You do not need to worry too much about your current level of the language! If you have previous experience of studying the language and are of at least an 'elementary' level of the language (please see below for further information on how to gauge your level), you will take a level test on arrival at the school. This will allow you to be placed in a suitable group with students of a similar level to yourself.
Of course, beginners do not need to take this test, as they are placed in groups with other beginners.
In many locations, if you have previous experience of studying the language, you would be welcome to start your course on any Monday! There are also regular start dates for beginners at all of our schools. You can view all start dates by using the 'Find a course' quotation tool located in the top left hand corner of our website.
On our website, you will see that we mention four broad language levels. Our schools usually have 6-7 broad levels by which they grade students, and the levels on our website are designed just to give them an idea of the general level of each student, so that they know whether you should take a level test, and whether the course chosen will be appropriate for their level (for more on this, please see below).
We would describe a student as a 'beginner' if they have no previous experience of studying the language. Beginners should start on a start date suitable for all levels. Beginners are placed in groups with other beginners.
If you have previous experience of studying the language, and are able to introduce yourself, ask/answer simple questions and use numbers in dates and times, we would expect that you have an 'elementary' level.
Students of an 'intermediate' level should be able to 'get by' in the language on a day-to-day basis, but with limited vocabulary, and are not familiar with advanced grammar.
Good knowledge of the language, with broad vocabulary and able to use complex grammar with few mistakes (e.g. a university graduate).
Most of our schools base their levels on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The website of the CEFR offers further information on each level.
|CEFR Levels||Our Levels|
|A - Basic User|
|• A1 Breakthrough||Beginner|
|• A2 Waystage||Lower elementary|
|B - Independent User|
|• B1 Threshold||Upper elementary|
|• B2 Vantage||Lower intermediate|
|C - Proficient User|
|• C1 Effective Operational Proficiency||Upper intermediate|
|• C2 Mastery||Advanced|
If you have any further questions regarding your level, please do not hesitate to contact us as we will be very pleased to help.
Professors and all the staff were very helpful and kind.
Choosing the school in Salamanca was definitely the best decision in my life. Salamanca is probably the best place to recommend for students to study Spanish.
Learned a lot in 3 weeks, and now I am in a great position to continue learning Spanish on my own. The after school and week-end programming was excellent!
The course covered exactly what I had hoped, I could feel myself learning new things every day, I just wish I had gone for longer! My host family was very friendly and helpful.
Our tutor was excellent and explained everything very well. He also gave us plenty of chance to try our Spanish by repeating phrases.
The course was hard work but very enjoyable. I just wish I'd been able to spend more time in Milan to progress further.
The course inluded learning the alphabet, which I did not expect. That was great! My host family was amazing! They made me feel at home and took me everywhere I wanted and more. I even got to go to a real Emirati wedding.
My tutor was excellent, very helpful and encouraging. I really appreciated the social programme and the range of activities on offer for us. My host family accommodation was a very useful way to practise my French.
The lessons were educational and fun at the same time.
A good course with plenty of speaking, and useful grammar/language lessons. Excellent support from the Apple Languages staff.
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