To determine your knowledge of the language, there are the so-called proficiency exams. The Estonian language proficiency exams are intended for all of those who wish to understand their language skills. Like other exams, proficiency exams are a good option for improving your language skills. The exams are a crucial part of getting an Estonian citizenship, and they are important for those whose work requires a specific knowledge and a certain level of language.
If you’re interested, you can also read our article on the reasons to take these exams: Why do you have to take the Estonian Proficiency Exam?
Which are the types of Estonian proficiency exams?
Language proficiency examinations are held at four different levels – A2, B1, B2 and C1.
Where can you take the exam?
Exams are held in different cities in Estonia and even in Helsinki.
- Tallinn – Pae gümnaasium, Pae 5;
- Pärnu – Tammsaare kool, A.H. Tammsaare pst 30;
- Tartu – examination point, Jakobi 2;
- Jõhvi – Ida-Virumaa Kutsehariduskeskus, Kutse 13;
- Narva – Narva eesti gümnaasium, Kraavi 1;
- Helsinki – Sörnäisten rantatie 22.
How often are the exams held?
Proficiency exams are held 4 times a year. However, you can only register for one exam at a time. If your result is less than 35% of the possible maximum, or you did not attend the exam nor deleted yourself from the registration, then it will be possible to retake the exam no sooner than six months after the date of the original exam.
Is there any consultation available before the exam?
Yes. To prepare for the exams, everyone has the opportunity to attend a free consultation, which is usually held a couple of weeks before the exam itself. During the consultation, the examiners are told about the specifics of the exam – the tasks that will be in the exam, as well as the rules and subtleties of how to correctly perform them. In addition to this, they talk about the grading system and together you will solve some exemplary tasks from the exam. Examiners are ready to answer all questions related to the conduct and solution of the exam. Anyone can participate in the consultation, even if you do not plan on writing an exam.
Is it worth attending the consultation session?
Consultations are not obligatory, however, from personal experience, we advise you to go to consultations twice. The first time you may go when you’re only thinking about taking the exam, just to make everything clear and understandable for yourself, and the second time right before the exam itself. Consultations do not require registration, simply choose the time and place that suits you.
How to register for the exam?
Registration for the exam itself is also not difficult – there are several different possibilities for registration. The most important thing is not to be late! Registration for the exam closes on the first day of the exam month. For example, if the exam date is February 28, registration for this exam will close on February 1.
To register, you can use the following methods.
- Register via the EIS Internet environment.
- Go to the eesti.ee website.
- Send an email with a digital signature and a copy of your identification document to email@example.com;
- Write an application with an attached copy of the identification document and take it to the Education and Youth Board (Tallinn, Lõõtsa 4).
How to cancel your registration?
You can cancel your registration no later than a week before the exam date. If you can not be present, you have to cancel your registration. Otherwise you won’t be able to take an exam for six months.
Where can you see your results?
You can see your result on the eesti.ee portal, and you will also receive a notification by e-mail or in a written notice. The results are published 30 days after the day of the exam.
How can I receive my certificate?
After passing the exam (to do that you must get at least 60 points), the Ministry of Education and Research draws up an electronic certificate of passing the exam. The certificate can be printed out and saved on the eesti.ee website. You can contest the result within 30 days after receiving notification of the result by sending your complaint to the Education and Youth Board.
You can find additional information on the website of the Education and Youth Board.