How to pass the Bergenstest: tips and tricks

Format and structure of the Bergenstesten. What is the Bergestest
Tips and tricks for the Bergenstest

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 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.



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Specific tips and tricks for the exercises from the Bergenstest

Based on feedback from students who have sat the Bergenstest


There is 1 hour to complete tasks which involve reading comprehension. This exercise consists of one text with multiple choice answers and two texts with short answers.
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.
Answering correctly is more important than spelling as long as the correct answer is clear.


Here you have to listen to short conversations and messages and answer multiple choice questions
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.
There is only one correct answer.


Here you will hear an interview twice and then write a text based on the interview.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Write as clearly as possible so that the examiner gets an easy task to correct the essay.