Spanish Language Test

A Spanish language test can help you hire the right employees, based on their proficiency in Spanish.

  • What is a Spanish language test?

    In a multicultural world where businesses can be connected beyond geographical borders, employees who have proficiency in different languages are important to growth.

    A Spanish language test assesses a candidate based on their proficiency in using Spanish in a business-related way, by testing them on the following:

    • Vocabulary and grammar
    • Reading comprehension
    • Sentence composition

    The test is simple to administer to a number of candidates and provides quantifiable data about the suitability of each applicant based on their Spanish language skills and knowledge.

    With this assessment, candidates can demonstrate their fluency and understanding of Spanish and show that they are able to use it in a work environment.

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  • Find those candidates who will excel in the role.

    Select the assessments that match the skills or behaviours for the position. You can test for software or coding competency, soft skills like teamwork, or personality traits, to be sure those who pass have high potential.

  • Reduce costs and time.

    No more laborious sifting of resumes or cover letters. Pick your ideal assessment mix, invite your applicants to take them, see the results in your dashboard. Get to the interview stage fast.

  • Eliminate bias.

    All your candidates take the assessments on a level playing field. Only their results determine whether they get shortlisted.

  • Why is a Spanish language test so important when hiring?

    For businesses that are working in Europe or other Spanish-speaking countries, having employees with fluency and proficiency in understanding, speaking, and writing in Spanish can only be beneficial.

    For the recruitment team, assessing language proficiency without a test can be a challenge, as it is not always clear from the information given in a resume how strong a candidate is in speaking Spanish.

    The Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) can be used to categorise a candidate on their Spanish ability, with six levels from Basic User, to Independent User, to Proficient. As a standardised scale, this is the most precise way to quantify the skills of the candidate.

    The level of Spanish language skill required for the role you are recruiting for might be just basic knowledge, but it is more likely that you will need a candidate who is proficient enough to understand complex business-related writing, can speak to native language users and can listen to different speakers.

    Spanish language skills are useful for international roles such as:

    • Customer service representative
    • Marketing
    • International sales representative
    • Technical writer

    With the Spanish language test, recruiters will be able to see how competent a candidate is in understanding and communicating business-related ideas, including complex sentence composition and general literacy.

    Choosing a candidate that has the right level of Spanish language knowledge will help remove language barriers and ensure a seamless customer service experience for international customers and clients.

    With the Spanish language test, you will have quantifiable proof of the proficiency of selected candidates so you can put the best applicants forward for the next stage of the hiring process.

Sample Spanish Language Test question

Tú eres ___ escritor.

  • una

  • uno

  • un

  • unos

How to assess Spanish language skills using our test

Our Spanish language test asks a variety of questions that vary in difficulty level. Candidates who are proficient in Spanish should be able to answer most of the questions correctly.

The Spanish language test provides valuable data insight into what a candidate knows and understands. The test is structured using multiple-choice questions: a familiar format for most test-takers, that allows for instant and objective scoring.

As well as the correct answer, there are typically 2–4 distractors, representing common misconceptions and mistakes. This helps make the test more challenging, so a candidate's ability can be measured more accurately.

Test scores are provided to the user and can be compared to other test-takers in your talent pool, to see how they perform relative to each other.

Each test has been thoroughly reviewed to ensure accuracy and validity in line with industry standards. It has been written, examined and edited by Spanish language experts and psychometric professionals. It has also been reviewed by a diverse sample of job seekers to check for any issues including sensitivity, face validity, fairness and accessibility.

This test is continually monitored so our team can optimize performance and regularly assess fairness issues.


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  • Assessments

    A full suite of assessments

    Our platform comes with 12 tests across both foundation and advanced levels so they’re suitable for everyone. Including aptitude, behavioural and personality tests, you’ll have a full range of tests to help you find the candidates you’re seeking.

  • Analytics

    An array of candidate metrics

    For each of your candidates, you’ll be given a comprehensive report. Included will be all the metrics you need to build a detailed picture of each candidate and ensure you’re making the right hiring decisions.

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Greg Chambers, HR Business Partner, Littlefish Ltd
Greg Chambers, HR Business Partner, Littlefish Ltd

Spanish Language Test FAQs

Is Spanish an important language to assess when hiring?

Globally, Spanish is spoken by more than 559 million people, which makes it the second most widely used language in the world behind Mandarin. As a result, many employers are looking to hire Spanish-speaking candidates.

Is Spanish considered a business language?

With many businesses working internationally in Spanish-speaking countries, Spanish should be considered an important business language.

With so many native Spanish speakers around the world, Spanish is a language that is useful for businesses to provide so that they can expand their services on a global scale.

How do you test an applicant's Spanish language competency?

It is difficult to assess the Spanish proficiency of a job applicant through a description on a resume, so using a pre-employment Spanish language test will help the recruitment team choose the most qualified candidates to take forward to the next stage of the application process.

The test should cover sentence composition, vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing comprehension at the level of proficiency that is needed for the role.

Who should take a language test in Spanish?

A pre-employment Spanish language test should be taken by candidates who are applying for roles in multinational corporations or in businesses that regularly operate in Spanish-speaking countries. This might be useful for customer service agents or account managers.

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