Spanish Written Proficiency Test

The Spanish writing test for English-speakers allows you to quickly measure a job candidate’s ability to accurately interpret messages written in Spanish. It requires candidates to read a variety of written communications that mirror real-life work situations – including emails from customers, text messages from supervisors and coworkers, work memos, and signs posted on doors – and choose the most appropriate multiple-choice answer. The test will reveal if a candidate has the Spanish written comprehension skills required to:

  • Interpret basic instructions.
  • Reply to emails and text messages.
  • Summarize messages.
  • Understand communications from other teams in an office setting.

element-grad-cap   ABILITIES EVALUATED

  • Ability to understand and summarize meaning in written Spanish
  • Ability to respond appropriately to requests written in Spanish

element-grad-cap   QUESTION FORMAT

  • Multiple Choice

element-grad-cap   LANGUAGE

  • English

element-grad-cap   DIFFICULTY

  • Easy


Hiring an employee with the ability to read and understand basic Spanish is critical for providing support to Spanish-speaking customers, corresponding with business partners in Latin America, and communicating with the Hispanic community. English-speaking candidates with excellent Spanish reading comprehension skills have the power to boost your customer satisfaction rates, eliminate language barriers, and help globalize your business to win new customers and improve customer retention.

Designed to help you identify and hire skilled Spanish communicators, the Spanish written proficiency test helps you discover if a candidate has the level of language comprehension skills needed to navigate the world around them in Spanish, as well as perform work duties that involve interpreting written Spanish and communicating with a wide variety of people.

The Spanish proficiency test also estimates a job candidate’s ability to:

  • Accurately understand memos, emails, and text messages written in Spanish.
  • Understand directions about common work tasks, including scheduling meetings.
  • Interpret formal messages sent by coworkers, supervisors, customers, and other companies.

Use this Spanish proficiency test to quickly and easily screen entry-level or experienced applicants according to their fluency, especially sales professionals, customer service representatives, administrative assistants, travel agents, or any other roles requiring employees with basic Spanish comprehension skills.


Sample Question 1

You receive the email below:

Estamos planeando comer a ese nuevo restaurante que está situado calle abajo. ¿Quieres venir con nosotros? Debe ser más tarde esta semana para el almuerzo. Voy a hacer una reserva.

When will this event take place?

  1. At lunch today
  2. At dinner today
  3. At lunch later this week
  4. At dinner later this week
  5. At lunch on Friday
  6. At dinner on Friday


Sample Question 2

You receive the email below:

Buenas tardes,

Por favor, disculpe las molestias. La reunión del jueves ha sido cambiada para el viernes en la sala 301. Reunimos a las 2 de la tarde después del almuerzo. Gracias y hasta entonces.

This message is notifying you that ____________.

  1. there’s construction outside the building
  2. your boss wants you to order lunch for the conference
  3. the meeting has been rescheduled
  4. your boss wants you to have lunch with a client
  5. you need to take the documents to Room 301


  • Administrative & Customer Support
  • Sales & Retail
  • Travel


The Written Spanish for English Speakers module content was developed by the Indeed Assessment Science Team, with expertise in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Instructional Design, Education, and Graphic Design. In addition, team members worked in collaboration with subject matter experts (SMEs). Indeed’s SMEs are required to demonstrate experience performing at a high level, supervisory experience, or responsibility for defining requirements for those jobs that require Spanish written communication skills.