fide test & language passport

The French Language Test

The fide test was developed on behalf of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) and it consists of an oral part (speaking and listening) and a written part (reading & writing).

Our next fide test dates will be:

Thursday 16th May – Morning and afternoon: speaking and understanding

Friday 17th May – Morning and afternoon: speaking and understanding

Afternoon: 16.00-17.00: reading and writing section

Certified fide test Centre

What is the fide test?

With the fide test you can test your French language skills. The test is designed for A1 – B1 levels and focuses on various everyday situations you may encounter living in Switzerland. The fide test was developed on behalf of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) and it consists of an oral part (speaking and listening); and a written part (reading & writing). (practice paper)

For your application for naturalisation, residence permit (B) or settlement permit (C), you must provide proof of language skills.

For information on B and C permit and naturalisation requirements, contact us. https://fide-service.ch/doc/238/fideFR_ReglementTestFide.pdf

fide test exclusions


You do not need to take the fide test if you:

  • speak and write a national language (simplified naturalisation) or a cantonal language as your mother tongue
  • have attended compulsory school in a national language for at least 5 years (naturalisation) or 3 years (B and C permits)
  • have attended upper secondary or tertiary education in a national language
  • have another recognised language certificate

FAQs

Who can take the fide test?

Anyone over the age of 16 can take the test. If you have any difficulties with reading, writing, listening or speaking, you can contact both us and the Secretariat fide to learn how the regulations can be adapted to suit you.

How much does the fide test cost?

The whole test costs CHF 250.–. Only the oral part costs CHF 170.–, only the written part CHF 120.–.

How long does the fide test take?

The oral part: 40 minutes. The written part: introduction – 15 minutes, test – 60 minutes.

How can I register for the fide test?

You can contact us directly by email and we will give you the latest information and possible dates. When registering, you can also choose whether you want to take the whole fide test, only the written part or only the oral part.

When will I receive the results / the language passport?

You will receive the Language Passport and the test results directly by post approximately 4 weeks after the test. The examination centre and the fide office cannot give any information about the results over the phone.

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