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Levels of Spanish

Levels of Spanish of iNMSOL courses

Our courses and levels are structured and referenced to the 6 levels of knowledge of Spanish, established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​and by the Instituto Cervantes Curricula Plan.

Procedure for determining levels

The determination of the level of each iNMSOL’ student is carried out following the following procedure:

1 iNMSOL will ask each student for our online level test. With this test we will know the approximate level in written expression. Therefore, the result will be used to assign you a provisional class group. Each student must send the test one week before the start of their course, at lastest.
2 On the first day of the course, the student will have a speaking test with our Head of Studies. Upon knowing the student’s oral expression, we will assign the student the final class group
3 During the first day of class, the teachers will observe the adaptation of the student and will propose changes to Direction, if necessary. The student will be able to share his/her impressions of the assigned level, too.

Levels of Spanish according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(CEFR)

These are the general levels established by the CEFR

A1 Level


Users exchange brief information with questions and answers, within a clear and concrete communicative context. (DELE A1).

A2 Level


Users understand, communicate and express themselves in spoken and written Spanish, using a simple language in daily situations and cultural aspects. (DELE A2).

B1 Level


Users understand and are able to express themselves in communicative contexts, in their everyday life, knowing how to solve problems by themselves. (DELE B1)

B2 Level


Users understand and express themselves in general situations where there is an exchange of information. They express personal attitudes on subjects that are familiar for them or iwhich they are interested in and they speak about their experiences too. (DELE B2)

C1 Level


Users understand and express themselves in different situations with complex linguistic structures – still controlled -, with fluency and in a spontaneous way. (DELE C1)

C2 Level


Users express themselves in an suitable form in any situation, controlling linguistic and cultural elements of a native speaker and discerning meaning nuances. (DELE C2)

Common reference levels: global scale

These are the general objectives by levels that users will achieve

A) Basic user


  • He is able to understand and use frequently used everyday expressions as well as simple phrases designed to satisfy immediate needs.
  • You can introduce yourself and others, ask for and give basic personal information about your address, your belongings, and the people you know.
  • You can relate in an elementary way, as long as the other person speaks slowly and clearly and is willing to cooperate.


  • The student is able to understand frequently used phrases and expressions related to areas of expertise that are especially relevant to him/her (basic information about herself and her family, shopping, places of interest, occupations, etc.).
  • He/she knows how to communicate when carrying out simple, everyday tasks that do not require more than simple and direct exchanges of information on familiar or common issues.
  • The student can describe in simple terms aspects of his past and surroundings as well as matters related to his immediate needs.

B) Independent user


  • The student is able to understand the main points of clear texts and in standard language if they deal with familiar issues, whether in work, study or leisure situations.
  • He/she knows how to deal with most of the situations that may arise during a trip through areas where the language is used.
  • The student can produce simple and coherent texts on topics that are familiar to you or in which you have a personal interest.
  • The student can describe experiences, events, wishes and aspirations, as well as briefly justify your opinions or explain your plans.


  • He/she is able to understand the main ideas of complex texts that deal with both concrete and abstract topics. Even if they are of a technical nature as long as they are within his field of expertise.
  • The student can interact with native speakers with a sufficient degree of fluency and naturalness so that communication is carried out without effort on the part of any of the interlocutors.
  • The student can produce clear and detailed text on a variety of topics as well as defend a point of view on general topics by indicating the pros and cons of different options.

C) Competent user

C1_Effective Operational Proficiency

  • The student is able to understand a wide variety of demanding and long texts, as well as recognize implicit meanings.
  • He/she can express himself fluently and spontaneously without very obvious signs of effort to find the right expression.
  • The student can make flexible and effective use of language for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • He7she can produce clear, well structured and detailed texts on topics of a certain complexity, showing a correct use of the mechanisms of organization, articulation and cohesion of the text.


  • Can easily understand almost everything that she hears or reads.
  • Can reconstruct information and arguments from various sources, whether in spoken or written language. They can also present them in a coherent and summarized manner.
  • The student can express himself spontaneously, with great fluency and with a degree of precision that allows you to differentiate small nuances of meaning even in more complex situations.

Curriculum structure

It is possible to estimate the average time required to move from one level to another. The following table shows the average number of teaching hours required to complete each level:

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