Norwegian oral test for those who apply for Norwegian citizenship


If you are going to apply for Norwegian citizenship, and are between 18 and 67 years old, you must have passed a Norwegian oral test.

Who must have passed the test?

You must have passed the test if you

  • handed in your application documents to the police after 1 January 2017 (even if you had filled in the application form in the Application Portal before 1 January), and
  • are between 18 and 67 years old when you hand in your application documents to the police.

Were you not able to get an appointment before the new year?

The UDI is aware that in several police districts there were no available appointments for handing in application documents before 1 January 2017.

It is therefore not necessary for you to have passed the test if you completed the application form and paid the fee in the Application Portal before 15 December 2016, and were not able to get an appointment to hand in your application documents until after 1 January 2017. (You must have booked the first available appointment.)

If you are under the age of 18 years old or over the age of 67 years old when you hand in your application documents to the police, you do not need to have passed the test in any case.

What tests meet the requirement?

You must have passed a test in oral (spoken) Norwegian on at least level A2, for example:

  • Norskprøven from Skills Norway (with the result A2, B1 or B2)
  • Norskprøve 2 or Norskprøve 3 (these tests were replaced by Norskprøven in 2014, and are not given any more)
  • Bergenstesten
  • Trinn 3-eksamen
  • Sign language communication test (prøve i tegnspråklig kommunikasjon) with the result A2, B1 or B2

Have you already passed the test?

If you have already passed such a test when you participated in the tuition in Norwegian language and social studies, you do not need to take it again now.

If you are not sure if you have passed such a test, please contact the municipality (kommune) where you took the tests.

Do you wish to take the test now?

If you have not already taken the test, you must take it now. The tests are only held twice a year.

You will find information about the Norwegian tests on the website of Skills Norway (external website).

If you have questions about the test, you must contact Skills Norway.

Is it possible to be exempted from taking such a test?

You can ask for an exemption from the requirement to have passed the test if you are in one of these situations:

  • You have “adequate knowledge” of the Norwegian or Sami language. You must hand in documentation which shows that you have adequate knowledge when you apply.
  • You are seriously or chronically ill. Exemptions are only granted in exceptional circumstances. You must document your illness by means of a medical certificate.
  • There are other weighty (important and serious) reasons why you have not passed the test. Exemptions are only granted in exceptional circumstances. You must document why it would be unreasonable not to grant you an exemption.
  • The municipality has previously granted you an exemption from the requirement to have passed an oral Norwegian test or from the Norwegian language tuition requirement, either because you have adequate Norwegian language skills or because of illness. You must enclose a copy of the municipality's decision.

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