is a computer-based adaptive test.
  • The Speaking test is available only as a face-to-face interview with an appointed Interlocutor at an Approved Test Centre.
  • You will receive a Test report, an e-certificate and a hard-copy certificate, providing feedback on your performance by skill. Digital badges are released as well.
How is LanguageCert USAL esPro assessing Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking?

LanguageCert USAL esPro assesses the 4 skills through the following three tests:

  • LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading: Paper-based, Computer-based and as Online exam with remote, live invigilation.
  • LanguageCert USAL esPro Writing: Paper-based, Computer-based and as Online exam with remote, live invigilation.
  • LanguageCert USAL esPro Speaking: Paper-based (one-to-one interview with an approved or appointed Interlocutor of Universidad de Salamanca).

Candidates may take each test separately or in any combination based on their specific needs.

What can I use a LanguageCert USAL esPro certification for?

LanguageCert USAL esPro certifications are multi-purpose and are indicated for:

  • Students who need Spanish language evidence for entry/exit requirements or who are applying to specific programs or projects where Spanish language is required
  • Young professionals who need to provide evidence of their Spanish level to potential employers 
  • Professionals who require a professional Spanish certification to advance their career
  • Learners who have attended a Spanish language course and want to certify their knowledge. 
What is the duration of each test?

Test

Duration

Computer-based

Listening & Reading

≃ 60 minutes

Writing

45 minutes

Paper-based

Listening & Reading

Listening: 50 minutes

Reading: 60 minutes

Writing

45 minutes

Speaking

≃ 15 minutes


How does LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading Computer-based Adaptive test work?

The Computer-based Adaptive version is available only for the Listening & Reading test of USAL esPro exams and consists of a wide range of questions that cover all levels of language proficiency (from basic, A1, to advanced, C2). Questions appear on the computer screen and candidates use their keyboard and mouse to respond. The adaptive feature uses state-of-the-art assessment technology and questions are automatically selected based on the candidate’s response, becoming progressively easier or more difficult, adapting uniquely to each candidate’s skills. If the candidate gives a wrong answer, an easier question follows, if the candidate gives a correct answer, the next question will be more difficult.

Do Paper-based and Computer-based versions have the same duration?

The LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading Computer-based Adaptive Test offers:

  • a shorter in length testing session than the Paper-based version, since a smaller number of questions is needed to determine the candidate’s level.
  • test lasts ≃60 minutes, while the Paper-based version lasts 110 minutes, and evaluates reading and listening skills, knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, same as the Paper-based version.
  • At the end of the exam, the candidate can see the provisional results of the exam. Please note that these results are subject to verification by LanguageCert.

For LanguageCert USAL esPro Writing test, the Computer-based version is identical to the Paper-based. The two tests have the same content and the same length. Only the delivery method differs.

How is the Speaking test conducted?

LanguageCert USAL esPro Speaking test is available only at LanguageCert Approved Test Centres. The Interlocutor who conducts the test can be present on-site at the Approved Test Centre. 
Each candidate is examined individually so they can perform at their best. Moreover, the Speaking test is conducted by an Interlocutor who does not assess. The evaluation takes place at a later stage by an expert Marker appointed by Universidad de Salamanca.

What does USAL stand for?

USAL stands for University of Salamanca, which through its Cursos Internacionales de la Universidad de Salamanca, has partnered with LanguageCert for the delivery of LanguageCert USAL esPro tests worldwide.

Universidad de Salamanca, an academic point of reference for teaching the Spanish language worldwide, was the first Spanish university to offer Spanish language and culture courses, when starting its Spanish as a Foreign Language programme in 1929. Through Cursos Internacionales, it currently engages in all fields related to Spanish as a Foreign Language.

How can I see my progress during the Computer-based test?

A progress bar keeps you informed of the progress you have made throughout the Computer-based Listening & Reading test. It indicates the number of questions answered and the number remaining.

For the Writing test, you will have two different, separate tasks, where you need to write a text.

What will I receive upon completing a LanguageCert USAL esPro test?

After taking the LanguageCert USAL esPro test, you will receive a:

  • Test Report: This report clearly explains the candidate’s score for each test taken (Listening & Reading*, Writing, Speaking). A summary of “Can-Do” statements aligned with CEFR levels are also included in the report. These are functional/situational statements that describe what a candidate can be expected to do in the workplace based on their CEFR level in Spanish.
  • Certificate: The certificate presents results in relation to the relevant CEFR level (A1 to C2) for scores of 10 or above.

⃰ Candidates receive a Test Report which presents their overall score combining the two skills (Listening & Reading), as well as their separate scores.

 
What is the pass mark and which grades are awarded?
There is no “Pass” or “Fail” and all candidates receive a grade on a scale of 0 to 100 which is mapped to the CEFR. No matter which testing version you choose, you will receive a certificate from A1 to C2 level depending on your performance, provided your score is 10 or above.
My test results show a ‘0 out of 100’ score. What does this mean?

A ‘0 out of 100’ score appears for all candidates who do not achieve the minimum score corresponding to CEFR level A1. Therefore ‘0 out of 100’ means you have achieved a score of less than ‘10 out of 100’.

How is the overall LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading test score calculated?

The overall score is not simply an average of the individual scores achieved in each test section (Listening & Reading). Each test section carries different weight, therefore, the average is calculated based on a specific scoring algorithm that identifies your language competence. For example, if the Listening score is 50 and the Reading score is 60, the overall score will not necessarily be 55.

How can I submit a result enquiry or an appeal request?
For information on our Appeals process please click here or contact our Customer Service.
How long does it take to receive LanguageCert USAL esPro results?

Test Report, e-certificates and digital badges

LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading

  • 5 business days for Paper-based exams
  • Immediate preliminary results for Computer-based and Online exams – official results in 2 business days

LanguageCert USAL esPro Writing

  • 10 business days for Paper-based, Computer-based and Online exams

LanguageCert USAL esPro Speaking 

  • 10 business days

Hard-copy certificates are sent either to the candidate or to the Test Centre shortly after results are released.

Who informs me of my results?

Your results are announced by LanguageCert if you have taken an Online exam or by your Test Centre if you have taken an exam at an Approved Test Centre.

Will my certificate be sent directly to me?
Certificates can be sent directly to you or to the Test Centre.
How long are the certificates valid for?
LanguageCert USAL esPro certificates do not expire. However, it is recommended you check whether there are any specific requirements from receiving organisations.
Who do I contact if I lose my certificate?

You will need to contact the Test Centre where you took the exam or LanguageCert.

How can I verify the validity of my LanguageCert USAL esPro certificate?

To check the validity of a LanguageCert USAL esPro certificate, use the Online Certificate Verification Service.

 
Does the Test Centre get involved in the assessment?

Test Centres do not get involved in the assessment. Marking is carried out by Universidad de Salamanca and the certification is issued by LanguageCert.

Are LanguageCert USAL esPro tests recognised?
To find out who recognises LanguageCert USAL esPro tests, click here.
What’s the minimum/maximum age limit for candidates?

There is no age limit. However, since LanguageCert USAL esPro tests evaluate Spanish language skills level for professional purposes, it is recommended that young adult and adult candidates take the tests.

When and where can I take the tests?
LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading, Writing and Speaking tests can be taken at a Test Centre. To find your nearest Test Centre, click here or contact us. Test Centres check the scheduling of the tests and can hold exams whenever it is suitable for them and their candidates. LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading and Writing tests are also available as Online exams and can be taken anytime, anywhere. If you want to book your Online exam, please click here and schedule it based on your schedule.
Can I use a dictionary in the exam?

You are not allowed to use dictionaries or any other aids during LanguageCert USAL esPro exams.

How can I submit a Reasonable Adjustments or Special Considerations request?
For information on our Reasonable Adjustments and Special Considerations Policy please click here or contact our Customer Service.
What is the cost of a LanguageCert USAL esPro test?
Please contact your nearest Test Centre for information on test fees for on-site exams. For Online exams with remote, live invigilation, test fees are available here.
Why does the PeopleCert name and logo appear on screen during the LanguageCert USAL esPro Computer-based test?
PeopleCert is LanguageCert’s parent company and is responsible for the administration of its exams.
 
Do I need to take a course to sit the LanguageCert USAL esPro?

You are not required to complete any course before taking LanguageCert USAL esPro. It is recommended however, that you take a short course explaining the exam tasks. All our LanguageCert USAL Approved Test Centres offer courses which prepare candidates for the exams. Contact the nearest Test Centre  to enquire about available courses.

How can I tell which level the learner is at?

Teachers should be able to assess whether a student can cope with the demands of a certain exam level by:

How can I tell which level the learner is at?

Teachers should be able to assess whether a student can cope with the demands of a certain exam level by:

Where can find out more about LanguageCert USAL esPro?

To find all the information you need regarding LanguageCert USAL esPro tests, click here.

Is LanguageCert USAL esPro mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)?
Yes. To find the full alignment, click here.
What is the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)?
The CEFR is a guideline used to assess and describe foreign language proficiency across Europe and, increasingly, worldwide. The six CEFR levels are widely accepted as the European and global standards for grading an individual's language proficiency.

To find more about the full alignment of LanguageCert USAL esPro to the CEFR levels, click here.

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