The CEPE exam in Mexico helps immigrants to get a job.
The Center for Foreigners (Centro de Enseñanza para Extranjeros, CEPE) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), founded in 1921 with the mission of internationalizing the Spanish language and Mexican and Hispanic-American Culture, has developed the Spanish Language Proficiency Exam (Examen de Posesión de la Lengua Española, EPLE), to certify in Mexico and worldwide, the level of proficiency of the Spanish language.
The main reasons why non-native Spanish speakers take the EPLE are:
• To attend universities in Spanish speaking countries.
• To apply for scholarships.
• To certify their proficiency of Spanish to work in Spanish speaking countries.
• To work as a Spanish teacher in their countries
What does EPLE measure?
EPLE quantitatively and qualitatively measures your ability to use Spanish in different environments and situations. It measures your knowledge and your ability to apply this knowledge. In other words, it measures the level of linguistic competence, such as:
• Appropriate use of the Spanish language
• Understanding of linguistic context
• Interpretation of meanings
• Coherent expression
• Element organization in sentences to give different meanings
• Idenitification of errors
• Construction of Spanish language structures
The Certificate issued by UNAM includes individual scores for each section of the exam. The results of the exam are valid for two years.
Experts from CEPE-UNAM will evaluate the Spanish proficiency of applicants.