Social studies test takers – information to adult immigrants
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 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:
- Chinese (Mandarin)
- Kurdish (Sorani)
- Norwegian (bokmål)
- Norwegian (nynorsk)
- Persian (Farsi)
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.
If you have difficulties with reading, you can apply to take the test orally. You have to apply to your test centre within three days of having registered for the test. For many candidates, it will be sufficient to use the audio function on the test. If you would like to take the test in another language other than Norwegian, you can apply to take it with an interpreter. This only applies to the test in social studies, not the citizenship test. You do not need a letter from your doctor or any other specialist to be able to take the test orally.
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 your test centre 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 your test centre 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 or you take the test in a separate room.
- 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.
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, smart glasses, smart watches or mobile 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 (plagiarism)
- 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.
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.
Falsifying of test certificate
Falsifying of test certificates will be reported to the police.
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?
|Test||Result||You 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.
You will have to contact the test centre to receive a new copy of the test certificate.
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.