Sunday, April 19, 2009

Testing my Spanish proficiency...

People ask me all the time if I'm fluent in Spanish. For all that I talk about it, they must assume that I am, even though most of them have never heard me speak. I usually tell them that I'm getting close. But how close am I really? Not surprisingly, I became distracted while re-vamping my resume.

What do I write on my resume?!
Highly proficient in spoken and written Spanish
Comfortably proficient in spoken and written Spanish
Intermediate spoken and written Spanish skills

Well, I just took this online Spanish Proficiency Test, for what it's worth, and they tell me I'm at the Intermediate Level. I scored 140 points out of a possible 150. That's 4 wrong out of 50, or 93%. I would want to be at a higher-sounding level, but, dang, those comprehension questions were really hard!

I'm taking these tests next.

I think I'll just write Intermediate. I think I'm farther from fluent than I think. Sigh.


  1. Don't worry, I'm a native Spanish speaker and I tried this test just for curiosity and I achieved 129 points, or, according to this site "Advanced Beginner level", which is obviously ridiculous. Let me tell you that not all the Spanish is equal in all regions, sometimes it changes, and also they're multiple responses to many questions, so I think you may have a pretty good level, just need to show it.

  2. Ha! Thank you! That makes me feel a lot better. I should know better (as a teacher of language learners) than to believe that the answer of this test could really tell me anything. The most comprehensive assessments of knowledge are often the ones that don't come in the form of a test!