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Certify your language level with confidence and secure your fide test

The fide test certifies oral and written language skills in German, French and Italian.
It has been specially developed for everyday life in Switzerland on behalf of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM). Oral and written skills are assessed separately, and the language passport can certify the levels achieved (A1, A2 or B1) for a job search, naturalisation or a residence or settlement permit.

The fide test certifies oral and written language skills in German, French and Italian.
It has been specially developed for everyday life in Switzerland on behalf of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM). Oral and written skills are assessed separately, and the language passport can certify the levels achieved (A1, A2 or B1) for a job search, naturalisation or a residence or settlement permit.

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Language levels in legal procedures

Family reunification
for the issuance and renewal of a residence permit (B)

Family reunification
For the issuance of a settlement permit ©

For the issuance of a settlement permit ©

For the early issuance of a settlement permit ©

For naturalisation

Upcoming exam dates
Minimum language requirements
Upcoming exam dates
Minimum language requirements

Language levels in legal procedures

The fide reference levels describe what learners of a language are normally able to do at a given language level. They are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) of the European Council and have been adapted to the target group of migrants.

  • Can make him- or herself understood in the personal living context, e.g. at work or in (the children’s) school in a simple way, if the person they are talking to speaks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help where necessary.
  • Can introduce him- or herself and others with simple words.
  • Can give short, simple answers to questions about his/her person, e.g. where they live, work, children.
  • Can put forth his/her own concerns, e.g. in the living environment or when shopping, in prepared and practiced sentences.
  • Can understand simple questions and messages associated with important areas of life, e.g. questions and information on school, education, work, health or living situation.
  • Can express him- or herself in simple, routine situations in a government office or other public institution requiring a direct exchange of information on familiar things.
  • Can describe his/her own origins, education and work experience in simple words and report on personal experiences.
  • Can understand important information from a school, employer, landlord or public authority if a clear standard language is used and familiar topics are being discussed.
  • Can cope with the majority of situations in everyday live, at the place of work or in public spaces.
  • Can express him- or herself simply and coherently about familiar topics, personal interests and experiences.
  • Can describe his/her own opinions, goals, hopes and wishes and substantiate or explain these briefly.

Registration Process

Register using the forms at the bottom of the page, make sure you have these documents at hand:

  • Your stay permit
  • Your credit card for payment

Every person registered for the assessment will receive a confirmation of registration no later than two weeks prior to the assessment date, detailing the location, day and time of the assessment.

Process & schedule

The evaluation is in two parts:

  • Oral: speaking and understanding (40 minutes) taking place in the morning between 8:30 and 12:30.

  • Writing: reading and writing (60 minutes) taking place in the afternoon between 12:30 and 15:30.

You can register for both parties or only one of them.

Evaluations can take place on two different days with a maximum difference of one week between the two. The written part always takes place after the oral part.

After passing the fide test, you will receive a language passport indicating the level achieved (A1, A2 or B1) in the corresponding national language, separately for written and oral skills.

Evaluations are only carried out in our Geneva, Nyon, Lausanne and Zug centres.

Price

Prices are set nationally and are as follows:

Oral part
“Speaking and understanding”: CHF 170.
Written part
“Reading and writing”: CHF 120.
Full assessment
(oral + written): CHF 250

You can register for both parts or only for one of them. Payment is made by credit card at the end of the registration form, your data is encrypted and secure.

Frequently asked questions

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

All persons with a disability can participate in the fide test. Special arrangements are made between the assessment centre and the fide Secretariat. It is necessary to specify this during registration, a field at the end of the form is provided for this purpose.

You must be at least 16 years old and present photo identification on the day of the test.
  • The registration fee for the fide test must be paid at least three working days before the first test date.
  • In the case of cancellation until the closing date of registration, at the latest 16 days before the test date, an administrative fee of CHF 30.00 will be charged.
  • In the case of cancellation between the closing date for registration, at the latest 16 days before the date of the test, and the date of the test, the amount corresponding to the registration is due.
  • In the case of absence or delay in the test, no refund can be made.

Documentation

Next sessions of the fide test 2022

Geneva

23 august 2022

  • Registration deadline
    7 august 2022

  • Tested language
    French

  • Place
    Geneva
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30 august 2022

  • Registration deadline
    14 august 2022

  • Tested language
    French

  • Place
    Geneva
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Nyon

25 august 2022

  • Registration deadline
    9 august 2022

  • Tested language
    French

  • Place
    Nyon

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Zug

24 august 2022

  • Registration deadline
    8 august 2022

  • Tested language
    German

  • Place
    Zug
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