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Old 11th August 2010, 03:00 AM   #1
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Default Am I at a beginner or intermediate level?

Does anyone know how to find out what level you're in without taking a Cervantes exam?
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Old 11th August 2010, 03:13 AM   #2
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Does anyone know how to find out what level you're in without taking a Cervantes exam?
Here's an online test you can take. It will give you a rough idea as to what your current level is. Good luck!

http://www.donquijote.org/spanishlanguage/test/
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Old 11th August 2010, 03:19 AM   #3
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Muchísimas gracias, Beckett!
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Old 11th August 2010, 03:32 AM   #4
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Default taking part in a formal exam

Nothing is more exact than taking part in a formal exam,try it !
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Old 11th August 2010, 03:38 AM   #5
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Thank you for your response. I tried the Don Quixote test which told me that I'm still at the Inicial/Elemental level...after 3 years of Spanish! It's a bit discouraging but I'll keep studying.
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Old 13th August 2010, 07:36 PM   #6
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Thank you for your response. I tried the Don Quixote test which told me that I'm still at the Inicial/Elemental level...after 3 years of Spanish! It's a bit discouraging but I'll keep studying.
Marisa I would not worry about the results of such tests. They are overly simplified and invariable are tests of grammar rules. If your object is to pass exams then they may serve a purpose but if your object is to communicate I doubt they have great value. If you really need to know your level I think at least two hours with a tutor is the only way and then you need an assessment for each discipline: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

I know spanish locals in Madrid who would fail these tests and yet they communicate just fine

I remember going through a phase of wanting to know my level and I did dozens of such tests. Sadly your spanish gets little better but your ability to pass such tests gets much better.

In my case, not being a natural language learner and coming to it late, I noted that the breakthroughs didn't come often but suddenly I found that I had read a whole chapter of a book without need for other resources; I said a phrase without thinking it in my first language; I understood what someone said and replied automatically; ........ Each time I was chuffed to bits

Just enjoy and the rewards will come.

Sorry didn't mean to sound teacherish New to foros so forgive if that sounds dogmatic.

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