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Spanish assessment specification

Scholarship Performance Standard (93007) Spanish 
Mode of assessment Written and spoken examination
For year 2020

Resources or information supplied:

  • A question-and-answer booklet for each candidate.
  • An audio file of the Listening passage(s).
  • A laminated 'Speaking Task' card.

The school will provide a device and software on which to play the listening passage(s), and to record the candidates' spoken responses.

Format of the assessment:

The exam consists of TWO parts, held in a three-hour time slot:

  • First, is a two hour Writing section with two questions in response to spoken and written stimulus material in SPANISH.
  • Second, is a short individual Speaking section, scheduled within a one-hour time slot, with one question in SPANISH.

Section One: Writing (two hours)


This question will require a response written in Spanish, to passage(s) spoken in Spanish, and provided as an audio file.

The Listening passage(s) will:

  • require approximately 30 minutes listening time
  • be repeated 3 times: the first time as a whole, the second and third times in sections, with a pause after each section
  • consist of no more than 3 passages
  • be linked around a common theme.


This question will require a response written in English or te reo Māori, to stimulus material written in Spanish, provided in the question-and-answer booklet.

The written stimulus material will:

  • consist of no more than 3 texts
  • be linked around a common theme.

Section Two: Speaking (individual sessions within a one-hour time slot)


Candidates will be required to give a spoken response of 3–4 minutes to a question related to the listening passage(s) and/or the written text(s). Both the question and the response will be in Spanish.

In the recording room, candidates will be given:

  • a straightforward question
  • paper and pen
  • 10 minutes to draft an oral response to the question.

At the end of 10 minutes, candidates will give a spoken response of 3–4 minutes, in Spanish, to the question. Candidates may use their notes as they speak.

Information for candidates (PDF, 28KB)

Spanish resources

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Exam materials (question books, resource books, reports, schedules, etc)

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