Social studies test (citizenship test) for those who apply for Norwegian citizenship


If you are going to apply for Norwegian citizenship, and are between 18 and 67 years old, you must have passed a test in social studies in Norwegian, or the “citizenship test”.

Who must have passed the test?

You must have passed the test if you

  • handed in your application documents to the police after 1 January 2017 (even if you had filled in the application form in the Application Portal before 1 January), and
  • are between 18 and 67 years old when you hand in your application documents to the police.

What tests meet the requirement?

Have you already passed the test?

If you have already taken such a test when you participated in the tuition in Norwegian language and social studies, you do not need to take it again now.

Please note! You must have taken the test in Norwegian. If you have only taken the social studies test in your own language, you must take it again in Norwegian.

If you are not sure if you have taken such a test, please contact the municipality (kommune) where you took the tests.

Do you wish to take the test now?

If you have not already taken such a test, you must take it now.

On the website of Skills Norway, you will find information about the social studies test (external website) and information about the citizenship test (external website)

If you have questions about the tests, you must contact Skills Norway .

Is it possible to be exempted from taking such a test?

You can ask for an exemption from the requirement to have passed the test if you are in one of these situations:

  • You have done social studies at a Norwegian lower secondary school or a Norwegian upper secondary school and received a final assessment grade. You must hand in a transcript of your grades.
  • You have studied social sciences that provide knowledge about Norway at university or college university level, corresponding to a minimum of 10 credits. The studies must cover the topics included in the Curriculum in Social Studies for Adult Immigrants (pdf, 499 kB), these are the following modules: 1. Education, competence and working life. 2. Family, health and everyday life. 3. Norway before and now. You must hand in a transcript and course description of the study you have completed. Examples of studies covered by this exception are the social course "Norwegian Life and Society" at UiO or the one-year study in Norwegian language and culture offered at several universities and university colleges.

  • You are seriously or chronically ill. Exemptions are only granted in exceptional circumstances. You must document your illness by means of a medical certificate.

  • There are other weighty (important and serious) reasons why you have not passed the test. Exemptions are only granted in exceptional circumstances. You must document why it would be unreasonable not to grant you an exemption.
  • If you received your first residence permit which formed the basis for a permanent residence permit between 1 September 2005 and 1 January 2016, you can get an exemption from the requirement if you have adequate knowledge of Norwegian. This exception does not apply to you who have used the registration scheme for EU/EEA citizens.

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