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Bright Spanish is one of the 11 language tests, administered by Bright Language. It is a linguistic reference tool, mainly used in the professional realm and university to recruit employees and students for major institutions and Spanish-speaking companies.
The Bright Spanish test helps determining the level of skills of the Spanish language of a candidate. It is not a training but an exam which leads to a competency certificate. The results of Bright Spanish are precise, which allows candidates to perceive the real degree of their Spanish level, following an education experience or a course. This test is considered as a linguistic reference tool for a large number of multinationals, in terms of recruitment processes. Bright Spanish can also be used to obtain a place in certain schools or universities abroad, to make your immigration dossier all the more attractive, but also for personal purposes, to assess your own level. This test is therefore very popular in the professional realm, in almost all sectors but mainly in the fields of trade and finance.
Bright Spanish aims to assess the level of Spanish of the candidate at an instant T. It is indeed a question of testing the level of natural and spontaneous language of candidates and their ability to understand, speak, read and write Spanish. This is why there isn’t much information available online about the detailed content of Bright Spanish. Bright Language group’s policy is to avoid leaking too much detail, so that there is no impact on the effectiveness and relevance of this review.
Bright Spanish lasts approximately 1 hour and is made up of 120 questions overall, divided into 2 equivalent sections of 60 questions each. The first part of the test assesses the written comprehension of the language, while the second section allows to test the oral comprehension of the candidate in Spanish. Most of the questions asked in the Bright tests relate to topics to do with the professional realm such as trade, business communication or travel.
Part 1 : Bright Reading
This first section of Bright Spanish involves assessing your grammatical, lexical, semantic and syntactic skills.. It is made up of 60 multiple choice questions. For each question, you must choose the correct answer from 4 propositions. This first part should last approximately 30 minutes.
Here are the types of questions which are likely to be asked in Bright Reading:
“____ siempre me han tratado bien. No voy a irme a otra empresa.”
You must complete the sentence with one of these 4 propositions:
Right answer: (B)
“Yo empecé a trabajar _____ mis compañeros universitarios.”
You need to choose among:
Right answer: (A)
“Necesito ______ libro, ya he terminado todos los que tenía en la estantería.”
Choose the correct answer:
Right answer: (D)
Part 2 : Bright Listening
In this second part of the exam, the candidate gets his capacity to understand oral Spanish assessed. The candidate listens to sentences, accompanied by a question with 3 propositions to answer from. This part also lasts approximately 30 minutes with a total of 60 questions. To help you better understand this test, here are a few examples from the GlobalExam training platform:
You will hear: ”El tren tiene camas porque viaja durante la noche.”
You need to choose between:
Right answer: (A)
You will hear: “Siempre que quieras puedes contar conmigo.”
You need to choose from:
Right answer: (A)
You will hear: “El cambio del tipo de consumidor hace reflexionar al sector sobre si el surtido que ofrecen es el adecuado, o debe adaptarse.”
You need to choose one of these 3 suggestions:
Right answer: (B)
How is the Bright Spanish score calculated?
The score obtained on the Bright Spanish varies from 0 to 5.
The result 0 corresponds to a beginner level and 5 corresponds to a bilingual level. One of the great advantages of the Bright Spanish test is that its score is in keeping with the language levels A1 to C2 established by the CEFR. The result obtained can be easily interpreted and understood. Moreover, this equivalence is specified on the result report, which one receives at the end of the test.
To help things be even more clear, here is an equivalence table between the Bright results and the official CEFR levels.
To help you see more clearly, here is an equivalence table between the Bright results and the official CEFR levels:
|CECRL scale level||Translation||Bright Spanish score|
|Level A1 (CECRL)||Beginner||0|
|Level A2 (CECRL)||Intermediate||1|
|Level B1 (CECRL)||Intermediate||2|
|Level B2 (CECRL)||Advanced||3|
|Level C1 (CECRL)||Self-sufficient||4|
|Level C2 (CECRL)||Proficiency||5|
In terms of a professional objective, for example a recruitment or evolution of position, obtaining the B1 level (equivalent to score 2) is a minimum. This score can lead to opportunities like business in international communication. For engineers, managers or lawyer positions, a minimum score of 3 in Bright Spanish is required. If your objectives require a perfect command over the language, you should rather aim for a 4 or 5 with your score.
How to stack all the odds on your side to get a good score on Bright Spanish?
You want to know how to get a good score on Bright Spanish? Even if you are naturally good at the language, the key to success lies in preparing for the test. Therefore, it is very important to prepare a revision schedule several weeks, or even several months before the D-Day. Whether it is via an online platform, through revision books or other resources, we advise you to revise your grammar, syntax properly but also enrich your vocabulary as much as possible. To learn while having fun, there's nothing like supplementing “formal” revision with watching Spanish films and sitcoms. You can also make it a habit and listen to the Spanish radio or television, but also read novels in this language to keep yourself entertained while strengthening your oral and written comprehension.
Getting a good score in Bright Spanish also means knowing how to properly understand the different exercises on the day of the test. Bright Spanish is a test which requires speed and time control as this is key to gain the maximum number of points. Here are our tips to succeed at the Bright Reading and Listening sections:
Have you decided to take the Bright Spanish test with the idea of a recruitment abroad, pursuing studies or simply wanting to know your level for personal sake ? A very good initiative! To register for the Bright Spanish, it is required that you contact one of the Bright Language partner organizations. There are many centers all around the globe and you can find the list of centers on the official BRIGHT website. You can register online, by phone or by going on spot. You will need to fill out a form and provide a copy of your ID. Once your request has been registered, you will get an appointment for the exam. To pass the Bright Spanish, you will have to pay between 80 and 120 euros, the rates can vary depending on the centers. Additional costs may also be added during certain circumstances (late registration or postponed appointment for example). Once your assessment has been completed, you will obtain your score, the official validity is 2 years.
Bright Spanish is a standardized exam with a very specific structure and instructions. This is why the best way to boost your score is to prepare intensively, in order to get used to the structure of the test and its type of exercises. If you don’t prepare properly or familiarize yourself with the test in general, which means acquiring automatisms, you may end up losing a lot of time on the day of the exam.
To begin your preparation phase, we recommend that you begin by taking the mock Bright Spanish test. This will allow you to obtain an assessment of your spontaneous level, but also analyze your understanding of the test and pinpoint the weak areas that you will have to work on, to obtain the score you are aiming for..
On our GlobalExam platform, you have all the resources you need to prepare for Bright Spanish in the best of conditions. Preparation for the Bright Spanish test through GlobalExam is available in two different training modes:
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In the blog section of GlobalExam, you will also find lots of advice and information on the logistical aspects of preparing for Bright Spanish: interpretation of the score, rates for Bright Spanish, levels to target depending on the goals, list of approved centers etc. All the information is present to allow you to address this test as calmly as possible, without any gray areas. In addition to the GlobalExam platform, which is dedicated to your interactive test preparation, our blog is the most effective way of passing on our expertise which we’ve acquired over the years, on language exams.