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Catalan Language Certificates: Frequently Asked Questions

The Institut Ramon Llull language certificates accredit degrees of knowledge of the Catalan language both for academic and work purposes (public administration, business, institutions), and carry the same value as those issued by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government).

When are the Institute Ramon Llull Catalan exams held?

The Institut Ramon Llull organises two exam sittings per year, in accordance with the academic calendars of the countries in which the exams are held. The first takes place in the months of May or June and the second in November.

Where will the Institute Ramon Llull hold the Catalan exams this year?

The list of locations where the IRL will be holding exams this year can be found on our website and are also published in the DOGC (Official Catalan Government Bulletin).

Do all of the exam locations hold sittings for all five levels?

The exam levels offered at each location varies according to the number of pre-registered examinees for each of the levels. If there is not a minimum of three pre-registered examinees for a given level, the Institut Ramon Llull reserves the right to cancel that exam or redirect the pre-registered individuals to another nearby exam location.

How do I register for one of the Institut Ramon Llull's Catalan language exams?

You can register on line at our web page.

What is the registration fee for the Catalan exams?

The registration fees for the Institute Ramon Llull Catalan language exams are published annually in the DOGC (Official Catalan Government Bulletin) and can be consulted on our web page.

At what time and where are the Institut Ramon Llull's Catalan language exams held?

Following the fee payment deadline a list of exam locations, together with the name of a contact person at each one, will be posted on the Exam Location webpage, to provide you with information on the time and place of the exam.

Who is eligible to take these exams?

Anyone of any nationality over the age of fourteen at the time of the exam who wishes to accredit his/her knowledge of the Catalan language is eligible to take the exams.

Can I sit for exams for different levels at the same call for exams?

You can sit for various exams as long as the times and dates of the exams do not conflict.

Do I need to have taken a particular course or courses before sitting for the exams?

The exams to receive a Catalan Language Certificate from the Institute Ramon Llull are open to anyone and designed to evaluate the candidate's linguistic competence without taking into consideration where and how that individual has learned the language.

Is it necessary to have passed the previous level before sitting for the exam for a given level?

The exams are not interlinked and you may sit for an exam at the level for which you feel you are prepared.

Where can I find samples of the Catalan exams?

You can find sample exams for the different levels on our web page.

How and when will I learn the results of my Catalan exam?

You can go to our Results web page.  The results of the first exam sitting will be made public in September of this year, and the results of the second sitting in February of next year.

Will I receive a diploma if I pass the Catalan exam?

Once you have passed the exam you can enter your registration user name and password and download the official diploma online. As of  2009, the Institut Ramon Llull no longer issues diplomas in paper form.

What are the equivalences for the IRL Catalan Language Certificates?

The Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government) recognizes two official certifying bodies: the General Directorate for Language Policy within Catalonia, and the Institute Ramon Llull, outside of Catalan-speaking areas. For information on equivalences with certificates from other institutions click here. You will find equivalences of Catalan language certificates with levels established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages at the following website

What level of Catalan do I need to be able to work in Catalonia?

In these cases we suggest you address this question directly with the company or institution with which you intend to work.
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