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DELE and CCSE exam

How to obtain the Spanish nationality?

We get a lot of questions regarding the steps to take to obtain the Spanish nationality. For native Spanish speakers the first step is easy, simply take the CCSE-exam. Non-native speakers have another hurdle to cross, they also have to take a DELE exam on an A2 level. We will proceed to explain in more detail what these exams are and how you can get started to apply for the Spanish nationality.

What is the CCSE-exam?

CCSE stands for ‘Conocimientos Constitucionales y Socioculturales de España’. The CCSE-exam has been developed by the Cervantes Institute. The exam evaluates, through different tasks, the knowledge on Spanish Constitution, Society and Culture of the one taking the test. Passing this test is one of the requirements established in Spanish laws for obtaining the Spanish nationality.

Structure of the test

The CCSE test consists of two main subjects:

•    Government, legislation and citizen participation in Spain (60% of the questions).

•    Spanish culture, history, and society (40% of the questions).

The exam consists of five different tasks with a total of 25 multiple-choice questions (3 options to choose from) or true/false questions, regarding constitutional and sociocultural knowledge of Spain. To pass the test it is necessary to answer correctly 15 of the 25 questions (60% of the questions).

How to register?

Here at Lacunza, you can take your CCSE-exam to obtain the Spanish nationality every last Thursday of the month at 18.00 and 20.00 pm. You can register and pay for the exam here. The registration fee for the exam is €85.

Who can take this exam?

The CCSE test is aimed at all those people who want to obtain the Spanish nationality. The general CCSE tests are aimed at literate audiences of all ages. Candidates of any nationality over 18 years of age and with legal capacity to register, can register for the CCSE.

People who want to obtain Spanish Nationality under the age of 18 can also take the CCSE exam. Parents, guardians or legal representatives must register minors or persons without legal capacity to act.


At Lacunza you can also take the DELE-exam. The DELE Spanish diplomas are official qualifications accrediting the degree of competence and mastery of the Spanish language, awarded by the Cervantes Institute on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training of Spain. At our school, you can take this exam at A2, B1, B2 or C1 level.

The main objective of The Cervantes Institute is the promotion and teaching of the Spanish language and the dissemination of the Spanish and Latin-American culture on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain.

What are the advantages of DELE?

There are many reasons to obtain your diploma. In most countries, the DELE-exam is recognized by many education authorities and regulated education centers. Some universities even require this certificate to enter or register. The diploma is internationally recognized in the public sector and in both public and private teaching systems. It looks great on your resume and facilitates access to education, both in Spain and in other countries where the tests are carried out. A big advantage of the DELE- diploma is that they are valid permanently and it is not necessary to reexamine or revalidate it once you have attained one.

The DELE-exam consists of five different sections:

1.    Reading comprehension

2.    Listening comprehension and interaction

3.    Written expression and interaction

4.    Oral expression and interaction


Lacunza is accredited by FEDELE and is thereby recognized as a school of quality in the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language in Spain. FEDELE is the Spanish Federation of Associations of Spanish Schools for Foreigners and is composed of seven associations, which in their totality include 96 Spanish foreign language schools.

Because the objective of FEDELE is to assure the quality of teaching Spanish, they make sure all schools offer this quality by having to pass a quality inspection in order to obtain the stamp of Accredited Centre of the Cervantes institute. Without this stamp, a school cannot be accredited by FEDELE.

Back in 2002, Lacunza Escuela Internacional was one of the first 10 centers in all of Spain and the world to obtain the Cervantes Institute accreditation. You can find the list of accredited institutions here. This fact encourage us want to continue working to be able to offer the best quality possible.