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
- Desde mi balcón
instead of being a physical event, 2020's PhotoEspaña will be an online event. This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Subjuntivo.
- Aprende a decorar mesas navideñas
It’s time to add a seasonal touch to really get in the festive sprit! This exercise can help you practise subordinate clauses in the subjunctive and the indicative plus relative clauses with prepositions.
- El Peine del Viento
B2 Spanish interactive reading article
Sandra cannot wait to know who this week's ¡HOLA! exclusive is about.
- Gisela Pulido (A1)
Fill in the blanks with the right form of El Presente. Pay attention to the hints!
- Rosalía cantante revelación
Learn about the young Spanish singer called Rosalía Vila Tobella whose modern take on flamenco music led her to fame.
Film & TV
- Javier Bardem y Penélope Cruz (B1)
Learn a bit about these two famous Spanish actors. Choose the right verb from the options given: saber or conocer
- A documentary about the Sun (A2)
Javier watched a documentary about the Sun last night.
- A Film Review
Practise neuter pronouns, the passive voice with simple and compound tenses, and "if" clauses with El Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto de Subjuntivo followed by El Condicional Compuesto.
Food & Drink
- ¿Quién inventó la piña colada?
Margarita explains the origin of the pina colada.
- La receta del guacamole (A2)
Turn the infinitive given in the hint into its imperative form for "tú". Be careful because there are regular and irregular verbs!
- ¡A comer!
Learn how to make a Spanish potato omelette: una tortilla de patata.
Monuments, Tourism & Vacations
- A big surprise! (B2)
Adela tells us about an axciting surprise she got from her boyfriend.
- El clima (A1)
Choose either hace, hay, está or an impersonal verb to talk about the weather. See also Weather vocabulary in Spanish
- ¿Playa o montaña?
Olivia has find the perfect summer destination that means not choosing between the beach and going to the mountains.
Politics & History
- El Cid
Learn about this famous Medieval warrior with this reading and listening exercise which can help you practise relative pronouns, past tenses and past participles as adjectives.
- ¿Quién inventó las fuentes?
Beltrán explains the history of fountains.
- 23-F: Coup d'Etat in Spain
This exercise is based on events that occurred on 23 February 1981, when Lieutenant-Colonel Tejero led 200 civil guards in a coup d'État against the recently-formed Spanish democracy.
Celebrations & Important Dates
- La Tomatina (B1)
Let the hints guide you with exclamative and interrogative words required to fill in the blanks.
- ¿Por qué todo es rojo en San Valentín?
Fernanda discovers why everything is red on Valentine's day.
- San Fermín (B2)
Choose the right expression to complete the text about San Fermin.
Immigration & Citizenship
Santiago tells us about how the Galicians emigrated to Argentina.
- I went back home! (A2)
Mariela just returned to her home country and she is very excited about it.
- Ciudadanía española: la experiencia de María Virginia
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.
Language & Education
- ¿Por qué no has hecho los deberes?
Matilda reads her students a funny book of excuses for not doing your homework.
- Una carta importante (A2)
Choose either por or para to complete the text.
- A change of career (B2)
Discover Vanessa's career plans.
Literature, Poetry, Theatre
- Almudena Grandes
Find out more about her life and work of author Almudena Grandes with this B1 reading and listening exercise that can help you practise the pasiva refleja, El Pretérito indefinido and El Pretérito imperfecto.
- Carlos Ruiz Zafón
On Friday 19th June 2020, the Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón, best known for the novel La Sombra del Viento, passed away. We pay homage with this bilingual reader.
- Juan Ramón Jiménez (A2)
Fill in the gaps with the right form of El Pretérito Indefinido. Pay attention to the hints!
- A magic piano (B2)
Learn about Pablo Alborán and his excellent piano skills.
- A saeta
Jaime tells us about his experience in Seville during Easter celebrations.
- Aguas de marzo
Listen to the Spanish-language version of a song originally written by the Brazilian Tom Jobim.
Sports & Leisure
- ¡Esto está de lujo!
Begoña feels as if she were in paradise today.
- ¿Me apunto o no me apunto? (B1)
Choose between "saber" and "conocer" from the hint to fill in the gaps.
- Cines de verano al aire libre
Experience the magic of cinema outdoors! This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Presente and El Futuro Próximo.
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.