When is the National Certificate of Language Proficiency enough to be granted citizenship?

If you wish to apply for Finnish citizenship, you can prove that you have the necessary language skills in Finnish or Swedish by completing the oral and written parts of the National Certificate of Language Proficiency test at skill level three at a minimum.

You must have completed the test before you apply for citizenship. Please check ahead of time when the language proficiency test is being arranged and remember to register for the test in time.

Familiarise yourself with the test before you sign up for it. You can find more information about registration and qualification grounds on the website of the Finnish National Board of Education.

Do not take the language proficiency test before your language skills are at the required level. The website of the Centre for Applied Language Studies offers example exercises that you can use to test your skills.

Please note that the places at test centres in the Greater Helsinki area fill up fast. You can also register for a test that is arranged outside your home area.

Accepted subtest combinations

To get citizenship, you only need to complete one of the subtest combinations below at skill level three at a minimum.

  • Only the subtest combinations listed below are accepted. If you have achieved skill level three (3) in two subtests but they are not included in the combinations mentioned here, your certificate will not be acceptable as proof of your language skills.
  • You can also prove that you have completed the required subtest combinations by showing us more than one certificate, if necessary. Please note, however, that you must complete the entire examination and take all subtests or you will not receive the certificate. You must complete the entire examination during the same day.
A)    

speaking
3 or 4

writing
3 or 4


or

B)    
listening comprehension
3 or 4
writing
3 or 4


or

C)    
reading comprehension
3 or 4
speaking
3 or 4

 

Please note! The structure of the National Certificate of Language Proficiency changed in 2012. If you have completed the certificate between 2002 and 2011, the certificate also indicates your general level of language proficiency. To get citizenship, your general level of language proficiency must be at least three (3). If you completed your certificate before 2002, your general level of language proficiency must be at least four (4).

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