This website uses its own and third party cookies to offer better browsing. By browsing in it the user agrees to the way we use cookies. Users can prevent cookies from being generated and erase them by using the options on their browser. Blocking cookies may mean that some of this website’s services and options do not work properly.

Cookies are small pieces of data that websites send to browsers and which are stored in users’ devices: computers, mobile telephones, tablets, and so on. Their purpose is to improve the experience of using the website, as these archives make it possible for the website to remember information about the user’s visits, such as preferred options or language. In this way the website personalizes its content and becomes more agile and useful for the user.

By browsing this website users agree to cookies being installed in their equipment that enable us to find out the following information:

Types of cookies

This website uses session, or temporary, cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies merely keep data while the user is visiting the website. Persistent cookies store the data on the device’s hard drive so that it will be accessible in more than one session.

Depending on the type of data obtained the website can use technical cookies.

These allow users to browse the webpage and use the different options or services it contains. For example, controlling data traffic and communication, identifying the session, entering restricted access areas, requesting enrolment or participation in an event, using security features while browsing and storing content.

Personalization cookies.

These allow users to access the website with some general characteristics that are either already predefined in their hard drive or defined by the user. For example, the language, the type of browser used to access the website, the chosen content design, the geo-location of the device or the regional configuration from where access takes place.

Statistical analysis cookies

These make it possible to monitor and analyse the behaviour of visitors to the website. The information gathered is used to measure a website’s activity and to produce users’ browsing history, making it possible to improve the service.

Third party cookies

Third party cookies that manage and improve the services offered can also be installed. For example, statistics services like Google Analytics.

Managing the cookies in my browser

Users can allow, block or erase the cookies installed in their device by configuring the browsing options.

If the use of cookies in the browser is blocked, some services or functions of the webpage may not be available

Nivell elemental (B1)

Certification of a command of the language that allows for clear and independent communication in everyday social situations.

Sample Exam
A sample exam is provided in PDF format.
A sample oral comprehension exam is provided in mp3 format: CO 1, CO 2, CO 3, CO 4

Overall Aim
The exam aims to evaluate whether the candidate has a command of  the language that allows for clear and independent communication in everyday social situations.

Exam Structure
There are five sections to the exam: Reading Comprehension, Written Expression, Oral Comprehension, Grammar and Vocabulary, Oral Expression.

 

EXAM STRUCTURE
Section Percentage per Section Time
Reading Comprehension 25 % 60 min
Written Expression 12,5 % 30 min
Oral Comprehension 25 % 40 min
Grammar and Vocabulary 12,5 % 40 min
Oral Expression 25 % 15 min

DESCRIPTION OF THE SECTIONS

READING COMPREHENSION

The examinee must be able to understand factual texts containing general information and simple opinion pieces. He/she must demonstrate the ability to understand the main information, relevant details, the subject in question and the author’s opinions. The texts are usually announcements, brief reports, letters, news briefs and simple opinion texts.

This section includes 4 texts with 20 items of the following types:

True/False.

Multiple Choice (choosing among 4 options).

Matching.

WRITTEN EXPRESSION

The examinee must be able to write personal letters to ask for and provide information, explain events, wishes, plans and ideas.

The examinee must write a personal letter, 150 words in length. The instructions specify the subject to be addressed, the recipient of the letter and five points that must be covered in the contents of the letter.

ORAL COMPREHENSION

The examinee must be able to understand and extract relevant information from brief texts concerning everyday situations (announcements, general information, news, loudspeaker messages, brief dialogues). He/she must also be able to understand specific information from longer texts, such as an interview.

There are two parts to this section:

Part A involves an oral text approximately four minutes in length, followed by 15 true/false questions.

Part B involves 5 brief oral texts with one multiple choice question (choosing among four options) for each. All of the texts are played on a tape recorder.

GRAMMAR AND VOCABULARY

The examinee must show a command of the most common basic grammatical structures. This section consists of two parts. The first part comprises 25 items, 10 of which involve transforming sentences and 15 of which involve filling in the blanks, all of these focused on evaluating specific grammatical questions (verbs, pronouns, prepositions). The second part comprises 15 fill-in-the-blank items to evaluate the command of vocabulary.

ORAL EXPRESSION

The examinee must be able to participate in conversations about everyday subjects, offering explanations, descriptions, etc., and he/she must be capable of responding to different day-to-day situations (e.g. asking for information, apologizing and giving explanations, suggesting an idea).

Each examinee is evaluated individually. In the first part of the exam, the examinee must carry on a conversation with the examiner in which he/she must explain and describe an event and express an opinion on subjects of general interest.

In the second part, he/she must be able to respond appropriately and sufficiently correctly to five everyday-life situations.

RESULTS

The examinee receives a pass or fail grade. A passing grade requires a 60% minimum grade in oral expression and 60% on the rest of the exam.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

The following link offers a broad selection of useful bibliographical resources for learning Catalan (complementary methods and materials).

The Institut Ramon Llull is a consortium that comprises the Generalitat (Government of Catalonia), Balearic Islands Government and the Barcelona City Council, and its mission is the promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad.
Generalitat de Catalunya Govern de les Illes Balears Ajuntament de Barcelona
The IRL forms part of the Fundació Ramon Llull, which was established by the Government of Andorra, the Ramon Llull Institute, General Council of the Eastern Pyrenees, the city of Alghero, Balearic Islands Towns and Entities Network and the group of Valencian Cities, and has its central offices in Andorra.
Fundació Ramon Llull