Test of spoken Norwegian to obtain Norwegian citizenship


If you are applying for Norwegian citizenship, and are between 18 and 67 years old, you must have passed an oral test in Norwegian.

Who must have passed the test?

You must have passed the test if you are between 18 and 67 years old when you hand in your application documents to the police.

Which tests are approved at the B1 level or higher?

  • The oral test segment of the Norwegian language test (Norskprøven) from the Directorate for Higher Education, Skills Norway (Kompetanse Norge) (2017–2022) or VOX (2014–2017) with a result of B1 or B2.  
  • Test of sign language proficiency (prøve I tegnspråklig kommunikasjon) from the Directorate for Higher Education, Skills Norway (Kompetanse Norge) (2017–2022) or VOX (2014–2017) with a result of B1 or B2. 
  • The oral test segment of the Norwegian test 3 (Norskprøve 3) from Norsk Språktest (test administered in the period 2005–2014). 
  • The oral test segment of Språkprøven i norsk for voksne innvandrere from Norsk språktest (test administered in the period 1999–2005).
  • Språkprøven i norsk for voksne innvandrere from Norsk Språktest with a result of 220 points or more (test administered in the period 1996–1999).
  • Test i norsk for fremmedspråklige – mellomnivå from Norsk språktest with a result of 220 points or higher (test administered in the period 1992–1996). 
  • The reading comprehension and oral communication test segment of the Norwegian test C1 – higher academic level (leseforståelse og muntlig kommunikasjon, Norskprøven C1– høyere akademisk nivå) from the Directorate for Higher Education (previously Skills Norway [Kompetanse Norge]). 
  • The oral test segment of the Test in Norwegian – higher level (Bergenstesten) from Folkeuniversitetet (Norsk språktest) with a result of “passed” or better. If you took the test before autumn 2009, you must have a result of 500 points or higher.

Which tests are approved at the A2 level?

  • The oral test segment of the Norwegian language test (Norskprøven) from the Directorate for Higher Education Skills Norway (Kompetanse Norge) (2017–2022) or VOX (2014–2017) with a result of A2.
  • Test of sign language proficiency (prøve I tegnspråklig kommunikasjon) from the Directorate for Higher Education, Skills Norway (Kompetanse Norge) (2017–2022) or VOX (2014–2017) with a result of A2.
  • The oral test segment of the Norwegian test 2 (Norskprøve 2) (corresponds to level A2) from Norsk Språktest (test administered in the period 2005–2014). 

Have you already passed the test?

If you have already passed a test of this type in when you participated in a training programme in Norwegian and social studies, you are not required to retake the test 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. 

You will find information about the Norwegian tests on the website of Skills Norway (Kompetanse Norge) (eksternt nettsted).

If you have questions about the test, you must contact Skills Norway (Kompetanse Norge).

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 completed regular primary and lower secondary education in Norwegian or Sámi and received a final assessment grade or an examination grade in the subject (minimum grade 2).  
  • You have completed regular upper secondary education and training in Norwegian or Sámi and received a half-year assessment, final assessment grade or examination grade (minimum grade 2). 
  • You have completed Module 1 in modular education and vocational training (modulstrukturert fag- og yrkesopplæring (MFY)) and received a certificate of competence showing that the module has been approved. 
  • You have completed studies equivalent to 30 credits in Norwegian or Sámi at the university or university college level in Norway or abroad. 
  • You meet the entry requirements for studies in Norwegian or Sámi at a university or university college in Norway. For instance, you fulfil the entry requirements if you have:
    • passed the Level 3 (Trinn 3) exam at university
    • reached the age of 25 and have had an assessment of real competence at upper secondary education and training level 3 (VG3) approved 
    • been accepted for a study programme at a university or university college in Norway where the primary language of instruction is Norwegian 
    • completed a study programme instructed in Norwegian
  • You are unable to pass the test at the B1 level due to health-related issues or other personal circumstances beyond your control. In such case, you must either pass an A2-level test or be able to document that there are signficant factors preventing you from taking or passing the test at the A2 level. More information about this category of exemption is available here.
  • The municipality has granted you an exemption from the Norwegian language training requirement and/or the requirement to have passed an oral Norwegian test. This exception does not apply for those who have used the registration scheme for EU/EEA citizens. This also does not apply for those who were granted a first residence permit that forms the basis for a permanent residence permit prior to 1 September 2005 and who thus are not covered by the Introduction Act or the Integration Act.

UDI cannot make exceptions from the requirement for language training and tests based on other reasons than those listed here. A statement from a school, employer or other authority that you speak good Norwegian is not a basis for exempting you from the requirements.

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