Now that the higher level exam Bergenteset has been discontinued since October 2022, the only official Norwegian language test you will need to take is called Norskprøven. This exam measures proficiency in Norwegian and is categorized by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels, which range from A1 to C1. You can take Norskprøven in Bokmål or Nynorsk, which are the two written varieties of Norwegian.
Bokmål is the dominant variety in most of Norway, and it is based on Danish. Nynorsk, on the other hand, is based on different Norwegian dialects. While most Norwegians speak a dialect from the region where they grew up, the one from Oslo is the most similar to Bokmål.
There are many reasons why it is important to undertake Norskprøven. For instance, in Norway, you need to document B2 proficiency in Norwegian to qualify for higher education admission, and you must also have language skills documented to apply for a permanent residence permit or citizenship.
If you’re unsure which level to sign up for, you can book a call with Norsk Hjemme, and they can help you decide which level would suit you best. They are experts in preparing students for Norskprøven, and their students have a high success rate in passing the exam.
Norskprøven is a comprehensive exam divided into two parts: a written test with three sections, reading, writing, and listening, and an oral test with a conversation and individual speaking. During the oral test, you will be paired with another candidate and will have approximately 25 minutes to complete the exam.
To take the exam, you must be in Norway. However, all municipalities offer the exam twice a year, and you can find detailed information about Norskprøven on the Kompetanse Norge website, which is the official website for the test.
Finally, getting certified takes approximately six weeks after taking the exam. With Norsk Hjemme’s expert guidance and preparation, passing the Norskprøven can unlock a better life for English speakers by increasing earning potential, providing better job opportunities, and improving overall quality of life.