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Slovene as a Second/Foreign Language

Slovenian language exam is for individuals whose mother tongue is not Slovenian, and are required to demonstrate their level of command in the Slovene language. The Examination Centre of the Centre for Slovene as a Second/Foreign Language manages the Slovene as a second language exam and issues the official certificates of the exam. 

Exam Levels

Slovene as a second language exam is offered at three levels-basic, intermediate and advanced level. 
  • The basic level corresponds to the B1 level of the Common European Framework for Languages
  • The Intermediate Level corresponds to the B2 level of the Common European Framework for Languages
  • The Advanced Level corresponds to the C1 level of the Common European Framework for Languages

Applicability

  • The basic level exam is generally for candidates who want to get a Slovene citizenship.  
  • The intermediate level exam is generally for candidates who want to take admission into the Slovenian higher education institution first or second year study programme.
  • The advanced level exam is usually for candidates who hold a university degree and require a Slovene proficiency certificate for professional purpose.

Structure of Exam

Basic Level Exam

The basic level exam of the Slovene language is for adults whose mother tongue is not Slovene, and who require an official certificate of Slovene as a second/foreign language for official purposes, generally for getting a Slovenia citizenship. The Slovene language basic level exam comprises of 4 parts, out of which 3 are written and 1 is oral.  All the parts have equal weightage.

Written Part 

This part has three sections:

Listening comprehension: In this, an authentic spoken dialogue or conversation is played. Candidates are required to listen to it and answer questions based on it. There are multiple-choice or open questions.
  • Duration:  30 minutes
Reading comprehension: In this, 3 to 4 short authentic texts are given. Candidates are required to read those texts and answer questions that are related to vocabulary, content, etc.
  • Duration: 30 to 40 minutes
Writing: In this, candidates are required to complete sentences and write 2 brief texts related to day-to-day event. Candidates may write an application letter, postcard, message, etc.
  • Duration: 45 minutes

Oral Part

This part comprises of a speaking tests that comprises of three tasks, and the duration for this part is 15 to 20 minutes.
  • A role play
  • A general conversation
  • A conversation/discussion on a chosen topic with a picture with the interviewer and 2 examiners/evaluators

Marking Scheme

All parts of the exam have equal weightage and adds up to one-fourth of the total marks. Marks are given as follows: 
  • 5 indicates excellent
  • 4 means very good
  • 3 indicates good 
  • 2 means satisfactory
  • 1 indicates fail 

Intermediate Level Exam

The intermediate level exam comprises of 5 parts, out of which 4 are written and 1 is oral. All parts carry equal weightage.

Written Part

Written part has four sections:
Listening comprehension: In this, 2 authentic spoken dialogue or conversation is played. Candidates are required to listen to it and answer questions based on it. There are multiple-choice or open questions.
  • Duration:  30 minutes
Reading comprehension: In this, 3 to 4 short texts are given. Candidates are required to read those texts and answer questions that are related to vocabulary, content, etc.
  • Duration: 30–40 minutes
Writing: In this, candidates are required to write a text related to day-to-day event and also produce a brief write-up on a current issue. 
  • Duration: 75 minutes
Grammar:  There are 4 tasks in this part. Candidates are required to complete the text, edit the text, etc.
  • Duration: 40 minutes  

Oral Part

This part comprises of a speaking tests that comprises of two tasks:
  • A presentation on a selected topic in front of 3 examiners. The time allotted for presentation is 5 to7 minutes.
  • A conversation/discussion on a chosen topic with a picture with the interviewer and 2 examiners/evaluators

Marking Scheme

All parts of the exam have equal weightage and add up to one-fourth/one-fifth of the total marks. Marks are given as follows: 
  • 5 indicates excellent
  • 4 means very good
  • 3 indicates good 
  • 2 means satisfactory
  • 1 indicates fail 
The cut-off score is 60%. Candidates must pass in all 5 parts. 

Advanced Level Exam

The advanced level exam of the Slovene language consists of 5 parts, out of which 4 are written and 1 is oral. All parts carry equal weightage.

Written Part

Written part has four sections:
Writing: In this, candidates are required to write 2 texts. One a guided writing and another one must be an essay on a particular topic from natural sciences or social sciences topic.
  •  Duration: 75 minutes
Listening comprehension: In this, 2 authentic spoken dialogue or conversation is played. Candidates are required to listen to it and answer questions based on it. There are multiple-choice or open questions.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
Grammar: There are 4 tasks in this part. Candidates are required to complete the text, edit the text, etc.
  • Duration: 40 minutes 
Reading comprehension: In this, 3 to 4 short texts are given. Candidates are required to read those texts and answer questions that are related to vocabulary, content, etc.
  • Duration: 30–40 minutes

Oral Part

This part comprises of a speaking tests that comprises of two tasks:
  • A presentation on a selected topic of about 5 to 7 minutes
  • A conversation/discussion on a general topic  
Candidates can prepare for the oral part in advance. While registering for the advanced level exam, candidates must select a topic.   

Marking Scheme

All parts of the exam have equal weightage. The cut-off score is 60%. Candidates must pass in all 5 parts.
  • 5 indicates excellent
  • 4 means very good
  • 3 indicates good 
  • 2 means satisfactory
  • 1 indicates fail 

Registration 

Candidates must fill out an application form and sent it to the below mentioned address:

University of Ljubljana
Examination Centre of the Centre for Slovene as a Second/Foreign Language
12 Kongresni trg 
SI-1000 Ljubljana
Or to izpitni.center@ff.uni-lj.si 

Candidates can register for the basic level exam at any of the institutions approved to manage and conduct Slovene as a Second/Foreign Language Exams. To register at the authorized institution, candidates can take the registration form from the institution also.

Candidates can register for the intermediate and advanced level exams at the examination centre of the centre for Slovene as a second/foreign language.
 
Any individual can register for the exam. Candidates are required to get a residence permit before arriving to the country. Candidates can register for the exam at least 10 days before the exam date.  

Fees

After the examination centre receives the application, an invoice by regular mail or electronically is sent. The fee is same at all the institutions. 
  • Fees for the basic level: EUR 122, 00 
  • For intermediate and advanced levels: EUR 137, 25 
**Fees cover administration costs, information material, exam certificate and postage costs.

Some of the candidates can appear for the basic level exam free of charge based on the act on aliens’ integration. To know about it, click here.

Dates and Deadlines
To know about the exam dates and deadlines, click here.

The basic level written as well as oral exams are held on the same day.  

The intermediate and advanced level written and oral exams are held on separate days. The written exam is usually held on Saturday, and oral exam is conducted on Friday or Monday.  

Candidates get an invitation for the oral exam via mail to the addresses mentioned by them in the registration form. Date, time and exam location is mentioned on the invitation. 

Contact examination centre or the institution by phone or mail, if you do get the date, time and location of the exam. 

Results

The exam papers are check and evaluated by the Examination Centre of the Centre for Slovene as a Second/Foreign Language.

Certificate: Candidates who pass the exams are issued an official certificate of Slovene- basic, intermediate or advanced level. The certificate is issued by the Examination Centre of the Centre for Slovene as a Second/Foreign Language at the University of Ljubljana- Faculty of Arts, 30 days after the examination.

Candidates who fail are issued a statement of results that provides information about the exam time and place, and individual paper performance. 

The result documents are sent to the candidates who have registered and appeared for the exam at the centre by the Examination Centre.

Candidates who registered and appeared for the exam at the authorized institutions, the result documents of such candidates are sent to the institution by the Examination Centre. The institutions then send the results to the candidates 

Re-take Conditions: Candidates who have failed can re-appear for the exam. You can re-take the exam any number of times. 

Candidates with Special Requirements

Candidates with hearing or physical difficulty can be given extra time for writing task. They must provide a medical certificate for the same and take permission prior to the exam.

Exam Time: Things to Carry

  • A passport
  • Receipt of payment
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