Tests in Danish, level A1 and level A2 for spousal reunification

Tests in Danish level A1 and level A2 are oral tests for family reunified spouses.

As a general rule, foreigners who have been granted family reunification as a spouse must pass an oral Danish language test at A1-level (Danskprøve A1) within six months of being registered in the National Register of Persons. If you are already a legal resident of Denmark on other grounds, you must pass the test within six months of being granted family reunification as a spouse. Passing the test is required for further residency and for a reduction (DKK 20,320 – 2013-level) of the amount of collateral required to be posted by your spouse or partner.

Furthermore, foreigners who have been granted residency in Denmark based on spousal reunification can pass an oral Danish language test at A2-level (Danskprøve A2) within 15 months of being registered in the National Register of Persons in order to obtain a further reduction (DKK 10,160 – 2013-level) of the amount of collateral required to be posted by your spouse or partner. If you are already a legal resident of Denmark on other grounds, you must pass the test within 15 months of being granted family reunification as a spouse. Passing the Danskprøve A2 is not required for further residency.

If you take the Danskprøve A1 before the six-month deadline, or the Danskprøve A2 before the 15-month deadline, but fail to pass, you will be granted an additional three months to pass the test.

Certain other tests can be accepted as an alternative to passing Danskprøve A1 or Danskprøve A2.

See list of tests which are accepted as alternatives to Danskprøve A1 (available in Danish only) (new window)

See list of tests which are accepted as alternatives to Danskprøve A2 (available in Danish only) (new window)

Read more about the contents of the tests, registration, deadlines etc. in the information packet (only available in Danish) (pdf)

Oral language tests: Danskprøve A1 and Danskprøve A2

Danskprøve A1 and Danskprøve A2 are oral Danish language tests and any writing skills are thus not required when taking the test. Each test contains 30 questions and you must answer at least 21 questions correctly in order to pass the test.

The tests are conducted by a computer-based test system, but you are not required to operate the computer, mouse, or keyboard yourself. You will be placed in front of the computer - with headphones on: The computer will ask you questions via the headphones and you answer via the microphone connected to the headphones.

You can take the tests at Vestegnens Sprog- og Kompetencecenter in Glostrup. The tests are held all year round.

At the level A1 you understand and are able to use familiar expressions related to everyday life and other very basic expressions. You are able to present yourself and others and can ask as well as answer questions about personal matters, regarding for instance where you live, people you know, and things you possess. You are able to engage in a very simple conversation provided the other person talks slowly and clearly.

The A2-level is considerably higher than the A1-level. At the A2-level you are able to engage in a relatively simple conversation and understand basic information on specific and common matters of everyday life such as – for instance – very basic information on personal and family matters and shopping.

Danish language courses

If you have been granted residency in Denmark based on spousal reunification, you are normally entitled to Danish language courses free of charge under the Law on Danish language courses for adult foreigners and others. You are normally entitled to up to three years of Danish language courses. The Law on Danish language courses for adult foreigners and others covers almost all newly arrived foreigners and thus not only foreigners who have obtained residency on the grounds of spousal reunification.

It relies on the municipality to offer Danish language courses to newly arrived adult foreigners. You therefore have to contact your local municipality to learn more about the Danish language course offer.

The rules regarding spousal reunification

Read more about  the rules regarding spousal reunification on newtodenmark.dk (new window)

Sidst opdateret 19/04 2016