Norwegian language test

A range of online resources are available for you to practise your Norwegian:

Free resources for Norwegian language training

Do you want an idea of what to expect?

You can check out some sample exercises to see what the tests consist of. They don't test your knowledge of factual information. You will not know which level you are at. But you will know how many questions you answer correctly.

You can choose wether you want to take the sample exercises in bokmål or nynorsk when choosing the samle assignments.

 Information in norwegian:

Level A1-A2Level A2-B1Level B1-B2
Lytteforståelse
(A1–A2)
Lytteforståelse
(A2–B1)
Lytteforståelse
(B1–B2)
Leseforståelse
(A1–A2)
Leseforståelse
(A2–B1)
Leseforståelse
(B1–B2)
Skriftlig framstilling
(A1–A2)
Skriftlig framstilling
(A2–B1)
Skriftlig framstilling
(B1–B2)
Norsk tegnspråk for voksne innvandrere
(A1–A2)
Norsk tegnspråk for voksne innvandrere
(A2–B1)
 

 Do you want to know more about the oral test? See sample exercises for the oral test (pdf).

Several sample answers that you can use to practise for the written presentation (pdf)

The Norwegian language test measures language proficiency at levels A1, A2, B1 and B2.

For the written presentation part of the test and for the oral part of the test you need to register for a test at level A1–A2, A2–B1 or B1–B2. Our self-assessment forms can help you to choose the right level.

Here is a simple explanation of what the levels mean:

A1

You can understand and use familiar, everyday words and expressions. You can participate in a simple conversation if the person you are speaking to speaks slowly and clearly and helps you.

A2

You can participate in simple conversations about common and practical activities that you are familiar with. You can read and understand short, simple texts related to your work. You can write short, simple messages and describe experiences and events using simple phrases and sentences.

B1

You can understand the main points of clear text and speech about familiar topics that you often encounter in connection with work, school and leisure. You can manage in most situations that may arise, and can write simple texts on familiar topics and briefly explain and justify opinions and plans.

B2

You can understand the main content of complex or academic texts, including academic discussions within your own discipline, and are able to participate in conversations using relatively spontaneous and fluent language, and you can write clear, detailed and argumentative texts on a wide range of topics.

How can I improve my result?

To reach a higher level, you need to improve your language proficiency in various ways:

  • You need to be able to use the language more flexibly and more precisely, in more (unfamiliar) situations, and in connection with more topics.
  • At higher levels, you can understand spoken language even when there is background noise or several people talking at the same time. You can read long texts, including those without a clear structure.

A teacher can explain and give you advice on how to improve even more and reach the next level.