Institut Ramon LLull

Catalan Language Certificates

Nivell elemental (B1)

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

Sample Exam

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

SECTIONPERCENTAGE PER SECTIONTIME
Reading Comprehension25 %60 min
Written Expression12,5 %30 min
Oral Comprehension25 %40 min
Grammar and Vocabulary12,5 %40 min
Oral Expression25 %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).

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