The test of constitutional and cultural knowledge of Spain (CCSE).

Foreigners who aspire to obtain Spanish citizenship by residence (foreign residents in Spain and people with a Spanish-Sephardic origin) should do mandatory testing of constitutional and sociocultural knowledge of Spain (CCSE). This test certifies the constitutional and cultural knowledge of Spain, and must be taken by all those who apply for citizenship on the basis of the new law which came into effect on October 15, 2015, except for minors or people with the ability judicially modified.

The CCSE test will be available in our centre in Cartagena starting January 2016. The first testing will be held on January 28, 2016.

The CCSE test consists of 25 multiple choice questions (the candidate has to choose one of three options), or true / false questions (the candidate has to decide whether a statement is true or false). 60% of the questions are related to the Constitution (government, legislation and citizen participation in Spain) and the rest deals with Spanish culture, history and society.

The test lasts a maximum of 45 minutes, and to pass it the candidate must correctly answer at least 15 questions. The candidate will receive the results in approximately 20 days after the examination. The candidate has the right to take the test maximum twice.  After passing the test, the certificate is valid for four years.

The cost is 85 euros; the price is identical worldwide.

There will be 10 calls a year, and the test will be held on the last Thursday of each month, except in August and December.

Those who are interested can download the manual created by the Cervantes Institute with 300 questions, of which in each call 25 will be selected for the test. The Manual is available for free, but a registration is required in the following link: https://CCSE. cervantes.es/materiales-ccse. On the website, test guidelines and a “zero model” are also available. Furthermore, candidates can choose the exam date, register, pay, make claims, receive notifications about the exam, access their file and download the certification.

As for the test to demonstrate the level of Spanish language, except the citizens of countries or territories where the official language is Spanish, the candidates must obtain the DELE Diploma of Spanish at A2 level or higher if they do not have it yet. All information is available in the Instituto Cervantes DELE Diplomas in Cartagena.

Other requirements for the acquisition of Spanish nationality in certain cases are available on the Ministry of Justice website.