Updated Information To The Official Norwegian Tests

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As you guys already know, I had created a free, handy guide to the Official Norwegian Tests to help those of you who needed the information to apply for these tests.

Update To The Norwegian Tests

These tests consisted of the Norskprøve 2 and Norskprøve 3 tests which were on paper. However as of 2014, these paper based tests have been replaced by a newer format of online tests. The Norskprøve 2 has been replaced with the A1-A2 level in the new norskprøve and the Norskprøve 3 has been replaced with the A2-B1 level in the new norskprøve.

Advantages Of The New Tests

Now I see that there are a few good things about this new Norwegian test.

  • If you have already passed the Norskprøve 2/Norskprøve 3 earlier, then you do not need to take the new norskprøve.
  • You would either pass or fail the Norskprøve 2/Norskprøve 3. But with the new norskprøve, you simple get graded as «Under A1», «A1», «A2» og «B1». So there is no fail.
  • Based on the practice tests provided, I see that since the test is online, it is a lot clearer to understand. Especially listening to the audio is much better. In the older tests, you had to listen to an audio CD over speakers which would really tax your ears.

Why You Should Take The Tests?

There are some benefits if you take the Norwegian tests.

  1. You get certified as someone who understands Norwegian.
  2. The lessons will help you with reading/writing Norwegian.
  3. The certificate helps you when applying for jobs in Norway.
  4. The certificate helps you when applying for Norwegian citizenship.

The Norwegian Course

The best way to learn Norwegian is to attend a Norwegian course. Some of the courses are private while some of them are provided by the community (in Norway).

The community courses are for immigrants and you need to check with your kommune where you can attend these courses. If you qualify for these courses, then you can attend the classes for free. You also get the training materials for free. You also get a free attempt to the Norwegian tests.

So if this is possible, you should definitely register for such courses in your municipality. (Click here for some more information. You can also check the website for the Oslo kommune.)

You can find some private courses online and offline. You can also find some private teachers who teach Norwegian. However these can be quite expensive and you should be willing to pay some money for the tutions as well as for the Norwegian tests.

Whether you attend a community course or a private course, learning at a class is the best because you interact with other people who are learning Norwegian. Listening and speaking are one of the fastest ways to learn the Norwegian language.

The Norwegian Tests

There are basically three levels of the Norwegian tests.

  1. Norsk Prøve 1
  2. Norsk Prøve Level A1-A2
  3. Norsk Prøve Level A2-B1

You do not need to appear for all the tests in a sequence. So, for example, if you pass Norsk Prøve Level A2-B1, you do not need to appear for the Norsk Prøve Level A2-B1 test.

Note that these tests are held only in Norway. (Click here to find more information about the new Norsk Prøve tests). You can appear for the tests either through a community course or privately.

If you appear through a community course the tests are free(for the first attempt). If you appear privately, the fee is now decided by each municipality. Note that the written and oral tests are separate which means you have to pay for both the written test and the oral test.

The Norsk Prøve 2 and 3 exams will take place two times a year.The rough dates are as shown below:

Spring: 26. – 30. May and 2. – 6. June 2014
Fall: 1. – 5. December 2014

(The dates depend on the municipality and will be communicated to you once you have applied for the tests).

Norsk Prøve 1

The Norsk Prøve 1 is the beginners level test. It is only available to students who are studying in a community course.

This is a test that is locally held in the class and on passing the test you get a local certificate.

Usually there is a written test and an oral test. You need to score around 65 percent in the written test and 90 percent in the oral test to pass.

The test is based on your understanding of basic Norwegian vocabulary and phrases.

Norsk Prøve A1-A2

The Norsk Prøve A1-A2 is the intermediate level test. It can be appeared through a community course or privately. This is a test that is nationally held and on passing the test you get a recognized certificate.

Norsk Prøve A1-A2 will test your ability to use Norwegian on a basic level, i.e. that you can understand and use common words and expressions in familiar everyday situations. This means that you should be able to read short, simple texts and messages. You should also be able to talk about yourself and your family, your job, your education, your living situation and other familiar everyday topics using simple phrases and sentences.

You will get your admission letter a few weeks before the tests are held.

There is a written test and an oral test. Usually the written and oral tests are not held on the same day.

Written Test

The written test is divided into three parts: a comprehension test, a listening test and an essay test. The listening and comprehension tests are online. The written test lasts for around 3-3.5 hours.

Comprehension Test

In the comprehension test, you are given a few paragraphs about advertisements, brochures, personal and public letters, brochures, announcements, menus, user manuals, announcements, newspaper articles, timetables or other simple written material.

You need to answer the questions after reading the paragraphs. The questions can be multiple choice or writing a few words.

To take a free sample test, head over to: https://adaptit.enovate.no/adapt-it/Begin#/setup/d95d756c40c88ab10140c8ebb64201e0 (Username: 322109, Password: default) or Click here.

Listening Test

In the listening test, an audio is played with some short sentences on topics such as personal relationships, work, shopping, transport, home, the immediate environment etc. You need to answer the questions after listening to the audio. Note that the audio for each question is repeated just twice before moving on to the next question. The questions can be multiple choice or clicking on the correct answer.

To take a free sample test, head over to: https://adaptit.enovate.no/adapt-it/Begin#/setup/d95d756c40c88ab10140c8f052bf0201 (Username: 322109, Password: default) or Click here.

Essay Test

In the essay test, there are three questions.One is to write a message (for example, an invitation to your birthday party). The second may be to describe the things happening in a provided image. The third is a longer essay (for example, an email to a friend about how it feels to live in Norway).

To take a free sample test, head over to: https://adaptit.enovate.no/adapt-it/Begin#/setup/be98b7a744b02a930144b18874d81f36 (Username: 322109, Password: default) or Click here.

Passing

The terms pass/fail are not applicable. Anyone who takes the test will receive a certificate remarking their skills level, from A1 to B1. If have not reached level A1, your certificate will be marked “under level A1”.

Oral Test

The oral test lasts for around 15 minutes. Usually it is held a day before (or after) the written tests.

The oral test is divided in one conversation part and one individual speaking part. The test takers are expected to describe, relate and express opinions and point of views on various levels.

In the oral test, you are paired with another student taking the test. There is a teacher who will ask the questions and an observer who will be assessing you.

There are four questions asked in the oral test.

  1. Tell something about yourself.
  2. The teacher gives a picture to the two students which they need to describe.
  3. The teacher gives a topic which the two students need to discuss (e.g. How do you stay in shape?).
  4. The teacher gives a topic which each student has to tell something about (e.g. What did you do in your vacation?) .

To take a free sample test, head over to: http://www.vox.no/contentassets/e687b1648f204a1a89839d196d2b14e6/eksempeloppgaver_muntlig_bm.pdf

Norsk Prøve A2-B1

The Norsk Prøve 3 is the advanced intermediate level test. It can be appeared through a community course or privately. This is a test that is nationally held and on passing the test you get a recognized certificate.

Norsk Prøve 3 will test your ability to use Norwegian independently, i.e. that you understand clear text and speech and are able to make yourself understood both when speaking and writing. This means that you must be able to understand the main points of a conversation in Norwegian. You should be able to deal with most everyday situations without any major problems and be able to understand the main points in radio and TV programs, for example the news. Additionally, you should be able to write a short, connected text on a topic of interest, or describing personal experiences and impressions.

You will get your admission letter a few weeks before the tests are held.

There is a written test and an oral test. Usually the written and oral tests are not held on the same day.

Written Test

The written test is divided into three parts: a comprehension test, a listening test and an essay test. The listening and comprehension tests are online. The written test lasts for around 3-3.5 hours.

Comprehension Test

In the comprehension test, you are given a few paragraphs about advertisements, brochures, personal and public letters, brochures, announcements, menus, user manuals, announcements, newspaper articles, timetables or other simple written material.

You need to answer the questions after reading the paragraphs. The questions can be multiple choice or writing a few words.

To take a free sample test, head over to: https://adaptit.enovate.no/adapt-it/Begin#/setup/d95d756c40c88ab10140c8ee2b9e01f0 (Username: 322109, Password: default) or Click here.

Listening Test

In the listening test, an audio is played with some short sentences on topics such as personal relationships, work, shopping, transport, home, the immediate environment etc. You need to answer the questions after listening to the audio. Note that the audio for each question is repeated just twice before moving on to the next question. The questions can be multiple choice, clicking on the correct answer, multiple answers, click and draw, etc

To take a free sample test, head over to: https://adaptit.enovate.no/adapt-it/testexecution/StartAssessmentBasedOnSetup or Click here.

Essay Test

In the essay test, there are three questions. First is to describe the things happening in a provided image. The second is a longer essay (for example, an email to a friend about how it feels to live in Norway). The third may also be an essay (for example, an email to the bus company complaining about stoppage of some rutes).

To take a free sample test, head over to: https://adaptit.enovate.no/adapt-it/Begin#/setup/be98b7a744b02a930144b18c8a001fc2 (Username: 322109, Password: default) or Click here.

Passing

The terms pass/fail are not applicable. Anyone who takes the test will receive a certificate remarking their skills level, from A1 to B1. If have not reached level A1, your certificate will be marked “under level A1”.

Oral Test

The oral test lasts for around 15 minutes. Usually it is held a day before (or after) the written tests.

The oral test is divided in one conversation part and one individual speaking part. The test takers are expected to describe, relate and express opinions and point of views on various levels.

In the oral test, you are paired with another student taking the test. There is a teacher who will ask the questions and an observer who will be assessing you.

There are four questions asked in the oral test.

  1. Tell something about a particular topic (e.g. A place you would like to visit).
  2. The teacher gives a topic which the two students need to discuss (e.g. How do you stay in shape?).
  3. The teacher gives a topic which each student has to tell something about (e.g. What profession are you interested in?) .

To take a free sample test, head over to: http://www.vox.no/contentassets/e687b1648f204a1a89839d196d2b14e6/eksempeloppgaver_muntlig_bm.pdf

References

  1. Norwegian Language Test
  2. Information for immigrants
  3. Norwegian for Immigrants
  4. Oslo Kommune

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3 thoughts on “Updated Information To The Official Norwegian Tests

  1. Hi,
    Thanks you very much for providing this information. I want to review a test(A1-A2 level) but userName:322109 and password:default is not valid to login on given website. Can you please provide a correct one or create a page where you show just question format of the test.
    Thanks in advance

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