How to pass Norskprøven B1 to B2: tips and tricks

Norskprøven level B1–B2 is a demanding exam. Here you will find some tips and tricks for the different parts of Norskprøven level B1–B2 and some tips that are good to have with you on the actual exam day.

General tips and tricks for Norskprøven

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Tips and tricks for Norskprøven

It is difficult to specify how long it is necessary to study the Norwegian language in order to be ready for Norskprøven level B1–B2. It varies from person to person, as our ability to learn languages is different. Remember that B1–B2 is a high level, so it is wise to sign up for a physical or online course that has a similar level.

It is also possible to use training material that prepares you for that level, but this is up to you. It is always a good idea to read Norwegian newspapers, books and listen to the news on TV or radio. This gives you good training for the reading comprehension and listening comprehension tasks. The writing test requires that you master grammar and spelling, and that you have a rich vocabulary. In this exam, you write a coherent text about a topic. Here you have to try to write as much as possible, but also as correctly as possible. It's always a good idea to have someone proofread your text so you understand where you can improve.

The test takes approx. four hours. It's quite a long time where you have to be concentrated, so it's a good idea to have a good breakfast on the day of the exam. Be careful not eat anything too heavy, because then the body will focus on digesting the food instead of having 100% focus on thinking and solving tasks. If there is a break of a few minutes between the exam parts, use the break to eat a little or relax.

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Specific tips and tricks to the assignments in Norskprøven level B1–B2

Tips for the reading assignments

The reading part lasts a maximum of 75 minutes. Here, the duration will vary based on your language level. The reading part is adaptive, and your progress in the exam is based on the number of correct answers in the preliminary exam(s).
Here the assignments are made up of preliminary exam questions, as is for the listening comprehension tasks. You can get one, two or three preliminary exams and one main exam. As previously mentioned, some candidates may have one preliminary and one main exam, while others will have two or three preliminary and one main exams. This depends on how well you answer the assignments. You get more questions the more correct answers you give. Below you can see a figure that explains this in terms of Norskprøven. Note that this is only an example

How norskprøven pre tests and main tests
Example of the logic during the tests. Reference from Kompetanse Norge.

When you complete the reading part, you can go back and forth between the tasks in each section by clicking the previous and next buttons on the screen. You must confirm that you want to proceed to the next part, but note that you cannot go back and forth between completed parts.

At level B1–B2, you must be able to:

  • find information
  • understand details
  • read between the lines
  • connect information
  • understand the main points
  • understand the meaning of words in context
  • understand the context of texts

At level B1, one must understand the main content and details of clear and simple texts and familiar topics related to, for example, school, work, home and leisure. You are also expected to be able to understand short public documents and letters.

At level B2, you must be able to understand main points and details from different types of texts on a wide range of subjects, and perceive points of view and attitudes.

The assignments here on Norskproven.com test all the above points, but also your grammar skills and your vocabulary. Some of the tasks have been created with the intention of measuring your ability to read between the lines, but also to understand the context of the text so that the solution is correct in its entirety. Many of our customers say that this task has given them quite a challenge, but also that they have benefited greatly from it, as you can see how difficult the task can be.

We at Norskproven.com believe that it is better for you to be given more difficult tasks during practice, because then it will be easier for you when you have to take the exam itself.

Tips for reading comprehension B1–B2
  • Familiarise yourself with the format of the assignments, and what you have to do in each task.
  • Remember that the first paragraph in «Flytt avsnitt» cannot be moved.
  • Read carefully the different answer options in «Flervalgsoppgaver» – lang og kort og «Lukeoppgave».
  • Read the text in its entirety to understand the context.
  • Do not be put off by difficult words. You do not need to know all words.

Tips for the listening part

The purpose of listening comprehension is to measure your ability to understand information and then use the information to solve a task. This part lasts from 30 to 60 minutes, as the time spent varies based on each individual's language level. The listening part is also adaptive. Try not to focus on how long this part lasts when you take the exam.

In the exam, the listening part is made up of one, two or three preliminary tests and one main test. Some may get one preliminary and one main test, and others may get two or three preliminary and one main test. The more correct answers you give, the more preliminary tests and more difficult tasks you will get. In addition, the test lasts longer.

You will be guided through the entire part and will not receive a warning when transitioning between the preliminary and the main tests. You get to hear the tasks at level A1 to B1 twice while tasks at level B2 will be played only once. This will be announced at the exam. Note that you cannot go back and forth between the tasks during the listening comprehension part.

According to information from Kompetanse Norge, headphones are used during the listening part. We at Norskproven.com, on the other hand, recommend doing some of the exercises here on the website using a loudspeaker, as the tasks will be more challenging for you.

Listening comprehension level B1–B2 tests your ability to:

  • understand the main points
  • connect information
  • understand the text context
  • perceive attitudes
  • understand details.

The difference between levels B1 and B2 of the listening test is as follows: At level B1, you must understand simple information regarding every day or work-related topics, and you must perceive both main messages and details when spoken clearly. If you are to achieve level B2, you must understand details of what it is said in a standardized spoken language, and in addition perceive information, views and attitudes in lectures, news and other presentations. At level B1, you must understand content from familiar topics, such as work, school and free time. It is expected that the main content of news is also grasped. At level B2, on the other hand, it is expected that one is able to understand complex lines of argument if the matter is known and the structure is clear. You should also be able to understand dialects when the speaker moderates the language somewhat.

The listening tasks here at Norskproven.com are tailored and test all the points above, so that actual exam will be easier for you. Norskproven.com offers listening exercises in several dialects, and in addition the level is B2–C1.

Tips for Listening Comprehension B1–B2
  • Familiarise yourself with the format of the assignments, and what you have to do in each task.
  • Read carefully through the different alternatives.
  • Remember that there is only one correct answer.
  • Listen to the messages using a loudspeaker if you want to make the task more difficult and if you are used to using headphones.
  • Don't be put off by difficult words. You don't need to know all words.

Tips for the writing part

The writing part measures your written communication skills. You are assessed both according to communication criteria, how the various tasks are solved, and linguistic criteria - both breadth and degree of control.

You have 120 minutes at your disposal at level B1–B2. You will get the tasks on the screen and have to enter the answer on the computer. The answer is finally delivered electronically. There is no opportunity to print your written text at the end or after the exam.

During your practice, it is strongly recommended that you switch off the automatic correction function of the writing program you use, so that the practice is as realistic as possible.

Level B1–B2 contains two tasks of varying difficulty. You must answer both tasks to get a result.

During the exam, the examiner usually announces when only 15 minutes are left to the end. Another announcement is made 5 minutes before the end. You will receive a confirmation of the delivered written part. You have to also sign the attendance list in the field for "delivered test" before you leave the exam room. It is not allowed to take notes out of the room.

You can leave the room early, but not before 15 minutes have passed since the exam has started. The written part consists of Assignment 1 (Uttrykke egne meninger) and Assignment 2 (Argumentere).

Your communication skills are measured during the test. In this context, it means how you solve the writing assignment. You are not assessed on the basis of opinions and factual knowledge. What is assessed, however, is whether you have the language skills needed to do what the task requires.

On task A at B1 level, you must be able to answer the task and express your views on the given topic and give some reasons for these.

At B2 level, your views on the given subject must be clearly stated, and in addition you must justify these.

When it comes to task B at B1 level, you must be able to write relatively clearly about the subject and express your views, but the reasoning and argumentation may be a little unclear and lacking.

At B2 level, you must be able to write clearly and factually about the subject. In addition, you must be able to write a reasoned text in which your views and arguments are clearly presented. Here, the arguments can be a little unclear in some places.

Tips for Writing B1–B2
  • Remember that you must choose only one topic in Assignment 2 (Argumentere).
  • Stay within the task formulation. This is very important, as you can get a deduction if you are far from the task formulation.
  • It is important to note that writing correct Norwegian is more important than what your own opinion is.
  • To introduce the topic, you can use other facts or general information that you know about the topic.
  • Your text in Assignment 2 (Argumentere) must contain an introduction where you have to present the topic. The next section must be used to discuss the topic and express your opinion and your arguments for it.
  • Do not submit your text until you have read over it one or more times to check for errors.
  • The text should be coherent and easy to follow. It is a good idea to use conjunctions, but be careful not to use the same conjunctions too often.
  • Spelling and punctuation (use of periods and commas) are important. Double consonants, large differences between speech and writing and skj/sj/kj-combinations can be particularly challenging.
  • Variation and precision with regard to words and expressions is important to show a broad vocabulary.
  • Be careful with the conjugation of nouns, pronouns, adjectives and verbs.
  • Watch out for sentence structure and grammatical deviations.
  • Make sure that the communication is clear and factual.

What is our best tip for passing Norskprøven?

Do as many practice assignments as possible!