CCSE Cervantes Institute exam

Descripción CCSE Cervantes Institute exam

According to Law 12/2015, of 24 June, for the granting of Spanish nationality to the Sephardic communities, and 19/2015, of 13 July, of administrative reform measures in the field of Administration of Justice and Civil Registry, which in its final seventh provision regulates the procedure for obtaining Spanish nationality for residency, Instituto Cervantes administers two exams that are part of the requirements:

  • possession of a A2 DELE Spanish level certification or higher
  • proof of knowledge of the Spanish Constitution and Spanish social and cultural reality: CCSE (Constitutional and sociocultural aspects of Spain)

Minors and guardians are exempt from the two exams.

People who have the nationality of countries or territories in which Spanish is the official language will be exempt from proof of knowledge of DELE.

To consult other requirements to acquire Spanish nationality visit the Ministry of Justice of Spain website.


Description of the exam


The Knowledge Exam on Constitutional and Sociocultural aspects of Spain (CCSE in Spanish) is conducted by the Instituto Cervantes. It consists of 25 closed-ended answer questions, 15 of which must be answered correctly. Sixty per cent of the questions are on matters regarding the Spanish government, law and citizenship, and the remaining 40% is on Spanish culture, history and society. The CCSE test has the following characteristics:

  • 25 closed-ended questions
  • 2 sections: Government, legislation and citizen participation in Spain (60% of questions) and Spanish culture, history and society (40% of questions).
  • duration of 45 minutes


Price and registration

The registration fee for the CCSE in 2017 is 85 euros. Registration and payment of the test will be made online through the Instituto Cervantes website

Registration entitles candidates to sit two exam sessions. If the certificate is not obtained in the first sitting, candidates will have a second opportunity to sit the test within the 18 months after the first sitting, without having to pay another fee. Candidates can also request a change of date of the sitting and/or centre as long as the registration period is still open and there are available places. These changed can be processed through the REGISTRATION section of the user menu.

More information and inquiries: CCSE website

CCSE tests at San Jorge University


Dates and times:

  • 30 November 2017 (registration: from 1 September 2016 to 3 November 2017).
  • 25 January 2018 (registration: from 11 September 2017 to 4 January 2018).
  • 22 February 2018 (registration: from 11 September 2017 to 1 February 2018).
  • 22 March 2018 (registration: from 11 September 2017 to 1 March 2018).
  • 26 April 2018 (registration: from 11 September 2017 to 5 April 2018).
  • 31 May 2018 (registration: from 11 September 2017 to 10 May 2018).
  • 28 June 2018 (registration: from 11 September 2017 to 7 June 2018).
  • 27 September 2018 (registration: from 11 September 2017 to 6 September 2018).
  • 26 October 2018 (registration: from 11 September 2017 to 4 October 2018).
  • 24 November 2018 (registration: from 11 September 2017 to 8 November 2018).

Candidates must be at the examination center at 5.30pm, the test will end at 6.45pm.

Exam venue: San Jorge University (Campus Villanueva de Gállego)

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