- Test Info
Argentina offers a certificate which is internationally acknowledged: CELU, Certificate of Spanish: Language and Use. CELU is a proficiency test of Spanish as a foreign language. It can be taken by any foreigner whose mother tongue is not Spanish and who wants to prove his or her ability to use Spanish as a second language in working and academic contexts. The CELU examination is officially acknowledged by the Ministry of Education and by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina.
This certificate is granted by the Interuniversity Consortium for the Teaching and Testing of Spanish as a Second and Foreign Language, integrated by more than two-thirds of the Argentine National Universities. At the international level, there are mutual recognition agreements among the Brazilian, Chinese and Italian governments.
CELU certificates may be presented as proof of the level of proficiency in Spanish necessary to take a course in academic institutions or to work in private and public companies. CELU examinations evaluate adequate use of the language; they do not assess the candidate’s teaching competence. Thus, by no means do these examinations certify that candidates can teach Spanish as a second and foreign language.
The CELU certificate carries the candidate’s name, identity card number and nationality details, the date of the exam, the level achieved (Intermediate or Advanced) and a distinction among three assessment degrees in each level (Good, Very Good, Excellent). Certificates are signed by the President (Chancellor) of one the universities participating in the ELSE Consortium. Certificates are then sent to the Ministry of Education of Argentina where they are sealed and signed. In the same certificate, a description of the two levels of language use and their equivalence to levels recognized in other countries is presented as well. The certificate has no expiration date.
A Proficiency Test
CELU is a proficiency test which aims at evaluating the student’s present reading, writing and speaking skills in real life contexts. No specific preparatory course is required to pass the exam. A single written and oral examination is used to assess a person's ability to accomplish the linguistic tasks proposed. According to his or her performance, a candidate may reach one of these levels: Basic, Intermediate or Advanced. Only the latter two levels are certified.
Conduct of CELU
In the CELU exam, candidates read and write texts belonging to different genres, listen to radio recordings and have a 15-minute interview with two teachers who assess their oral performance in Spanish. The whole exam is done in one day. Candidates will be able to understand the rubrics and texts in the examination regardless of the Spanish variety they may speak. It is a single examination, the level achieved will be granted and certified according to each candidate's performance.
The examination consists of a set of oral and written activities. The former assess contextual and interactive adequacy, fluency, pronunciation and intonation, grammar and vocabulary; the latter assess the discursive, grammatical and lexical adequacy of the content. Language proficiency in working and academic contexts is evaluated.
||Reading Listening Speaking
||15 to 20 minutes
||Reading short texts and talking about them
||Listening to oral texts; reading and producing written texts with a specific aim and for a certain audience
The exams are held regularly twice a year, in June and November.
The following is the test date for Singapore:
2 June 2017 (Registration: from 17 April 2017 to 22 May 2017)
10 November 2017 (Registration: from 18 September 2017 to 30 October 2017)
The results of the examination will be posted on CELU website two months after the examination. Later on certificates will be given to candidates.