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NorskprveAndBergenstest:WhichExamToPrepareForLearnNorwegian

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Norskprve And Bergenstest: Which Exam To


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Finding a job in Norway, studying, getting a residence permitif you have any of those dreams, you will have to
prove that your Norwegian is sucient, i.e. you will have to pass a Norwegian language exam.
Notallexamswillbeacceptedthesamepurpose.Pickingthewrongexamwillcostyoualotoftime,energy,and
moneysohereisanoverviewoverwhichexamyoushouldtakeaccordingtoyoursituation.
Whymoredifficultisbetter
Ageneralrulefirst:youshouldtaketheexamwiththehighestpossiblelevel(dependingonhowgoodyouareat
speakingNorwegian)becauseitwillopenmoredoors.Forexample:itissufficienttotakeNorskprveA2ifyou
needaresidencepermit,butyouwillalsogetaresidencepermitifyouhavepassedthe(waymoredifficult)
NorskprveB2orBergenstest.ButwithNorskprveB2orBergenstestyoucanalsostudyataNorwegian
university,whichyoucannotdoifyouhaveonlypassedNorskprveA2.
WhentotaketheNorskprve
YoumightstillhearNorskprve2andNorskprve3somewhere,buttheseexamsdonotexistanylonger.They
havebeenreplacedby
NorskprveA1/A2
NorskprveA2/B1
NorskprveB1/B2
Letmedealwiththefirsttworightaway:youshouldonlytakethemif
youhavetobecauseitisyourobligationtoattendofficialNorwegiancoursesor
youneedaresidencepermitassoonaspossibleor
youwouldliketogetsomebasicexamexperience.

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IhesitaterecommendingNorskprveatanA1/A2orA2/B1levelifyoujustwanttoimproveyourchancesonthe
jobmarket.Letsfaceit:whoisimpressedbysomebasicknowledgeofNorwegian?Ifyouwanttochallenge
yourselforifyourpotentialemployerdemandsit,thentaketheexam.Butjusttakingitsothatyoucanputiton
yourCVisprobablyawasteoftime.IfyouwantagoodjobwhereNorwegianlanguagematters,youwillneedto
proveB1orB2level.
ThegoodthingabouttheNorskprveexamsisthatthereisnopass/failanylonger.Theresultoftheexamwillbe
thelevelofyourNorwegian.Forexample,ifyouregisterfortheA2/B1examandyouscorerelativelylow,youwill
getacertificatethatyourNorwegianisatlevelA2.Ifyouscorehigh,itwillsaylevelB1.
WhatdoestheNorskprvelooklike?
Thefirstpartoftheexamisdigitalized.Youwillsitinfrontofacomputerandsolvetasks.Ifyouaregood,the
computerwillpresentmoreandmoredifficulttaskstomeasureyourlevelmoreaccurately.Sothispartofthe
examisthesameforalllevels.Inthesecondpartyouwillhavetowriteatext,andinthethirdpartyouwillhaveto
talkaloneandwithanothercandidateinfrontofa(human)examiner.Forthispartyouwillhavetofindoutby
yourselfforwhichlevelyoushouldregister.Ifyouhaveateacher,askher/himforadvice.
TheNorskprveisheldtwiceayear,usuallyinJuneandDecember.
WehavepublishedafreeebookwithalotofbackgroundinformationaboutNorskprveandhowyoushouldget
preparedfortheexam.Youcandownloadithere:
http://www.skapago.eu/en/language/coursesandprices/norwegian/norskprove.html
IfyourNorwegianisgood:takeNorskprveB1/B2orBergenstest?
IbelievethateverybodywhohasachievedB2levelinNorwegianshouldtaketheBergenstest.Hereiswhy:
Itistheexamwiththehighestreputationonthejobmarket(apartfromTrinn3eksamen,whichyoucanonly
takeifyouareaNorwegianuniversitystudent).MaybeNorskprvewithaB2resultwilloncegetthesame
reputation,butrightnow(November2015)BergenstestisstillthekingofNorwegianlanguageexams.
IfyouhavepassedBergenstest,youwillalsohavesufficientdocumentationforstudyingataNorwegian
university.Ifyouareapplyingforuniversitystudieswithlimitedadmission,Bergenstestencangiveyoumore
pointsandthereforeincreaseyourchancesofgettingin.Norskprvenwillalwaysgiveyoutwopoints,
whereasBergenstestencangiveyouuptosixpointsifyouscorehigh.Moreover,inconnectionwith
universitystudies,thewrittenBergenstestwilldo,whereasyouhavetopassboththewrittenandtheoral
Norskprve(Idontunderstandthelogicbehindthis,butthatsthecurrentsituation).
SoherewehaveoneofthekeydifferencesbetweenNorskprveandBergenstesten:whileNorskprveisan
integratedexam,Bergenstestenisdividedintoawrittenandanoralexamwhichyoucantakeindependentlyof
eachother.
Thereare,however,afewdisadvantageswithBergenstestenthatyoushouldtakeintoaccount:
ThewrittenBergenstestseemstobemoreacademicallychallengingyouhavethegrammarpartwhichdoes
notexistinthesameforminNorskprven(howevergoodknowledgeofgrammarisrequiredthereaswell),
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andyouhavethereferat(summary)whichdoesnotexistinNorskprveneither.Theotherparts(written
production,readingcomprehension,listeningcomprehension)arefairlycomparable.
YoucantakeNorskprvenalmosteverywhereinthecountry,andinafewmunicipalitiesitischeaperthan
Bergenstesten.
Myconclusion:

Yourlevelis

A1

A2B1

B2orhigher

You want

ajob

keeponlearning

agoodjob

NorskprveA2/B1

keeponlearning

studyatauniversity

NorskprveB1/B2

Bergenstest(bothparts)

Bergenstest(written
part)

aresidencepermit

NorskprveA2/B1

NorskprveB1/B2

(andnothingelse)

Moreinformation
WehavepublishedthreefreeebookswithbackgroundinformationaboutBergenstestenandNorskprven.You
candownloadthemhere:
http://www.skapago.eu/en/language/coursesandprices/norwegian/norskprove.html
Abouttheauthor
WernerSkallaisacofounderoftheonlinelanguageschoolSkapago(www.skapago.eu).In2014hepublishedthe
NorwegiantextbooksTheMysteryofNils(forbeginners)andMysterietomNilsforadvancedstudents(including
BergenstestandNorskprveB2students),whereyoucanlearnNorwegianwhilereadingastory.Youcanread
moreaboutthebookshere:
www.skapago.eu/nils
Disclaimer
PleasenotethatwhileIhavecarefullyresearchedallthedetails,Icannotguaranteethattheinformationgivenis
100%correctanduptodate.Beforemakingadecisiononwhichexamtotake,alwayscheckwiththeinstitutions
thatoffertheexamsandwiththerelevantNorwegianauthoritieswhethertheinformationiscorrectanduptodate.

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2 thoughts on Norskprve And Bergenstest: Which Exam To Prepare For

VL
February 3, 2016

Hi,
This is a very useful information, thank you.
I have passed Norskprve 3, writing and speaking in 2013. What I know about Bergenstest is that it is required
in order to study at an university and for some jobs (teachers, healthcare professionals).
I am a marketing professional and I am looking for a job in Norway. In your opinion, should I take Bergenstest
as well?
Thank you in advance.

Kevin

Post author
February 4, 2016

Hi,
Yes, it would be very benecial if you are in marketing and serious about a job in Norway. You will become
more uent in Norwegian in the process as well.

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