Foreign Language Proficiency Test: 4 Tips to Reach CEFR B2 Level in the FLPT

I received the test results from my Foreign Language Proficiency Test (FLPT). The FLPT exam that I did in Kaohsiung, Taiwan was for the Spanish language. Here’s what I got!

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As you can see, above is the test results certificate from LTTC is all in Chinese. You may be confused if you don’t understand Chinese yourself, but the characters and the corresponding scores are not too difficult to figure out.

The results letter that the LTTC sent me also included a sheet (that came in English and Chinese) that gave descriptors of the different scores, so this also helped me to figure out my score.

I have translated the Chinese to English, so that you can understand what level I reached according to the Foreign Language Proficiency Test. Additionally, I wrote down the corresponding CEFR (Common European Framework Reference Level), as the LTTC have themselves found that certain scores in the FLPT tests align with certain levels in the CEFR.

FLPT RECEPTIVE SKILLS

  1. Listening = 79 (equivalent to CEFR B2 High-Intermediate Level)
  2. Usage = 66 (equivalent to CEFR B1 Intermediate Level)
  3. Vocabulary & Reading = 96 (equivalent to CEFR C1 Advanced Level)

Total Score for Receptive Skills = 241 (equivalent to CEFR C1 Advanced Level)

FLPT PRODUCTIVE SKILLS

  • Speaking = S-2 (equivalent to CEFR B1 Intermediate Level)

FLPT to CEFR Comparison_List

How I felt about my FLPT test results?

Overall, I had mixed emotions about my Foreign Language Proficiency Test results for Spanish. I had feelings ranging from amazement to utter disappointment, which I go into more depth below:

1) Amazed at my C1 Level score for Spanish Receptive Skills

On the one hand, I felt amazed that my collective score for my Spanish receptive skills was 241, which is equivalent to the C1 Level on the Common European Framework. It seems that my vocabulary and reading skills are exceptional, as I received a score of 96 for that section of the Receptive Skills part, and this seemed to have brought my aggregate score up.

2) Expected a High Score for Spanish Vocab & Reading, which was met at C1+

I wasn’t too shocked though about my vocabulary and reading skills being superior since I have been using Anki Spaced Repetition flashcards that have reinforced the vocab I have already learned.

On top of that, I have been doing a lot of extensive reading the past few months, having read a combination of academic papers that have interested me, novels in Spanish as well as non-fiction books, so I think my reading speed is fast and my Spanish reading technique is quite solid.

3) Pleasantly surprised at my B2 Level Spanish Listening Skills

I was also pleasantly surprised at my score of 79 for my listening skills. The reason why I was happy about my B2 Level Spanish listening skills is because when I did the DELE Spanish Exam at the B2 Level, I actually failed at the listening section of it.

So getting recognition of having B2 Level listening skills now is a real accomplishment for me, and demonstrates that I’ve improved my listening ability. In my opinion, I credit this improvement to my increased attention on listening to Spanish using 2 methods: 1) Extensive listening of Spanish language podcasts, and 2) Intensive listening of Spanish language vlogs and music videos on YouTube.

Nevertheless, I would say that I still have a long way to go to improve my listening skill as I find that I’m still having some problem listening to native speakers when they talk very fast. My next goal would be to reach C1 Level listening with the FLPT exam to make sure that I’ve really cleared B2 level Spanish listening, and so I’d be more confident with B2 listening once I’m ready to do the DELE again.

4) Disappointed at my B1 Level Spanish Grammar Usage Skills

Although my overall Spanish receptive skills score amounted to a C1 Level, when I break down the score for each component section, I was really disappointed that my Spanish Grammar Usage skills are actually only at the B1 Level.

It seems that my Vocabulary and Reading skills score brought up my overall score, but it doesn’t cover the fact that my grammar skills in Spanish is still lacking! I can’t deny it.

I think my difficulties in grammar lie in my usage of the subjunctive, and sometimes I think I have trouble with the past, future and conditional verb tenses.

Moving forward, this is a clear indication to me that I really need to work on revising and improving my grammar usage in Spanish. I plan to do more writing and speaking and getting feedback on my grammar, and then creating Anki cards on those grammar points that I keep messing up on.

5) Upset at my B1 Level Spanish Speaking Skills

The biggest upset for me though was my B1 Level Speaking Skills. I received a grade of S-2 which is equivalent to B1 on the CEFR scale. This is not up to par with where I want to be right now.

I really want to reach the B2 Level for my Spanish speaking skills, but from the FLPT exam results it seems that I still have some improvements to do. To be honest, my speaking skills were demonstrated to be my weakest skill when I did the Spanish DELE B2 test with the Instituto Cervantes, and it was one of the core reasons I had failed the DELE B2. Again, it seems that my speaking skills are lacking, and are not yet at the B2 level.

Therefore, moving forward, it seems I really need to work on Spanish speaking skills in order to propel it to the B2 level according to the Common European Framework for languages.

What am I going to do now to reach CEFR B2 Level in all aspects of my Spanish?

I am going to be continuously improving in all the 4 key areas of my Spanish in order to reach the B2 Level according to the Common European Framework Reference for languages.

You can read more below about my strategy:

1) READING at the B2 Level

I know that my Spanish reading skills and vocabulary are solid due to my Anki daily routine, so I’ll continue doing that. I’ll also continue doing extensive reading in Spanish, which has been very interesting for me.

2) WRITING at the B2 Level

To improve my grammar usage, I believe that my extensive reading will help with that because I will be exposed to more grammar input in a natural context, so that I will get more accustomed to various grammar patterns. In addition, I will be writing journal entries in Spanish, and through that, I will have to use different grammar forms of words, and I will get these writings corrected by native speakers.

3) LISTENING at the B2 Level

To improve my Spanish listening skills, I’ll be doing intensive listening techniques largely on Spanish YouTube videos, such as vlogs and music videos. I will put some of the audio snippets of some of the tough audios into Anki to train my ear.

4) SPEAKING at the B2 Level

For my Spanish speaking skills, I will be doing talks about different topics. They will be monologues that I will record, and then have the recordings checked by a native speaker. This is better for me right now because I can do it according to my schedule and interests. Additionally, I will be watching YouTube videos of native Spanish speakers having dialogues, and I will learn new conversational phrases through that.

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