Test in social studies

As of the 17th of March 2021, many test centres that organise the Norwegian language and Social Studies tests, are closed due to the Covid pandemic. If your test centre is closed, you will not be able to take any test before it opens again. Your test centre will contact you by SMS and email with more information. Frequently asked questions concerning the Covid-19 regulations.

About the test (in Norwegian)

The test lasts a maximum of 1 hour (60 minutes). The test should be in a language you understand well. If you want to use the test to apply for Norwegian citizenship, the test must be in Norwegian.

You will be given 38 questions with three answers options, and only one option is correct.

You must have at least 29 correct answers to pass the test.

You can take the test in one of the following languages:

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

Choose language

You do not choose language when you registrer for the exam. You select the language you want when you start the test in the examination room. 

Do you want the questions to be read out?

With the help of an audio file, you can have the questions read out in the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Dari
  • English
  • French
  • Norwegian (bokmål and nynorsk)
  • Pashto
  • Somali
  • Sorani
  • Tigrinya
  • Urdu

If the test is not available in a language you understand well, you can apply to take the test orally or with the help of an interpreter. You must submit the application to your test centre.

Do you want to practise?

If your reading skills are poor, you can apply to take an oral version of the test. You do not need a medical recommendation in order to do this.

If you have a visual or hearing impairment, you need to apply to your test centre to take an adapted version of the test. This also applies if you are taking an oral version of the test in sign language.

If you have dyslexia, a speech impairment or are dealing with trauma, you may also be entitled to take an adapted version of the test.

You must contact your test centre as soon as possible, but no later than three days after you register for the test.

You will need to have a letter from a doctor, psychologist, the Educational and Psychological Counselling Service or a speech therapist, which you must attach to the application for special adaptations.
Special adaptations can entail extra time, sitting alone whilst taking the test, or taking an oral version of the test.


You are not allowed to use any aids during the test. Use or attempted use of such is considered cheating. The following are some examples of cheating:

  • Using the internet, electronic devices, smart glasses, smart watches or mobile phones
  • Using computer programs other than the test application (e.g. Word, Notepad)
  • Copying all or parts of another person's answers
  • Using false ID
  • Using a dictionary or notes brought to the test centre
  • Communicating with anyone other than test centre employees during the test

Cheating and attempted cheating can have the following consequences:

  • You will be told to leave the premises
  • You will not get a test certificate 
  • You must wait one year to resit
  • You will have to pay to retake the test

Cheating will be discovered during or after the test, or when it is being marked.

If you are caught cheating you will be issued with a formal decision. You may lodge an appeal against this decision with the local authority.

Forging your test certificate

Forging your test certificate is considered document forgery and can lead to prosecution.