State Certificate Exam

State Certificate Examinations in Polish as a Foreign Language  


18 - 19 November 2023  EXAM CANCELLED


Registration opens on 18th of September  -  Please contact us to enrol a waiting list


Polword is the only accredeted centre in the UK to conduct official State Examinations in Polish. 

The State Certificate Examinations in Polish as a Foreign Language are part of The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). They target foreigners and Polish citizens who live outside Poland 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.

We are opening two online preparation courses for the next State Examination which will start in October

The preparation courses (B1 and C1) consist of two sub-courses, eight weeks each which prepare you thoroughly for the exam. The course also includes revisions of the material as well as MOCKs of every part of the exam


  • B1 Polish State Certificate Exam

    Sat 18 Nov and Sun, 19 Nov, London

  • C1 Polish State Certificate Exam

    SSat 18 Nov and Sun, 19 Nov, London


Document required to take the exam: in order for the candidate to be allowed to sit the exam, they must present a valid document confirming their identity prior to the exam. The document must contain a photo.

Useful Information

Examination's date: 

Saturday, 18th and Sunday, 19th of November 2023

You can book your place on a waiting list before the oficial opening of the registration. 

Components of the exam:

  • listening comprehansion
  • accuracy/grammar in use
  • reading comprehension
  • writing
  • speaking

Available levels:

B1, C1 

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


The registration is open

Examinaiton Fee:

Pursuant to Article 11g item 8 of the Act Amending the Act on the Polish Language, the examination fee is calculated on the basis of the EUR conversion rate of the last day of the month proceeding the registration's date

Structure of the Exam

The levels of examination correspond to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) - levels from A1 (trashold)  to C2 (native) 

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 (regards level B1 - C2) to find out the kinds of questions you may be asked.

·         Reading Comprehension The candidate is required to carefully read several texts and highlight or answer a set of questions regarding them to measure the level of your understanding

·         Listening Comprehension The candidate 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 candidate needs to recognise and select right 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 candidate 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 candidate 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:


Examination duration


No more than 160 minutes


No more than 190 minutes


No more than 250 minutes


No more than 250 minutes


No more than 290 minutes

Sample excercises 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: 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:

Practical tips for candidates

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 only)

Who can take the exam: foreigners or Polish citizens residing permanently abroad who are 18 ore more 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 is calculated on the basis of the EUR conversion rate of 30st June 2019.

Polword Ltd. has been conducting State Certificate Examinations

in Polish as a Foreign Language since 2017