You have to know and speak Danish on a particular level in order to take the Danish Immigration Test and pass.
The Danish Immigration test uses questions to ascertain your level of Danish Language skills and your basic knowledge of Danish culture. The test is available to be taken at certain times during the year. It is an oral test made up of two parts: a language test and a knowledge test. The two parts of the test are taken in succession, without a break in between. Both parts of the test must be passed in order to pass the immigration test.
The whole Danish Immigration Test takes around 30 minutes and is conducted entirely in Danish. The test contains 70 questions: 40 questions designed to test your Danish language skills, and 30 questions about Danish culture. In order to pass, you need to have at least 28 correct answers in the language test and at least 21 correct answers in the knowledge test. In the language test you must be able comprehend elementary Danish. You will need to be able to answer straight forward questions as well as be knowledgeable about everyday terms, and understand a number of standard Danish expressions.
The Danish immigration test is a spoken test. All the questions in both the language and knowledge tests are asked in Danish, and you need to answer in Danish. It is computer-based, but you will not have to operate the computer or use a keyboard or mouse.
While taking the test, you will be sitting in front of a computer wearing headphones while the computer plays the questions. Most questions are accompanied by a picture. Your answers are recorded through a microphone connected to your headset. Your answers will be recorded and sent to two examiners for assessment. You can not stand up or converse to the other individuals taking the test. It is not possible to stop the test to take a take a breather or go to the toilet. Also, it is not possible to repeat a question in case you did not hear it the first time, so it is vital that you stay focused. A tone will sound after each question allowing you to answer. You have five seconds to give your answer. When the test is over, you are required to remain sitting until a staff member instructs you that you can stand up.
If you are applying for familial reunification from overseas and come to Denmark in order to take the immigration test, you need to pass the test no later than three months after entering Denmark. If you apply in Denmark, you must pass the test no later than three months after the date of the letter from the Immigration Service informing you that you need take the test. The three months are including the time it takes for the two examiners to assess the test. If you do not pass the test within the three-month limit, your application for family reunification will be turned down and you will have to depart Denmark.
As you will have limited time to get ready for the test after arriving in Denmark it is a good idea to start preparing as quickly as you can. There are no grounds to wait for the letter from the Immigration Service - you can begin preparing as soon as you have submitted your application for a residence permit.
It is your own responsibility to become competent in Danish. You can do this with the aid of your spouse/partner, by taking courses in your country of residence, by buying language courses in the form of books or CD's, or by taking on-line language courses.
The Danish Ministry of Integration has developed a preparation pack which you can use to educate for the test. The preparation pack consists of an educational film, a recorded vocabulary list for the language test, 100 images from the film with information about Denmark and Danish society, two examples of the language test and test instructions. It is a good idea to study the preparation material closely.
By far the best way to learn Danish for the Danish Immigration Test is to take courses with a private tuition service. Individual teaching is regarded as the fastest and most effective way to gain knowledge of any language. This option may not be affordable for everyone but if it is an option, it is the best way to learn another language.
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