How to pass Norskprøven B1 to B2: tips and tricks

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Tips and tricks for Norskprøven

The Norskprøven level B1 to B2 is a difficult exam, but fortunately, here you will find some tips and tricks for the different exercises at Norskproven.com and some recommendations for the exam day.

It's hard to specify how long time you need to prepare for Norskprøven level B1 to B2 and be ready and then pass the exam. It depends from person to person and the ability to learn a language. Being exposed to the language as much as possible is beneficial and will greatly shorten the time it takes to learn the language. Another important factor is that the level of your practice has to be the same as the one you are aiming for. If are aiming for “Norskprøven” level B1 to B2 it doesn't really help getting daily exposure to the language to improve your level. You need to practice, learn as much grammar, get hard enough listening exercises so you will step up your level compared to daily exposure from radio, tv, and daily activities which don't give enough resistance to develop your skills and get ready and pass the “Norskprøven” level B1 to B2 which is the highest level of “Norskprøven”.

To prepare for the “Norskprøven”, it's always clever to read Norwegian newspapers, books and listen to news on the radio and TV. This gives you training in reading and listening comprehension. To improve both your skills within writing and talking, continues exposure to grammar exercises give you a great advantage. Using a grammar book from the library(free) gives you a clear overview of the structure and rules of the Norwegian language. At Norskproven.com you will find 330 different grammar assignments that focus on all parts of the Norwegian grammar.

The writing exercises require that you have mastered the grammar well and that you have a rich vocabulary. In these assignments, you should write a coherent text about a topic. To get the best preparation possible, try to write as much as possible. It is always a good idea to get someone to check your text so you understand where you need to improve.

It is very important that you understand what each exercise asks for: for example, short answers to text 2 and 3 in reading comprehension, use facts and general information to present the topic you have chosen for your essay before discussing your opinions, etc.

The exam takes about 4 hours. This is quite a long time where you have to stay focused so it is a good idea to have a nice breakfast, but not eating anything too heavy. There is a break between parts of the exam. Use the break to have lunch or relax.

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Specific tips and tricks for the exercises here at Norskproven.com

Based on feedback from students who have sat Norskprøven

Reading

There is around 75 minutes to complete the tasks which involve reading comprehension. This exercise consists of one text with multiple choice answers and two texts with short answers.

The reading test has a duration of a maximum of 75 minutes. The duration depends out of the candidate's skill and how he or she performs during the test. The reading test is adaptive and goes through the test based on how many correct answers you get in the pre-test(forprøvene).

You can get one, two or even tree pre-tests(forprøver) before you get the main test(hovedprøve). Some candidates can get one pre-test and one main test, while others can get two or even tree pre-tests and one main test. This all depends on how well you answer the assignment given to you. You can get more pre-tests the more answers you get correct. Below you can see an illustration of the logic moving forward. Please be aware of that this is only an example of how it can be.

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

When you're doing the reading test of Norskprøven, you can go back and forth between each section of the assignment. You have to confirm when you finish a part and cannot go back and forth between each finished part.

To be able to pass the reading test of Norskprøven level B1 to B2, you have to be able to:

-find information

-understand main parts

-read between lines

-connect information

-understand the main points

-understand the word in the given context

-understand the context of the text

On level B1 Norskprøven, you have to be able to understand the main context and details in clear and simple texts and topics connected to schools, work, home, and hobby. It is also expected that you should understand short texts from government letters and documents.

On level B2 Norskprøven, you have to be able to understand the main context and details from a different type of texts spread around different topics and be able to understand views and opinions.

The assignments at Norskprove.com tests all these criteria mentioned above but also gives you the opportunity to increase your skill within grammar and understand words in different context. Some of the assignments have a combination of requirements were to have to read between the lines and also understand the context in the same go. Many of our customers say that the assignments have given them a great challenge, but also the greatest return on investment since the assignments are challenging. We at Norskproven.com believe that it's better for you to get harder and challenging exercises so you are better prepared when you face Norskprøven. Try our free demo. If you are already a member, press the link below.

Text 1 with multiple choice answers
The correct answer is the one that fits best, even though the differences between the options can be very small.
Text 2 and 3 with short answers
Here it is important that you respond briefly and precisely, avoid writing too much since you can lose points. You can read the entire text first to understand the context before answering the questions.
Precision
Answering correctly is more important than spelling as long as the correct answer is clear.

Listening

Here you have to listen to short conversations and messages and answer multiple choice questions

The purpose of the listening exercise is to understand information and then use the information to solve an assignment. This test last between 25 to 50 minutes since the time is based on the skill of the candidate. The actual Norskprøven is adaptive. Try not to focus on how long the test is during the test.

On the actual Norskprøven, the listening exercise is put together by one, two or even tree pretests and one main test. It is said that the more correct answers you, the more pre tests and the harder the assignments will be. You will be “guided” through the whole test and will not get a warning going between the pre tests. You will listen to an assignment testing your A1 to B1 level twice and the assignment testing your B2 level only once. This will get announced at the real test. Be aware that you can't go between the assignments during the listening test.

According to official information from Kompetanse Norge, the listening test will be done with headphones. We at Norskproven.com recommend though that you try some of the listening exercises over speaker, since this will make the test harder and more challenging for you.

To be able to pass the reading test of Norskprøven level B1 to B2, you have to be able to:

Understand the main points

To connect information

To understand the context of the text

To understand details.

The difference between level B1 and level B2 is as follows. On level B1, you have to understand simple information from topics within daily activities and work related topics. You have to understand the main message and details when the person is talking clearly. If you want achieve level B2, you have to understand details about what is said on a normal daily speech and understand information, viewpoints and opinions from lectures, news and other presentations. On level B1 you have to understand context from topics as job, school and leisure activities. It is also expected to understand the main context from news. However, on level B2, it is expected that that you are able to understand complex discussions if the topic is known and structure is familiar. You should also be able to understand different dialects when the speaker is talking in normal speed.

The listening assignments at Norskproven.com are customized to test all the points measure above and made challenging enough, so the actual Norskprøven would feel easier. The assignments at Norskproven.com has different dialects and as well has a level of B1-B2. Feel free to try our free demo here. If you already are a member, press the link below.  

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Speaker or headphones
The messages can be played through speakers and not headphones. This can make it harder if you are used to using headphones, so it is a good idea to listen to the messages over a speaker.
Before you hear the message/conversation
You can read the question and the options before the message/conversation is played.
Precision
There is only one correct answer.

The writing part of Norskprøven

Here you will see some of the requirements of the written part of Norskprøven

The writing part of Norskprøven tests your ability to communicate through writing. You are measured by how you communicate, how you solve the task and language criteria.

Norskprøven B1 to B2 writing test is around 120 minutes. You will get the assignments on a computer screen and are going to write your answer on a computer and also deliver the answer electronically. You will unfortunately not be able to print out your answer.

It is recommended that during the practice of the writing test that you turn off the automatic correction when using the writing software.

Level B1 to B2 contains two assignments with two different difficulties. You have to answer all the assignments to get the results.

Your answer gets evaluated on the “formidling kriterier” - how the assignment is solved and language criteria and degree of control. The evaluation scheme developed in accordance with the European Regulations for language.

The assignment "referat av et" here at Norskproven.com, gives you a very good way to test your communicative writing skills and in addition, your ability to understand what is being said at the same time as you have to understand what is said during the recording. You will hear an interview and thus convey what is said during the interview using your written skills. It should be written in a way so that someone who reads your report, should understand the whole interview of just reading the minutes.

During the actual Norwegian test, the test leader reports usually tell you when there is 15 minutes remain and then 5 minutes before the test time is over. You will get a confirmation of the delivered test. You also sign up for the attendance list in the "levert prøve" field before leaving the exam room. It is not allowed to bring notes out of the test facility.

You can leave the room early, but not until 15 minutes after the test has started.

During the written exam, there is a task A (begrunne) and a task B (argumentere).

You are measured in relation to dissemination. In this context, it means how to solve the task. You are not considered according to opinions and factual knowledge. You will, however, be measured in the linguistic functions needed to do what the task requires.

On task A, level B1 you must be able to answer the assignment and present your views on the given topic, as well as give reasons for these.

At level B2 it must be possible to make clear the views of the given topic and to justify them.

On task B, level B1, you must be able to write relatively clear about the subject, express your views, but also the reasoning and argumentation may be a little cloudy and inadequate.

At level B2 you must be able to write clearly and objectively about the subject. Additionally, you must be able to write a resounding text, where your views and arguments are clear. Here, the arguments can be a little cloudy in some places.

One tip is to stay within the task formulation. This is very important as you can get a negative score if you are far from the task formulation.

Criteria for Language.

The focus is on 3 different topics that can make your text good. Requirements are set in text structure, word, and expression, grammar, typing and punctuation.

The first criterion within language is text structure.

The text's logical and thematic coherence is very important. Emphasis is placed on connecting words such as, and, but, nevertheless, therefore. It is important that the text is continuous even if it contains few verbs. Note that it is not necessary that those who use more explicit verbs in the texts do better.

The framework states that different types of tools are used to make the text continuous and that less frequent connecting words are used.

There must be a logical connection in the text. It means the structure of text elements. For example, in a story, it should be a chronological structure of events in relation to a resonant or argumentative text where it would be best to introduce the views and arguments supported in a structured manner that makes it easy for the reader to understand.

In relation to the thematic context, it is important that the text or parts of the text are about the same subjects that are related to each other in a natural way.

It is important to focus on word choice and grammar as this helps to make a text coherent. Having thematically contiguous words also creates thematic context. It also makes the change between an indefinite and specific form of nouns (I drove a car that was very nice. The car was very fast) and the use of an anaphoric pronoun (I drove a car that was very nice. It was very fast.).

The requirements for B1 are as follows. You must be able to write a continuous text that is mostly easy to follow. You must also show that you can use link links to create the context in the text, such as, or, but, that and that.

The requirements for B2 must show that you are able to write a consistent text that is easy to follow

Structure the text using the linker and other text-binding elements to create context and propagation in the text.

Correction and punctuation.

Here you will find how the words are written and the extent to which the sentences are marked in upper case, sentence and comma use.

Remember, it's easier to spell words you've used and written several times. Therefore, it's important to practice as much as you can to see the same words time after time and understand what they mean and what they can be used for. There can be a challenge with double consonants and there are big differences in speech and writing. There are also some rules that are difficult even for mother-tongue users, such as sk / sj / kj combinations.

The requirement for B1 is that you should have a relatively good grip on writing, although there may be some typographical errors. There is no requirement that you have to write completely flawlessly. This mainly applies to words with complex spelling and low-frequency words. It is expected that you have a good grasp of writing and punctuation. Here's not a lot of emphasis on punctuation, but it must be essentially the marking of sentences with sentence and uppercase letter.

The requirement for B2 is that you should have a good grasp of the word writing, although there may be some typographical errors and also have a good grip on Norwegian punctuation.

Structure the text using the links and other text-binding elements to create context and propagation in the text.

Writing correct and punctuation.

This is a reference to how the words are written and the extent to which the sentences are marked in upper case, sentence and comma use.
Remember, it's easier to spell words you've used and written and seen several times. Therefore, it's important to practice as much as you can, to see the same words time after time and understand what they mean and what they can be used for. There can be a challenge with double consonants and there is are big differences in speech and writing. There are also some rules that are difficult even for Norwegian mother-tongue, such as sk / sj / kj combinations.

The requirement for B1 is that you should have a relatively good grip on writing, although there may be some typographical errors. There is no requirement that you have to write completely flawlessly. This mainly applies to words with complex spelling and low-frequency words. It is expected that you have a good grasp of writing and punctuation. There is not a lot of emphasis on punctuation, but it must be essentially that the sentences are clearly formed sentence and and the use of uppercase letter.

The requirement for B2 is that you should have a good grasp on the word writing, although there may be some typographical errors. It is essential that you also have a good grip on Norwegian punctuation.

 

At Norskproven.com you will be tested in relation to the writing correct of both within reading comprehension and in addition writing a summary of an interview and the assignments in the written test.

Words and Phrases

This topic can be both demanding and challenging. It is important with both variety and precision. The more words you master, the more nuanced, precise and varied you can express yourself. This will be helpful in all of the tests in Norskprøven level B1 to B2. A word may have more than one meaning and it takes time to learn these. Here they will look at how wide your vocabulary is and how well it is when it comes to the sense it is appropriate and effective. You must have sufficient vocabulary to convey a message in an understandable manner.

For those who want to achieve level B1, you must have a relatively broad vocabulary so that you can express yourself easily, comprehensively and reasonably correctly. You can make some mistakes when it comes to word selection.

For those who want to achieve level B2, one must have a wide vocabulary both in terms of simple words and expressions. One should be able to vary the formulation and express yourself with great precision. Some errors may occur as long as it does not lead to misunderstandings.

Here at Norskproven.com we have put great emphasis on using as many different words and phrases as possible so that you get to know them and can also use them in the future.

Grammar

It is very easy to see and break down grammatical deviations and articulation. It is very important that small deviations do not affect the dissemination. It is important with complexity and variety as this is as important as correctness. It is possible to play safe, but again it counts positively if you dare to use more complex structures as long as this does not affect the dissemination.

At level B1 you should have a relatively good grasp of basic grammatical structures.

Some variation in sentence types. Can show some examples of complex sentences.

you should have a good grasp of basic grammatical structures and sentence patterns, good variety of sentence types and use of complex sentences. Some errors may occur as long as this does not affect the disclosure and does not lead to misunderstandings.

At Norskproven.com we have over 330 grammar assignments with suggested solutions that test all the parts within the grammar.

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Report

Here you will hear an interview twice and then write a text based on the interview.
Notes
It is important to take notes while listening to the interview. You can do this during the first or second time it is played or both. It's a good idea to use the main points to write the notes.
Precision
Emphasis is placed on referring to the interview. It's a good idea not to mix your own opinions and what has been said in the interview.
Continuous text
It is important to write a continuous text and not to use bullet points.

Grammar, words and expressions

Here you get 30 pairs of sentences. You must fill in what is missing in one sentence so the two sentences mean about the same.
Grammar
It is important to have a good understanding of the Norwegian grammar and to have mastered it very well in order to successfully complete this exercise.
What is important here!
The different aspects of grammar are important here - the bending of nouns, verbs, idioms, etc.
Precision
It is important that you spell and write correctly.

Essay writing

Here you will find two different topics that you can choose from. You should write a text in relation to the topic you have chosen.
Structure of the essay
Your essay should contain an introduction where you should present the subject without expressing your own opinion. Here you can use facts or the information under "Kildestoff". The next part of the text should be used to discuss the topic and state your opinion and your arguments for it.
Presentation of the topic
You can use the information under "Kildestoff". Remember that you must use your own words, not just copy it. You may use other facts or general information that you know about the subject.
Personal opinions
It is more important to write correct Norwegian in relation to what your own opinion is rather than what your stance is. However, it is important to justify your viewpoint.
Precision
Write as clearly as possible so that the examiner gets an easy task to correct the essay.