Citizenship test requirement for Norwegian citizenship

If you are applying for Norwegian citizenship, and are between 18 and 67 years of age, you are required to pass the citizenship test or the social studies test in Norwegian.

Who must pass the test?

If you are between 18 and 67 years old, you must pass the test before you hand in your application documents to the police.

Which tests meet the requirement?

Have you already passed the test?

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

Please note! You must have taken the test in Norwegian. If you have only taken the social studies test in your own language, you must take it again in Norwegian.

If you are not sure if you have taken 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 such a test, you must take it now.

On the website of Skills Norway (Kompetanse Norge), you will find information about the social studies test (external website) and information about the citizenship test (external website)

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

Is it possible to be granted an exemption from such a test?

You may request an exemption from the test requirement if you are in one of these situations:

  • You have completed social studies in lower or upper secondary school and received a final assessment grade or examination grade in the subject (minimum grade 2).
  • You have completed social studies in upper secondary education 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 studied social sciences that provide knowledge about Norway at the university or college university level, corresponding to a minimum of 10 credits. These studies must cover the topics included in the Curriculum in Social Studies for Adult Immigrants (pdf, 473 kB), which are the following:

    1. Education, competence and working life
    2. Family, health and everyday life
    3. Norway before and now. 

    You must hand in an academic transcript and course description of the study you have completed. Examples of studies that qualify for this exemption include the social studies course, Norwegian Life and Society, at UiO or the one-year programme in Norwegian language and culture offered at numerous universities and university colleges.
  • You have completed studies in Norwegian or Sámi at the university or university college level in Norway. You must document that you have earned credits from studies in Norwegian or Sámi.
  • You are unable to pass the test for reasons related to health or other weighty considerations or personal circumstances. More information about relevant grounds for exemption is available here.
  • Your municipality has granted you an exemption from compulsory Norwegian social studies training and/or the Norwegian social studies test. If you have used the registration scheme for EU/EEA nationals or were granted a first residence permit that forms the basis for a permanent residence permit prior to 1 September 2005, then you are not covered by the Introduction Act or the Integration Act and are not eligible for exemption.

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