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Are you ready for your TORFL exam?

TORFL - understanding

Is your spoken Russian at a high enough level?

You will need to be able to speak Russian with a native speaker to pass each level of the exam.

TORFL - grammar

Do you understand the structure of the TORFL exam?

You will be tested on your understanding of the structure and grammar of the Russian language.

TORFL - spoken

Are you confident in your current Russian vocabulary level?

You will need to have an increasingly larger vocabulary as you take higher levels of the exam.

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What is the TORFL exam?

The TORFL certificate consists of 5 sections. Each section tests a different area of language proficiency: Listening, writing, reading, speaking and vocabulary and grammar. The TORFL certification is the most recognized Russian certification in the world. The possible levels are as follows:

LEVELS

LEVEL 0

LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2

LEVEL 3

LEVEL 4

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Advanced

Proficiency

Fluency


How is the Level 0 exam structured?

The TORFL Level 0 certificate shows that students have the ability to communicate in a limited number of the most familiar and everyday situations in a Russian-speaking environment. All five competencies are equally weighted – 20% each. A, B and C grade certificates are awarded to all successful candidates. The exam to obtain the TORFL Level 0 certificate is composed of the following parts:

TORFL
LEVEL 0

CONTENT

SECTION 1
READING

30 questions

SECTION 2
WRITING

4 tasks

SECTION 3
LISTENING

30 questions

SECTION 4
SPEAKING

12 questions

SECTION 5
STRUCTURE

110 questions


How is the Level 1 exam structured?

The TORFL Level 1 certificate shows that students have skills needed to survive in social and working Russian-speaking environments. The TORFL test consists of five parts: All five competencies are equally weighted – 20% each. A, B and C grade certificates are awarded to all successful candidates. The exam to obtain the TORFL Level 1 certificate is composed of the following parts:

TORFL
LEVEL 1

CONTENT

SECTION 1
READING

20 questions

SECTION 2
WRITING

2 tasks

SECTION 3
LISTENING

30 questions

SECTION 4
SPEAKING

14 questions

SECTION 5
STRUCTURE

165 questions


How is the Level 2 exam structured?

The TORFL Level 2 certificate shows that students have intermediate linguistic ability and competence to express and discuss everyday life situations. Successful completion of this level enables the student to carry out professional activities in science, engineering and humanities (except philology, translation and interpreting, editing, journalism, diplomatic service and management, for which this level is an intermediate stage).

This level is obligatory for receiving Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Russian universities. The TORFL test consists of five parts: All five competencies are equally weighted – 20% each. A, B and C grade certificates are awarded to all successful candidates. The exam to obtain the TORFL Level 2 certificate is composed of the following parts:

TORFL
LEVEL 2

CONTENT

SECTION 1
READING

25 questions

SECTION 2
WRITING

3 tasks

SECTION 3
LISTENING

25 questions

SECTION 4
SPEAKING

2 tasks

SECTION 5
STRUCTURE

150 questions


How is the Level 3 exam structured?

The TORFL Level 3 certificate provides high-level final qualification of the Russian language. This level is referred to as an advanced stage of proficiency, allowing professional activity in philology, translation and interpreting, editing, journalism, diplomatic service and management in a Russian speaking environment.

This level is obligatory for receiving Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Russian universities in these fields.

The TORFL test consists of five parts. All five competencies are equally weighted – 20% each. A, B and C grade certificates are awarded to all successful candidates. The exam to obtain the TORFL Level 3 certificate is composed of the following parts:

TORFL
LEVEL 3

CONTENT

SECTION 1
READING

25 questions

SECTION 2
WRITING

3 tasks

SECTION 3
LISTENING

25 questions

SECTION 4
SPEAKING

2 tasks

SECTION 5
STRUCTURE

100 questions


How is the Level 4 exam structured?

The TORFL Level 4 certificate is referred to as an advanced stage of proficiency very close to the native-speaker level. It provides high-level final qualification in the language. This level is obligatory for receiving a Master of Arts degree and is recognized for academic purposes in the field of the Russian language.

The TORFL test consists of five parts: All five competencies are equally weighted – 20% each. A, B and C grade certificates are awarded to all successful candidates. The exam to obtain the TORFL Level 4 certificate is composed of the following parts:

TORFL
LEVEL 4

CONTENT

SECTION 1
READING

25 questions

SECTION 2
WRITING

3 tasks

SECTION 3
LISTENING

25 questions

SECTION 4
SPEAKING

2 tasks

SECTION 5
STRUCTURE

100 questions


What is the TORFL exam format?

The TORFL (Russian as a foreign language) exam was developed by the Russian government to objectively assess a person's Russian language skills.

This test is required of foreign students applying to undertake degree programs in Russia.

TORFL testing covers 6 levels measuring language skills in a different area of activity (e.g. basic conversation, professional, academic). Participants must attain a minimum overall grade of 66% to pass the exam. So how do you know if you are ready? Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to decide.


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