Norwegian Placement Exam

The Norwegian placement exam has been developed by the Norwegian Department at St. Olaf College. If you have had any previous Norwegian language learning experience (including using Norwegian at home, if you’ve attended Skogfjorden or other language camps, have studied Norwegian at a university, attended school in Norway, etc) we ask that you complete this exam before arriving on campus.

The Norwegian placement exam is divided into two parts: an essay and a dialog. You should begin as soon as you have finished reading these instructions.

Taking the Exam

  1. Write as much as you can using a variety of vocabulary and sentence structures. Once you have written a draft, go back and see what other details you are able to fill in. You are not allowed to use a dictionary or other reference materials. All that matters with this placement exam is that you do your personal best.

  2. Norwegian vowels: Once you are enrolled in a course at St. Olaf, you will be required to use æ, ø and å in all of your typed essays. For now, don’t worry about that if you don’t know how. You can instead use ae, oe and aa.
  3. Time limit for the exam: You have a maximum of 2 hours to complete the entire exam. Please read all instructions and work carefully. If you finish the exam before the allotted time, go back and re-check your answers. Make sure you do all revisions you wish to make. Once you are satisfied that your exam is complete, you must go to the SUBMIT EXAM button and click on it.
  4. Exam results: You will either receive an email from our department with your placement results, or receive an email asking you to set up a time to chat with us about your placement (either in person or via google chat). Either way, you will be informed of your Norwegian placement result when you arrive on campus during Week One Orientation.