The Basic Level Exam
The Basic Level Exam of the Slovene Language is intended for adults whose first language is not Slovene, but who need an official Certificate of Slovene as a Second/Foreign Language for private or official purposes (e.g. for obtaining Slovene citizenship).
Parts of the Exam
The Basic Level Exam of the Slovene language has four parts of equal weight: three parts are written, one is oral.
- Listening comprehension: the candidate listens to different pieces of authentic spoken discourse and answers open or multiple choice questions (30 minutes).
- Reading comprehension: the candidate reads three or four brief, authentic texts and answers questions related to their content, vocabulary etc. (30–40 minutes).
- Writing: the candidate completes sentences and writes two short every-day texts, e.g. a postcard, a letter of application etc. (45 minutes).
THE ORAL PART
- The speaking test consists of:
- a general conversation
- a conversation on a selected topic (with a picture)
- role play.
- The candidate talks about specific topics with the interviewer and two assessors (15–20 minutes).
The exam is marked as specified by the Exam catalogue of the programme Slovene for Foreign Learners and the Book of regulations. All parts of the exam are weighted equally, contributing up to one forth of the total number of points. The final mark is descriptive: excellent (5), very good (4), good (3), satisfactory (2) and fail (1).
On the basic level the candidate passes the exam if he/she is successful at all four parts of the exam (at every parts of the exam he/she has to reach at least 60% of the points).
Where can you take the exam?
The exams of Slovene at the Basic Level are designed and organised at the Examination Centre of the Centre for Slovene as a Foreign/Second Language at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. The Basic Level Exam can also be taken at 12 other institutions in Slovenia. The aplication form has to be sent to the institution where the canidate wishes to take the exam.