After the referendum of 7 June 2015, the Luxembourg government decided to reform the law on naturalisation. The aim was to reduce the democratic deficit in the Grand Duchy, where half of the population does not have Luxembourg citizenship. Thus, the compulsory period of residence to apply for citizenship was lowered from 7 to 5 years and the procedure was basically simplified.
“The candidate can introduce him/herself and speak in simple terms about family, other people, living conditions, education and occupation. He/she can describe and compare people, things and activities in simple terms.
Interview with an examiner on an A2 topic (e.g. work, family, hobbies, …). Choice of 2 topics proposed to the candidate.
Description of a visual medium. Choice of 3 media proposed to the candidate.
Evaluation criteria: repertoire, fluency, clarity, use of grammatical structures, coherence, ability to be understood, interactivity.
Duration: 10 minutes (2 x 5).
The listening comprehension test can be done on a tablet computer.
Tablet: speaking and listening in half a day.
Paper: the candidate comes in on two separate occasions.
can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the target language is spoken.
can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
can describe events, experiences and dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for plans and ideas.
Listening comprehension of 3 texts:
a radio message.
a conversation on an everyday topic.
an exchange or presentation on a specific topic.
A questionnaire is distributed per listening session; the correct answer must be ticked accordingly (link above).
To pass the examination, the candidate must obtain at least half the points in the speaking test.
A mark of less than half the points in the speaking test can be compensated with the mark obtained in the listening test. In this case, the Sproochentest is considered to have been passed if the average of the listening and speaking tests is at least 50%.
Prerequisites & registration
Pay the registration fee of €75 to the IBAN account LU 52 0019 3155 4636 4000. BIC: BCEELULL. Account holder: TS-SEGS Institut national des langues
Send or hand in the complete file to the National Language Institute:
registration form completed in capital letters.
photocopy of the candidate’s identity document*.
bank debit notice proving payment of the registration fee.
Only candidates who have submitted a complete application form will be registered.
Registration for the tests is subject to organisational capacity and in the order of the date on which the files are received. Candidates who have not been selected will be given priority for registration for the next session.
The candidate is informed by post of the dates and times of the session at least 15 days before the date of the first test. Failure to respect the timetable will result in exclusion from the examination.
When taking the tests, each candidate must present the same identity document as the one attached to the registration file.
Candidates who withdraw without reason or who do not appear at the time of the tests will not be reimbursed and must re-register.
In the case of registration of a person with a disability, the INL will provide the material facilities and/or personnel assistance to enable him/her to participate in the tests in the best possible conditions. In all cases, the disability must be certified by an official document issued by a medical authority. This document must be attached to the registration file.
*The following are considered as identity documents
identity card issued by the competent foreign authorities.
Refugee travel document issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
travel document for stateless persons issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Travel document for foreigners issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
residence permit issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.
certificate issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Directorate of Immigration, stating that the applicant is a refugee within the meaning of the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees signed in Geneva on 28 July 1951.