Polish State Certificate Exams - Registration

State Certificate Examinations in Polish as a Foreign Language

(Państwowe Egzaminy Certyfikatowe z Języka Polskiego jako Obcego)

 

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE

Our summer examinations edition is going to take place between May and July 2018. Exact dates are TBC.

For next examination dates and to enrol, please contact us

Our school provides a unique opportunity to develop your linguistic ability and obtain an official confirmation of your acquired knowledge. This year, Polword has been accredited by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education to organise official examination in Polish. As the first school in the UK to obtain such accreditation, we are happy to announce that the first examinations took place in November 2017.

 The State Certificate Examinations in Polish as a Foreign Language targets foreigners and Polish citizens who live abroad and may be willing to document their knowledge of the Polish language to apply for a citizenship or to access higher education. Such certification may also become useful when applying for jobs in business, health or the civil sector. The examination is tailored to the needs of adults and youth (14-17 years old) meaning that aside from structural differences, texts and instructions are suited to a particular age group. At Polword, we make sure that people with disabilities are able to take the exam and should you wish to do so, we can discuss your needs to ensure that we can facilitate your exam. 

On 18.11.2017 - 19.11.2017, Polword Ltd. held a first edition of State Certificate Examinations in Polish as a Foreign Language at the B1 level of competence.

Examination Fee

  • B1 £TBC

  • B2 £TBC

  • C1 £TBC

  • C2 £TBC

  • B1 (14 - 17 years old) £TBC

  • Issuing a Certificate £TBC

Registration

To register your interest in taking a Polish State Certificate Exam you need:

 

 

EXAMINATION DATE

18th - 19th November, 2017

Structure of the Exam

You may choose the level of examination which corresponds to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The framework covers all levels from B1 (intermediate) to C2 (native) and Polword teachers will be happy to help you choose the right level. It is important to match your current abilities with the right level to ensure that you feel comfortable when sitting your exam. The examinations consist of five parts and in each part you need to score at least 50% to pass each element (in B2, C1 and C2 you need at least 60% in the written and spoken parts). To give you an idea of the exam itself, see the descriptions below to find out the kinds of questions you may be asked.

·         Reading Comprehension-The student is required to carefully read several texts and highlight or answer a set of questions about their meaning to measure the level of understanding

·         Listening Comprehension-The student is required to listen to a recording during which they are asked to select the correct response, fill the gaps or answer some open questions

·         Accuracy/Grammar in Use-The student needs to recognise and select the right format of an answer or develop and write down a response. In this part the focus is on grammar and the practical use of the right form to respond   

·         Writing-The student selects a set of questions and writes texts according to the instructions. Themes are formulated in such way that they do not require specialised knowledge but test the writing ability

·         Speaking­-The student is asked to develop oral responses, basing on variety of graphical and textual materials. There is three clusters to choose from, each comprising of two or three questions answered in front of the commission

 Duration of exams varies depending on the level and increases accordingly as presented in the table below:

Level

Examination duration

B1

No more than 190 minutes

B1 (youth)

No more than 190 minutes

B2

No more than 250 minutes

B2 (youth)

No more than 250 minutes

C1

No more than 250 minutes

C2

No more than 290 minutes


 Sample exercises and exams

 The exams comprise of several sections and you can see the examples of test papers or listen to the official exam recordings at different levels. Please visit: http://certyfikatpolski.pl/dla-zdajacych/przykladowe-testy-zbiory-zadan/ for examples of previous tests to get acquainted with the various question formats.

 If you wish, you can practice your skills and match your responses with the answers provided at the back pages of the paper. To access these sample exercises and test your skills, please visit: http://certyfikatpolski.pl/dla-zdajacych/zbiory-zadan/

Practical tips for candidate

 In order to be allowed to sit the exam, you must arrive on time according to the official schedule. This gives you time to settle and thus increases your chances for success.

You will come into the room at your designated time according to the order on the official register

Prior to entering the exam room, it is important that you have a proof of your ID with a photo (passport, national identity card or a driving license)##

During the exam you must be silent and you cannot communicate with your peers, use of correction pens and pencils is prohibited. You cannot leave the room nor your seat until allowed to do so

Students must only fill in the answers in the space provided

Useful information (in Polish):

Who can take the exam: foreigners or Polish citizens residing permanently abroad who are 18 ore more on the examination day (or if youth, between 14 and 17 years old on the examination day)

Examination fee: Pursuant to Article 11g item 8 of the Act Amending the Act on the Polish Language, the examination fee was calculated on the basis of the EUR conversion rate of 14th July, 2017.

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