In a highly globalized world, it becomes easier for one to learn about new cultures and languages. In fact, language learning can be an asset that allows one to understand cultures well, communicate with others, and gain opportunities, such as advantages in studies abroad, scholarships abroad, business deals, and various others. In Metro Manila, there are various language proficiency tests that can allow you to measure your ability and fluency. Several institutions offer such exams that can measure your level and will be useful for your resume and many high-paying job opportunities (as much as 70,000.00 pesos monthly!). Check out these certificate programs and examinations!

Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi 汉语水平考试 (MANDARIN CHINESE)

The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi or Chinese Proficiency Test is offered by the Confucius Institute. Its levels range from HSK 1 (beginner) to HSK 6 (advanced). In Metro Manila, the test is offered every March, July, October and December. Applications for the exam begin two months before the exam proper and you have to pay the application fee based on the level you plan to take (200.00 PhP for HSK 1 up to 650.00 PhP for HSK 6). The HSK measures one’s listening, reading and writing skills in Mandarin Chinese. An oral examination known as the Hanyu Shuiping Kouyu Kaoshi (汉语水平口语考试) is also offered and measures one’s speaking abilities in the language (Basic, Intermediate & Advanced levels).

Check out the website of the Ateneo Confucius Institute (http://ateneoconfucius.squarespace.com/) or their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ateneoconfucius/) for announcements about the test and more information. If you are interested in visiting the institute, taking Mandarin Chinese classes, engaging in cultural events or have any inquiries, you may contact them or visit them.

6/F, Ateneo Professional Schools, #130 H.V. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City, Philippines
Tel: 8894-4513 or 8894-4663
Email: ci-makati@ateneoconfucius.com

Japanese Language Proficiency Test 日本語能力試験 (JAPANESE)

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test or Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken is offered by the Japan Foundation. Its levels range from JLPT N5 (beginner) to JLPT N1 (advanced). In Metro Manila, the test is offered every July & December. Applications for the exam begin four to five months before the exam proper and you have to pay the application fee based on the level you plan to take (1,100.00 PhP for N5, N4 & N3 and 1,500.00 PhP for N2 & N1). The JLPT measures one’s vocabulary, grammar, reading and listening in Japanese.

Check out the website of the Japan Foundation Manila (https://jfmo.org.ph/) or their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/jfmanila/) for announcements about the test and more information. If you are interested in visiting the institute, engaging in cultural events or have any inquiries, you may contact them or visit them.

Pacific Star Building (23rd Floor), Makati Ave., Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave, Makati, 1226 Metro Manila
Tel: 8811-6155
Email: email@jfmo.org.ph

Test of Proficiency in Korean 한국어능력시험 (Korean)

The Test of Proficiency in Korean or Hangugŏ Nŭngryŏk Shihŏm is offered by the Korean Cultural Center. Its levels range from TOPIK I Levels 1-2 (beginner) to TOPIK II Levels 3-6 (advanced). In Metro Manila, the test is offered every May & October. Applications for the exam begin four months before the exam proper and you have to pay the application fee of 600.00 PhP (all levels). TOPIK measures one’s vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing and listening in Korean.

Check out the website of the Korean Cultural Center Philippines (http://phil.korean-culture.org/en) or their Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/KoreanCulturalCenterPH/) for announcements about the test and more information. If you are interested in visiting the institute, taking Korean classes, engaging in cultural events or have any inquiries, you may contact them or visit them.

28F Spaces World Plaza, World Plaza Building, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Tel: 8878-6317
Email: info@koreanculture.ph

Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française (French)

The Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française or DELF is offered by the Alliance Française. Its levels range from A1 (beginner) to B2 (upper intermediate). The Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française or DALF is offered for proficient and advanced learners of French (C1-C2). In Metro Manila, the test is offered every March, May, July & October. Applications for the exam begin two months before the exam proper and you have to pay the application fee (from 2,800.00 PhP for A1 & A2 up to 4,200.00 PhP for C1 & C2). The DELF and DALF measure one’s listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in French.

Check out the website of the Alliance Française de Manille (http://www.alliance.ph/accueil-en/) or their Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/alliancefrancaisedemanille/) for announcements about the test and more information. If you are interested in visiting the institute, taking French classes, engaging in cultural events or have any inquiries, you may contact them or visit them.

209 Nicanor Garcia St., Bel-Air II, Makati, Metro Manila
Tel: 8895-7585
Email: info@alliance.ph

Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (Spanish)

The Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera or DELE is offered by the Instituto Cervantes. Its levels range from A1 (beginner) to C2 (advanced proficient). In Metro Manila, the test is offered every April, May, July, October & November. Applications for the exam begin three months before the exam proper and you have to pay the application fee (from 2,800.00 PhP for A1 up to 5,800.00 PhP for C2). DELE measures one’s listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in Spanish.

Check out the website of Instituto Cervantes de Manila (http://manila.cervantes.es/en/default.shtm) or their Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila/) for announcements about the test and more information. If you are interested in visiting the institute, taking Spanish classes, engaging in cultural events or have any inquiries, you may contact them or visit them.

Instituto Cervantes, Calle Real Plaza San Luis Complex, Intramuros, Manila 1002 Philippines
Tel: 8526-1482
Email: cenmni@cervantes.es

Goethe-Zertifikat (German)

The Goethe-Zertifikat is offered by Goethe Institut. Its levels range from A1 (beginner) to C2 (advanced proficient). In Metro Manila, the test is offered every January. Applications for the exam begin three months before the exam proper and you have to pay the application fee (from 5,000.00 PhP for A1 up to 11,800.00 PhP for C1). Goethe-Zertifikat measures one’s listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in German.

Check out the website of Goethe Institut Philippinen (http://www.goethe.de/ins/ph/en/index.html) or their Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/goetheinstitut.philippinen/) for announcements about the test and more information. If you are interested in visiting the institute, taking German classes, engaging in cultural events or have any inquiries, you may contact them or visit them.

G/4-5/F Adamson Centre 121 Leviste St. Salcedo Village, 1227 Makati City Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel: 8840-5723
Email: info-manila@goethe.de

Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri (Italian)

The Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri or PLIDA is offered by Società Dante Alighieri. Its levels range from A1 (beginner) to C2 (advanced proficient). Interested Italian learners should contact the SDA for more information. The PLIDA measures one’s listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in Italian.

Check out the website of Società Dante Alighieri Manila (http://www.dantemanila.com/dante) or their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SDA.Manila/) for announcements about the test and more information. If you are interested in visiting the institute, taking Italian classes, engaging in cultural events or have any inquiries, you may contact them or visit them.

Unit 45/4th floor, Zeta Building, 191 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Tel: 7759-2016
Email: sda.manila@dantemanila.com

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