Mandatory tests in Norwegian language and social studies

From September 1st 2013 compulsory final tests in Norwegian language and social studies for immigrants are being introduced.

The law amendment embraces those who come into the rules for training after this date. Immigrants who receive a residence permit with entitling and obligation to participate in Norwegian and social studies after 1 September 2013, will thus be covered by the system of compulsory final tests in Norwegian language and social studies.

Obligation to take the final test applies regardless of whether the education in Norwegian language and social studies is done under the auspices of the municipality, or at a private school.

The mandatory test in Norwegian shall try the participant's skills in listening, reading, writing, speaking and conversation as described in the curriculum for Norwegian and social studies for adult immigrants. The test consists of a written and an oral part. The written test consists of skills in reading, listening and writing production. The oral test consists of speaking and conversation skills.

The mandatory test in social studies should try the participants basic knowledge of Norwegian society in relation to the goals of social studies as described in the curriculum.

Upon completion og the tests, everyone shall receive a certificate where assessment in each of the five language skills should be stated, as well as if the social studies test is pass or fail. The test certificate shall evaluate the linguistic actions relevant command in each of the skills. The certificate is developed by VOX and issued by each school.

The regulations on compulsory final tests can be found in Chapter 7 of Regulation 20 April 2005 341: See also

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We offer three differend kinds of online Norwegian courses:

  • Certified course with supervision
  • Supervised courses
  • Self-study courses

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Approved courses

You can get registered a maximum of 12 hours per week. Of all the completed and approved hours, 1/6 has to include supervision from your online teacher. The supervision can be realized through Skype sessions, phone calls, written or oral feedback.

All our approved courses can be extended. The certificate you recieve after completing the course, can be used as documentation in conjuction with application for permanent residency in Norway.

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At the start of the course you will be assigned a online teacher who will help you with the Norwegian language instruction.

All of the course packages from include supervised sessions with experienced online teachers.

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Course as self-study

During a self-study course you work on your own using the interactive e-learning program. You can use all functions within the program, but you will not be able to send completed tasks and assignments to online teacher. The certificate you recieve after completing the course cannot be used in conjuction with application for permanent residency in Norway.

You can at any time purchase online tutoring sessions with an online teacher.

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Corporate customers

We provide packages with approved Norwegian language courses for corporate customers.

Included in the course packages are regular reporting and follow-up. The person responsible for the courses in the company will receive reports throughout the course with up-to-date information about the students’ progress and results.

We can also tailor courses to the company’s particular requirements. If you want to learn more, please contact

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Course format

Once you have sent in your registration form, you will receive a confirmation in an e-mail, which also contains your username and password, and information about your course.

If you are unsure about which level to choose, we recommend that you take the Norwegian language test. You can work with the course when you like and at your own pace. You will work with multimedia texts containing intricately connected texts, images, videos, explanations of words and assignments.

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Technical requirements

You need a computer with a sound card and must be sure that the computer has an Internet connection with enough capacity to allow transfer of the course contents, including the multimedia elements.

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