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Certificate of Use of Language in Spanish

The Certificate of Use of Language in Spanish, or CELU (Spanish: Certificado de Español: Lengua y Uso), is an exam designed to determine the level of proficiency in the Spanish language. The exam can be taken by anyone whose mother language is not Spanish and needs to demonstrate he has a certain level of proficiency of the language, whether it is for working or studying, in Spanish speaking countries. The exam is required by universities in Argentina for foreigners and it is also accepted as a valid exam in Brazil and China.


Any person whose mother language is not Spanish can take this exam. They must be at least 16 years of age and certify a minimum three years of high school education (EGB III according to the current educational system in Argentina, roughly someone who has just passed to the 11th grade in the American system).

Passing the exam fulfills the language requirements for studying or working in Argentina where knowledge of Spanish is a requirement.


There are two "pass" grades, either "Intermediate" or "Advanced" level, awarded to candidates who achieve these grades. Candidates who do not pass are not given a grade. Both grades reflect how proficient the person is in the use of Spanish as a foreign language, especially in dealing with everyday situations and work related or academic issues.

This exam is aimed at certifying a certain level of command of the language, therefore, regardless of the regional variation a candidate may know, they will be able to understand the situations to be dealt with in the exam.


The CELU is recognized as a certificate which demonstrates a persons knowledge of the Spanish language in:

Parts of the Exam

Section Skills Time Allowed Activity
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Writing
3 hours
  • Listening to texts
  • Producing an essay aimed at an informal or a formal reader.
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Speaking
15 to 20 minutes
  • Reading short texts and discussing them


Exams are taken in June and November. Application is opened three months prior to the examination dates and remains open for about one month.

Exam venues

In Argentina:

In Brazil:

In Germany:

In France:

University Consortium for the Evaluation of Knowledge and Use of Spanish as a Second Language

The following Universities are currently part of the Consortium:

See also

External links

  • (Spanish) CELU Official Website
  • Nota publicada en Clarín el 15 de noviembre de 2004
  • Nota publicada en La Nación el 14 de febrero de 2006
  • Nota publicada en La Nación el 6 de abril de 2004
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