Test in social studies

Social studies test takers – information to adult immigrants

How to sign up

If you have the right and duty to receive tuition in social studies, you need to contact the test center in the municipality where you live to sign you up for the test.

If you do not have the right or duty to such tuition, or if you are taking the test again, you can sign up for the test here (in Norwegian).

If you are not sure about your rights to tuition, you can visit the IMDi website for further information regarding rights and responsibilities related to tuition.

The test

The test will conclude the 50 hours of tuition in social studies. 

At the website samfunnskunnskap.no you will find texts and films covering the syllabus for this subject.

The test takes maximum 60 minutes. You are entitled to take it in a language you understand well. See the list of available languages below.

There are 38 questions in the test. Each has 3 alternative answers, of which only one is correct. The minimum number of correct answers required to pass the test is 29 out of the total of 38.

The test is available in the following languages:

  • Albanian
  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • Bosnian
  • Burmese
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Croatian
  • Dari
  • English
  • French
  • Kurdish (Sorani)
  • Norwegian (bokmål)
  • Norwegian (nynorsk)
  • Pastho
  • Persian (Farsi)
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog
  • Tamil
  • Thai
  • Tigrinya
  • Turkish
  • Uighur
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese

For Arabic, Dari, Somali, Sorani and Tigrinya, the test is also available as audio files. If the test is not available in a language you understand, you can apply to take the test orally, or with the help of an interpreter. The application shall be submitted to your test institution.

We have created a sample test where you can see what the real test looks like.

Special circumstances

Oral test

If you have difficulties with reading, you can apply to take the test orally. You have to apply to the municipality where you live within three days of having registered for the test.

Sight and hearing impairments

If you have a sight or hearing impairment, you can apply to the test centre for individual adaptation of the test. You have to apply to the municipality where you live within three days of having registered for the test. This also applies if you are taking the oral test using sign language.

Other types of individual adaptation

Candidates with dyslexia, speech impediments or trauma, may also be eligible for individual adaptation of the test. You have to apply to the municipality where you live within three days of having registered for the test. You will also need to include a letter from a doctor, psychologist, pedagogical services or a speech therapist in your application.

Individual adaptation can be, for example, that you have extended time, sit alone, or that you can take the test orally

Who is required to take the test?

  • If you hold a valid residence permit dated after 1st of September 2013, which gives you the right and duty to tuition, then you are required to complete the tuition with a test. If you have a residence permit dated prior to 1st of September 2013, which gives you the right and duty to tuition, then you can choose to take the test in social studies.
  • If you have only the duty or only the right to tuition then you can choose to take the test.
  • If you are in Norway under the EEA Regulations then you can choose to take the test.
  • If you are an asylum seeker you can choose to take the test.

Cheating

You are not allowed to use any assistive devices during the test. Any use, or attempts to use, assistive devices during the test is considered cheating.

Examples of cheating could be:

  • Use of internet, electronic devices or cell phones.
  • Use of computer programs other than the test application (e.g. Word, Notepad)
  • Copying of another person's text, partially, or in its entirety.
  • Use of false identification.
  • Use of a dictionary or any form of notes brought to the test.
  • Communication with other people, except for the test administrators, during the test.

Cheating, or attempts at cheating have the following consequences:

  • You will be shown off the premises.
  • You will not get a test certificate for any of the tests taken during the test period (this includes both written and oral tests).
  • You will not be allowed to take the test again before the next test period.
  • You will have to pay to retake the test.

Your work during the written presentation test (norskprøven) will be monitored and logged.

Cheating may be uncovered during the test, after the test, or during marking of the test.

If you are caught, or suspected of cheating, you will receive a resolution. You may contest the resolution by sending a complaint to the local municipality.

Plagiarism:

The texts you write in the written presentation (norskprøven) test have to be your own work. Plagiarism is not allowed. If you use another person's text (for example from a book, the internet or another student), partially or in its entirety, and present it as your own work, it will be considered plagiarism and your test will not be evaluated.

Result and test certificate

The test certificate will be sent by post

  • If you have questions about the certificate, you will have to contact the test centre.
  • Remember to write your address correctly when you register for the test.
  • You will not receive the result before you receive your test certificate.

What result can I get, and when will I receive my test certificate?

TestResultYou will receive your certificate after approx:
Norwegian language test* under A1, A1, A2, B1, B2 6–8 weeks
Social studies test Pass or fail 2–4 weeks
Citizenship test Pass or fail 2–4 weeks

*For the Test of Norwegian for adult immigrants, it is possible to receive different results for each part of the test. If you have taken the test several times, it is the best result that will be shown on the test certificate.

Do you need a new test certificate?

If you took a test after March 2014, you will have to contact the test centre to receive a new copy of the test certificate.

If you took a test before March 2014, you can send an e-mail to postmottak@kompetansenorge.no to receive a confirmation of your result. You will receive a reply within three weeks. Unfortunately, we cannot send a new test certificate.

The e-mail must include:

  • name (if you have changed your name, you will have to include documentation confirming the change)
  • address
  • phone number
  • e-mail addressdate of birth, DUF number or D-number (not personal number)
  • which test you took
  • when and where you took the test

Complaint

You cannot make a complaint about the test result.

You can make a complaint concerning the test procedures. Formal errors could be technical errors on the day of the test that you think may have affected your result. The deadline for complaints to such errors is three weeks after you conducted the test. You must send the formal complaint to the center where you took the test.

Each municipality determines the cost of the test.

You can take the test free of charge once, if you have the right and duty to Norwegian language and social studies tuition. If you want to take the test again, or if you do not have the right to free tuition, you have to pay for the test.