Instructions for participants

Instructions for test participants

Before the test

  • Register for the exam with a selected test organizer.
  • Pay for the registration according to the test organizer’s instructions.
  • Take a pencil and eraser with you, and also an official identification card with a picture of you (passport or ID card). (Driver’s license is not an official ID card!)
  • Remember that you can’t use dictionaries, mobile phone or other aids during the test.
  • The use of mobile phones and computers is prohibited during the test. All the electronic devices are given to the staff and returned after the exam.
  • You can try out and rehearse for the tests on this website.
  • Listen and try to speak the language as much as possible. Practice and review the basic things.

During the test

  • Arrive early. If you’re late, you’ll not be able to participate in the test.
  • The basic and intermediate level exams take 3½-4 hours to complete, and the advanced level exam takes up to 5-6 hours to complete.
  • The test is performed in two parts:
    1. Reading comprehension and writing subtests are performed in a classroom
    2. Listening comprehension and speaking subtests are performed in a studio environment
  • Read and listen the instructions carefully and follow them.
  • Always try to answer every question and task.
  • Finish all the subtests to earn the certificate.

After the exam

  • The certificate arrives in the mail about two months after the test
  • The certificate is an assessment of all the subtests in the exam
  • If you’re not pleased about the assessment results, you can ask for a revaluation within two weeks after receiving the certificate. The written revaluation request is sent by e-mail to kirjaamo@oph.fi