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The Sproochentest

Introduction to the Sproochentest

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.

Grand-Ducal regulation of 22 July 2019 on the Luxembourg language evaluation test organised as part of the procedures for acquiring Luxembourg nationality.

It is still essential to prove one’s Luxembourgish language skills, which the National Language Institute (INL) certifies in the form of the Sproochentest.

Who is concerned by the Sproochentest?

This procedure only concerns persons covered by Article 15 of the law of 8 March 2017 on Luxembourg nationality.

Procedure for the Sproochentest

Two compulsory tests:

1. Speaking – required level A2 

The level of the speaking test corresponds to level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in the field of oral expression and interaction.

“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. 

2 parts: 

  • 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.

Duration: 25 minutes

2. Listening comprehension – required level B1 

The level of the listening test corresponds to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The candidate

  • 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).

Successful completion

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

1.

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

2.

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.

3.

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.

Exceptional circumstances:

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

  • foreign passport.
  • 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.

Sample tests

Assessing the level of Luxembourgish language competence consists of two tests. The examples of the two tests provide information on the content.

1. Oral expression

First part: Interview
The candidate chooses between two subjects proposed by the examiner.

Examples of interviews: Gespréich.pdf

Second part: description of a photo

The candidate chooses among three photos and describes one of them.

Examples of photos:

2. Listening comprehension

Instructions and questionnaire:

Downloadable mp3 audio file (3.2 MB)

Answer sheet: Äntwertblat

Answer key: Léisungen

Available sites for the Sproochentest

Luxembourg Glacis More information