How to pass the Bergenstest: tips and tricks
The Bergenstest (Bergenstesten) is difficult and it is the highest level exam you can take in Norwegian. Here you will find some tips and tricks for the different exercises in the exam and some recommendations for the exam day.
The exam takes about 6 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 about a 30-minute break between the first and second part of the exam. Use the break to have lunch or relax.
It is difficult to say how long it takes to study Norwegian to get ready for the Bergenstest. It varies from person to person since our ability to learn languages is different. However, remember that the Bergenstest is B2 / C1 level so you may want to enroll in a course that gives an equivalent level. It is also possible to use learning materials independently to prepare yourself for that level, but this is up to you.
It is always advisable to read Norwegian newspapers, books and listen to news on the TV or the radio. This will give you a good thing for the reading comprehension and listening comprehension tasks. To complete the grammar, you must work with a Norwegian grammar book in level B2 / C1. Usually, there is a workbook where you can practice the grammatical rules and constructions you can rent from the library. This helps, for example, to learn to bend nouns correctly, use the correct prepositions, etc. This is how you get will become good enough for the grammatical part of Bergenstesten. At Bergenstest.com you will find 330 grammar assignments that focus on all parts of Norwegian grammar.
The writing exercises (Report writing and Essay writing) require that you have mastered the grammar well and that t you have 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.
Good luck from the team at Bergenstest.no and Bergenstest.com