What happens during the exam?

The Euro language exams are held on Saturdays. The written part in the morning consists of the Mediation (only for those taking the bilingual version), Reading, Writing and Listening tests, taking place between 9 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. (its real length depending on level). The Speaking test is held on the same day (unless special arrangements are needed because of a huge number of candidates), from 1 p.m. The exact schedule with every candidate’s name is posted on the billboard in the break after the written exam.

The detailed schedule of the exam on B1 (Threshold) level

(The schedule of the English and the German language exam is identical.)

EXAM TEST

SCHEDULE

NOTES

 

 

Start of the exam

Mediation / Sprachmittlung

9:00 - 9:35*

Only for candidates who take the bilingual exam.

Dictionaries can be used for the letter translation task.

You can also use your dictionary in the last 2 minutes of the Dialogue task, when you check your solutions. You are NOT allowed to use your dictionary while the audio recording is being played.

Break / Pause

9:35 - 9:45

 

 

 

Start of the monolingual exam.

Reading / Leseverstehen

9:45 - 10:20

The first test for candidates who take the monolingual exam is Reading comprehension.

Dictionaries can be used during the whole test.

Writing / Schreiben

10:25 - 11:15

Dictionaries can be used for the whole exam test.

The last test for candidates who only take the written exam.

Break / Pause

11:15 - 11:30

At certain larger exam venues (e.g. the central ones  in Budapest), the schedule for the oral exam is announced in this break.

Listening / Hörverstehen

11:30 - 12:00*

The first test for candidates who only sit for the oral exam in the same rooms which are used during the morning sessions.

You can only use your dictionary in the last 5 minutes of the test, when you enter your solutions to the Answer sheet. You cannot use your dictionary while the audio recording is being played.

Speaking / Sprechen

Personalized schedules

You can use your printed dictionary during the 10-minute long preparation period for the Picture Story task.

* The schedule is indicative, as the time given for the task depends on the length of the audio recording which is used in the test.

The detailed schedule of the exam on B2 (Vantage) level

(The schedule of the English and the German language exam is identical.)

EXAM TEST

SCHEDULE

NOTES

 

 

Start of the exam

Mediation / Sprachmittlung

9:00 - 9:35*

Only for candidates who take the bilingual exam.

Dictionaries can be used for the letter translation task.

You can also use your dictionary in the last 2 minutes of the Dialogue task, when you check your solutions. You are NOT allowed to use your dictionary while the audio recording is being played.

Break / Pause

9:35 - 9:45

 

 

 

Start of the monolingual exam.

Reading / Leseverstehen

9:45 - 10:20

The first test for candidates who take the monolingual exam is Reading comprehension.

Dictionaries can be used during the whole test.

Writing / Schreiben

10:25 - 11:25

Dictionaries can be used for the whole exam test.

The last test for candidates who only take the written exam.

Break / Pause

11:25 - 11:40

At certain larger exam venues (e.g. the central ones  in Budapest), the schedule for the oral exam is announced in this break.

Listening / Hörverstehen

11:40 - 12:15*

The first test for candidates who only sit for the oral exam in the same rooms which are used during the morning sessions.

You can only use your dictionary in the last 5 minutes of the test, when you enter your solutions to the Answer sheet. You cannot use your dictionary while the audio recording is being played.

Speaking / Sprechen

Personalized schedules

You can use your printed dictionary during the 10-minute long preparation period for the Picture Story task.

* The schedule is indicative, as the time given for the task depends on the length of the audio recording which is used in the test.

The detailed schedule of the exam on C1 (Operational Proficiency) level

(The schedule of the English and the German language exam is identical.)

EXAM TEST

SCHEDULE

NOTES

 

 

Start of the exam

Mediation / Sprachmittlung

9:00 - 9:45*

Only for candidates who take the bilingual exam.

Dictionaries can be used for the letter translation task.

You can also use your dictionary in the last 2 minutes of the Dialogue task, when you check your solutions. You are NOT allowed to use your dictionary while the audio recording is being played.

Break / Pause

9:45 - 10:00

 

 

 

Start of the monolingual exam.

Reading / Leseverstehen

10:00 - 10:45

The first test for candidates who take the monolingual exam is Reading comprehension.

Dictionaries can be used during the whole test.

Writing / Schreiben

10:50 - 11:50

Dictionaries can be used for the whole exam test.

The last test for candidates who only take the written exam.

Break / Pause

11:50 - 12:05

At certain larger exam venues (e.g. the central ones  in Budapest), the schedule for the oral exam is announced in this break.

Listening / Hörverstehen

12:05 - 12:45*

The first test for candidates who only sit for the oral exam in the same rooms which are used during the morning sessions.

You can only use your dictionary in the last 5 minutes of the test, when you enter your solutions to the Answer sheet. You cannot use your dictionary while the audio recording is being played.

Speaking / Sprechen

Personalized schedules

You can use your printed dictionary during the 10-minute long preparation period for the Presentation task.

* The schedule is indicative, as the time given for the task depends on the length of the audio recording which is used in the test.

Before the exam

You can already find out about your exam dates and schedule about two weeks before the exam, so don’t forget to check your online account too see when and where exactly you need to go. If you don’t have an online account, you can check your schedule here.

It is worth arriving at the venue 20 minutes before the start of the exam, and wait in front of the room where your name appears on the list. The candidates will be called by their names 10-15 minutes before the start of the exam. You will need some sort of identification (valid ID card, driving licence or passport) to be able to take the exam. In the room, you have to take the place which the invigilator indicates for you.

After the identity check, everyone gets a sheet with the exam code stickers (which you will need to stick on the Answer sheets). There can only be a pen, an ID document, the notification with your exam code and the sheet with the barcode stickers on your desk. Food, drinks, paper tissues are allowed but they should not disturb others at all. Finally the invigilator will ask everyone to turn off their mobile phones. It is not enough to set them to “silent mode”, as the incoming calls may disturb the media players.

The written exam

The candidates must not speak to each other after the Question Papers for each test* are handed out to them. The Question Paper may not be opened until the invigilator gives the instruction to do so. On the cover of the Question Paper you can read the instructions referring to the test and the time you have to complete all the tasks in that test. You need to stick one exam code sticker to the marked space on the Answer sheet. You can open the Question paper and start to work on the tasks when the invigilator says so.

You need to mark all your answers on the Answer sheet. There is no extra time provided for copying the answers from the Question Paper to the Answer sheet. If anyone has a question during the exam he or she can raise a hand to call the invigilator, but understanding the exam task is part of the exam, therefore the invigilator may not help with that.

The time you have is given for the whole test, thus, you are free to decide how much time you want to spend with the single tasks within it. When the time given for the test is up, the invigilator asks you to finish work, which you need to obey immediately. In the tests which include audio materials (Listening and Mediation) you need to follow the instructions you hear on the recording.

The invigilator collects the answer sheets at first, and then the Question Papers. You must not talk to each other until the invigilator has collected all the sheets.

* The complex bilingual exam consists of 5 tests altogether, the monolingual exam consists of 4, and each test consists of 2-4 tasks.

* The invigilator indicates during which test you can use a printed dictionary (see the Note column of the exam schedule table above).

The Speaking Test

  • The exact schedule of the Speaking test (who is taking it when and in which room) is posted on the board in the break of the written exam, after the Writing test (in certain venues this is already done before the whole written exam starts). For those, who have a longer break between their Speaking test and the end of the written exam, we suggest that they take a walk, have lunch or get some fresh air during that time in order to release stress.
  • It is important that you wait outside the preparation room at least 5 minutes before the announced time of your test. Please, wait silently in the area, as the preparation and the speaking exam go on continuously. We call in each candidate by name. Bring an ID document, the notification letter, the sheet with exam code stickers, and your dictionary (in case you want to use one). Take the seat shown to you by the invigilator.
  • You can read the instructions referring to the test and the time you have on the cover of the Question Paper you receive from the invigilator.
  • You need to stick the exam code sticker to the marked space on the Marksheet.
  • After that, you have 10 minutes to prepare for the Picture story task, for which you can use a dictionary and take notes.
  • After the time for preparation is up, the candidates are escorted in pairs to the Speaking exam room. The candidates may not talk to anyone during this time.
  • The examiner  welcomes the candidates, who need to follow his or her instructions during the whole test.

Attention! The information published on this page is informative only, the exam venues might change some routine in a well-justified case.