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Test in Danish

If you have been granted residence in Denmark based on family reunification, you will be required to pass a test in Danish as a second language at the A1 level or higher.

This requirement normally applies to applications submitted on or after 15 May 2012. 

The immigration authorities are offering a test in Danish at the A1 level (Danskprøve A1). Certain other tests can be taken in lieu of the Danskprøve A1 offered by the immigration authorities. Read more about other A1-level tests.

The immigration authorities are also offering a test in Danish at the A2 level (Danskprøve A2). If you pass the Danskprøve A2 the amount of collateral your spouse must post can be reduced. Read more about test in Danish at A2-level (Danskprøve A2).

Registration

You can register to take the test at danskprøve.dk.

The Danskprøve A1 and A2 are oral examinations and are held at Vestegnens Sprog- og Kompetencecenter in Glostrup. From 18 November you can also take the tests at Sprogcenter Vejle. Registration for taking the test in Vejle will open 30 October 2015 at danskprøve.dk. In order to take the test A1 and/or A2, you must pay a registration fee of DKK 2,605.89 (2017 level) per test.

If you are an EU citizen or if your spouse/partner is a Turkish citizen who is economically active, you are exempt from paying the registration fee.

Deadlines

Normally, you must pass the test in Danish at the A1 level or higher, within six months of being registered in the National Register of Persons. If you are already a legal resident of Denmark on other grounds, you must pass the test within six months of being granted family reunification as a spouse.

If you take the test before the six-month deadline, but fail to pass, you will be granted an additional three months to pass. The specific date you need to pass the test by will be indicated in the letter you will receive from the Immigration Service when you are granted a residence permit.

Once you pass the test in Danish at the A1 level or higher, the amount of collateral required to be posted by your spouse/partner will be reduced by DKK 21,715.79 (2017 level). In order to have the amount of collateral reduced, you will need to contact your local council.

If you fail to pass the test by the deadline, your residence permit can be revoked.

Citizens of the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel, Switzerland and South Korea are not exempt from passing a test in Danish  at the A1 level or higher. These groups where previously exempt from passing the immigration test.

Postponement of deadlines

The deadlines for passing the test can be postponed if you can document, that you are prevented from submitting to the test due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Maternity
  2. Illness of you or your minor child
  3. Extraordinary unsuspected transportation difficulties

If you wish to have your deadline postponed, you must contact the Immigration Service as soon as possible and provide documentation of why you are prevented from submitting to the test.  

The deadlines for submission of the test runs until the Immigration Service receive a request for postponing the deadline. The Immigration Service will after you have sent documentation assess whether the deadline may be postponed. Until the Immigration Service has giving a new deadline on the ground of postponing you must comply with the first announced deadline.  

Turkish citizens

If you are a Turkish citizen who has been granted residence permit in Denmark and if you, within six months of being registered in the National Register of Persons, have become economically active as an employee, self-employed person or service provider, you are exempt from passing a test in Danish at the A1 level or higher. However, in order to qualify for the reduction of the collateral your spouse most post, you must pass a test in Danish at the A1 level or higher.

If you believe that you are exempt from the requirement to pass the test in Danish at the A1 level because you are economically active, you can contact the Immigration Service to clarify whether this is the case or not. If you do not contact the Immigration Service and it turns out – after the deadline – that you are not considered to be economically active, your residence permit may be revoked.

Other A1-level tests

Certain other tests can be taken in lieu of the Danskprøve A1 offered by the immigration authorities. See the full list of approved alternative A1-level tests of Danish as a second language (in Danish only). If you pass one of these tests you will be required to submit proper documentation to the Immigration Service prior to the deadline for passing. Please note, the module test administered to students taking Danish classes for new adult residents (Danskuddannelserne for nyankomne voksne udlændinge m.fl.) is not an approved alternative to the Danskprøve A1.

Test in Danish at A2-level (Danskprøve A2)

The immigration authorities also offer a test in Danish as second language at the A2 level, called Danskprøve A2. If you pass the Danskprøve A2 within 15 months of being registered in the National Register of Persons, or within 15 months of being granted family reunification as a spouse if you are already a legal resident of Denmark on other grounds, the amount of collateral your spouse must post will be reduced further by DKK 10,857.89 (2017 level). Passing the Danskprøve A2 is not required for residency.

Certain other tests can be taken in lieu of the Danskprøve A2 offered by the immigration authorities. See the full list of approved alternative A2-level tests of Danish as a second language (in Danish only). If you pass one of these tests you will be required to submit proper documentation to the Immigration Service prior to the deadline for passing. Please note, the module test administered to students taking Danish classes for new adult residents (Danskuddannelserne for nyankomne voksne udlændinge m.fl.) is not an approved alternative to the Danskprøve A1.

Dispensation

In certain cases, you can be exempt from passing a test in Danish as a second language at the A1 level or higher. This might be the case, if for instance your spouse:

  • Is a refugee or has protected status, or risks persecution in his/her home country. Read more
  • Has minor children who have their own ties to Denmark, or has custody/visitation rights with a minor child from a previous marriage. Read more
  • Is seriously ill or disabled. Read more

You can also be exempt from taking a test in Danish if you have a disability that would prevent you from doing so, such as reading or hearing impairment.

Further information about Danskprøve A1 and A2

The immigration authorities have compiled an information packet about Danskprøve A1 and Danskprøve A2 for individuals granted residence as family reunified spouses. The information packet include information such as the deadlines for taking the tests, the makeup of the tests, the registration process and where the test is administered. Examples of the Danskprøve A1 and Danskprøve A2 are also available. Please note, these are not the same questions that will appear on the actual test.

Download the information packet for Danskprøve A1 and A2 - in Danish only (pdf)

See example of the Danskprøve A1 test

See example of the Danskprøve A2 test



Last update: 12/29/2016
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