The test of constitutional and socio-cultural knowledge of Spain (CCSE test) is an examination test developed by the Cervantes Institute that evaluates, through different tasks, the knowledge of the Spanish Constitution and of the Spanish social and cultural reality. It is one of the requirements established in the laws for the granting of Spanish nationality to Sephardics originating in Spain, and for the acquisition of nationality to residents in Spain, if applicable.
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How to register?

Registration, and the corresponding payment, must be made online, after registration, in the private user area of this website. You can pay for your registration for the CCSE test by credit or debit card through the Santander Elavon Merchant Services Virtual POS system. Registration for the Spanish Constitutional and Sociocultural Knowledge of Spain (CCSE) test by the candidate implies their express acceptance of the purchase conditions established by the Instituto Cervantes and their commitment to provide the identification and accreditation documentation required during the process of obtaining Spanish nationality. NOTE: Candidates who register to obtain Spanish nationality must do so with their NIE. If you previously registered with another identification document, please go to our Customer Service Centre (CAU) to request a change.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The current legislation (Law 12/2015, of 24 June, and Law 19/2015, of 13 July) that regulates the procedure for obtaining Spanish nationality by residence, establishes, among other requirements, that applicants must pass two tests designed and administered by the Instituto Cervantes: The DELE Spanish diploma level A2 or higher, which accredits a basic knowledge of the Spanish language, and The test of constitutional and socio-cultural knowledge of Spain (CCSE), which accredits knowledge of the Spanish Constitution and Spanish social and cultural reality.

The CCSE test consists of 25 questions on two types of content (knowledge of the Spanish Constitution and of the social and cultural reality of Spain) and is organized around two main sections: Government, legislation, and citizen participation in Spain (15 questions). Spanish culture, history, and society (10 questions). It is made up of five tasks with 25 multiple-choice questions and 3 closed or true/false answer options. The essay has a maximum duration of 45 minutes and is written in the contemporary peninsular Spanish variety.

Gobierno, legislación y participación ciudadana en España (15 preguntas).
Cultura, historia y sociedad españolas (10 preguntas).
Está compuesto por cinco tareas con 25 preguntas de opción múltiple y 3 opciones de respuesta cerrada o verdadero/falso.

El ensayo tiene una duración máxima de 45 minutos y está escrito en la variedad del español peninsular contemporáneo.

The CCSE test is valid for applications for the acquisition of Spanish nationality for Sephardim and for foreigners residing in Spain. The CCSE certificate is valid for 4 years from the date of approval of the certificate of qualification.

La vigencia del certificado CCSE es de 4 años a partir de la fecha de aprobación del certificado de habilitación.

To find out about the requirements for applying to acquire Spanish nationality in certain cases, you should visit the website of the Spanish Ministry of Justice: Registration procedure and additional information on the DELE exams, which certify knowledge of the Spanish language. Registration procedure and information on the CCSE test.

Procedimiento de inscripción e información adicional sobre las pruebas de examen DELE, que acreditan el conocimiento de la lengua española.
Procedimiento de inscripción e información sobre la prueba CCSE.

Yes, in fact, the following are exempt from taking the CCSE test: minors, persons with judicially modified capacity. They may be exempt from taking the CCSE test, if they can prove it to the Spanish Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Justice approves it.


personas con capacidad modificada judicialmente.

Podrán excusarse de realizar la prueba CCSE, siempre que lo acrediten ante el Ministerio de Justicia español, y este lo apruebe.

Registration and the corresponding payment for the CCSE test must be made online, after registering, in the user’s private space on this website.

Candidates for the CCSE test, during the registration process, must register with their NIE (National Identity Card).

There is no limit to the number of times a candidate can register, nor is there a set period between registrations. Each candidate can register for the test as many times as he/she wants if he/she pays the corresponding registration fees each time. Remember that each registration gives you two chances to pass the test.

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