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.

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.

The certificate

The test result is either «passed» or «failed».

The test institution where you took the test will send you your certificate by mail two weeks after the test. It is therefore important that you make sure your address is correct when you sign up for the test.


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.