4- How can I register for the CCSE?
You have to register for the exam and pay the exam fee online at examenes.cervantes.es
Although the registration process is fairly simple, you can read our step-by-step Guide to registering for the Spanish nationality exam with Route 66 Idiomas (in Spanish).
5- How much does it cost to take the exam?
The CCSE registration fee is €85 (eighty-five euros) and is the same wherever you take the test.
Paying the exam fee is the last step in the registration process and must be completed on the official website: examenes.cervates.es
6- How long does the exam last?
The exam lasts for 45 minutes but most candidates finish before the time is up.
7- What mark do you need to pass the CCSE?
The result of the exam is PASS or FAIL. To pass you must answer 15 or more questions correctly out of the 25 questions on the exam.
If they receive a FAIL or ABSENT grade, a candidate will be able to sit the exam a second time at no extra cost. To do so, the candidate must select the resit option in their online profile.
8- When will I get the result of my nationality exam?
About 20 days after the exam, the Instituto Cervantes will notify all candidates that the results have been published. Once candidates have received this email, they should access their online profile/user area at examenes.cervantes.es where they will find their result.
9- Once I’ve passed the exam, can the result expire?
Yes. A CCSE pass grade is valid for 4 years from the date it is issued. Consequently, it should be used to apply for Spanish citizenship before this 4-year period is over.
10- Do I have to take the CCSE?
There are some Spanish citizenship applicants who do not have to take the CCSE. These are:
- Those with modified legal capacity.
- People with learning difficulties (accreditation must be given to the Ministry of Justice)
- People who have attended school in Spain and completed their obligatory secondary education in the country.
- Those with Sephardic origin who are over 70 years old.
Those who do not know how to read or write must request a partial dispensation from the Ministry of Justice which they will later have to show to the exam centre so they can take the CCSE orally. Said dispensation must be shown to the exam centre as far in advance of the exam as possible.
11- Can I change the exam centre or exam date I’ve chosen?
Yes, you can change the place and date of the exam you’ve chosen as long as the registration dates for the relevant sessions are still open (both the exam you want to change and the new exam session you want to select must both be open to registrations) and the examination centre you want has places available.
12- What are the questions on the Spanish nationality exam like?
The exam is made up of 25 questions about Spanish government, legislation, citizen participation, culture, history and society. There is only one correct answer to each question.
Here are some example questions: