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!
Table of Contents
- How to get Spanish Citizenship
- Spanish Proficiency Test and Citizenship Interview
- How can Kwiziq Spanish help me prepare for my Spanish proficiency test and citizenship interview?
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!
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 Kwiziq Spanish help me prepare for my Spanish proficiency test and citizenship interview?
The Spanish resources offered throughout Kwiziq 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.
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. Kwiziq 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
- A Christmas jumper
Marcos must wear a Christmas jumper (US: sweater) for a party, but he is not very excited about it.
- A cup of water and a rose
Fabilola is contemplating a stunning masterpiece by Zurbarán.
- 12 self-portraits by Pablo Picasso
Learn about Pablo Picasso's self-portraits.
- Carta para puesto de secretaria (B2)
Choose the right answer from the hint, consider carefully the position of the pronoun.
- 21st century shepherds
Rosa is changing her profession to became a shepherdess.
- Cómo hacer un presupuesto para tu pequeña empresa
This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Futuro Simple and El Condicional Simple.
- Gisela Pulido (A1)
Fill in the blanks with the right form of El Presente. Pay attention to the hints!
- Penélope Cruz y el Día de la Mujer
Discover why this student admires Spanish actress Penélope Cruz, who as well as being the winner of an Oscar, a British Academy Film Award and many Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations, is, above all, a strong independent woman! This exercise can help you practise Muy vs Mucho, using ser to express an essential characteristic, tener in the present tense, stem-changing -ar verbs (o > ue) in the present tense, and preferir in the present tense.
- Día del Idioma Español y Día Internacional del Libro
23 April book lovers is International Book Day and also United Nations Spanish Language Day
Film & TV
- Maxi Iglesias (A2)
Fill in the blanks with the right form of El Pretérito Indefinido. Pay attention to the hints!
- ¿Harás caso a todo lo que se dice? Coca-Cola Light advert
This advert for Coca-Cola Light can help you practise El Imperativo and El Futuro.
- ¿Te gusta la televisión?
A2 Spanish interactive reading article
Food & Drink
- Baby squid in its ink
Sergio tells us how to cook one of his favourite dishes.
- La receta del gazpacho de Sonia (B2)
Choose the correct passive form from the hint.
- ¿De dónde vienen los deliciosos burritos?
Have you ever wondered who invented burritos? This C1 exercise can help you practise the imperfect vs the preterite, using the imperative of mirar/oír with specific meanings and repetition to give emphasis.
Monuments, Tourism & Vacations
- El clima (A1)
Choose either hace, hay, está or an impersonal verb to talk about the weather. See also Weather vocabulary in Spanish
- ¿Cuál es la capital de Bolivia?
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.
- Un viaje a Egipto (A2)
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.
Politics & History
Iria talks about a female icon of the Mexican revolution.
- Mayo, el mes de las flores (B2)
Fill in the gaps with the correct conjugated form of the verb. You need to use the pronoun "se" with all verbs.
- Fernando VI (A2)
Fill in the blanks with the right form of El Pretérito Indefinido (regular and irregular verbs). Pay attention to the hints!
Celebrations & Important Dates
- ¿Quién es la Fallera Mayor de Valencia?
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.
- San Fermín (B2)
Choose the right expression to complete the text about San Fermin.
- 2021: the Year of the Ox
Learn about the new Chinese year for 2021.
Immigration & Citizenship
- La Constitución española
Every 6th of December Spain celebrates El Día de la Constitución. This A1 exercise can help you practise prepositions and El Futuro Próximo.
Santiago tells us about how the Galicians emigrated to Argentina.
- Armed Forces
Learn about The Spanish Armed Forces
Language & Education
- Aulas virtuales
This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Futuro Simple, El Condicional Simple and some expressions followed by El Subjuntivo.
- ¡Somos la leche!
What if your best friend was also your sibling? This C1 exercise can help you practise idioms related to food.
- A very interactive lesson with Kwiziq
Clara is using kwiziq for the first time and tells us about a lesson she is taking.
Literature, Poetry, Theatre
- Almagro International Classical Theater Festival
Sol works for the Almagro International Classical Theater Festival, and will be on a radio show tomorrow to promote it.
- La intrigante novela
Blanca is reading a new novel and it's a real page-turner! Complete the exercise with the correct structure given in the hint.
- And you, why do you write?
Antonio is trying to find out why he wants to do writing therapy.
- Aguas de marzo
Listen to the Spanish-language version of a song originally written by the Brazilian Tom Jobim.
- Alaska y Dinarama - Mi novio es un zombi
The song "Mi novio es un zombi" was released in 1989 by new wave band Alaska y Dinarama. This B2 exercise can help you practise the Spanish Preterite, using hacer with the subjunctive/infinitive = to make [someone] do something and prepositions followed by infinitives.
- ¿Quién es Alejandro Sanz? (A1)
Write the correct form of each verb in El Presente.
Sports & Leisure
- Coincidencias - Mundial Qatar 2022
Check out this clever video comparing what's happening in 2022 to what happened in 1986, which was the last time Argentina won the World Cup. This C1 exercise can help you practise using the Preterite, repetition of indirect object pronouns and you will also hear the very characteristic voseo and yeísmo rehilado present in Argentinian Spanish.
- San Fermín (B2)
Choose the right expression to complete the text about San Fermin.
- A day at the zoo
Palmira is excited about her upcoming visit to Cali zoo.
Create your free Kwiziq Spanish account here to get your Spanish level and start practising your reading and listening skills while learning about all the topics you’ll need for your Spanish citizenship test and interview.