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How to pass the Citizenship Test

You will soon have the Citizenship Test. What are common mistakes? How are you going to pass? Here are our top tips - including a bonus tip!

Practicing with friends is a good way to prepare for the Citizenship test

Every year, we help thousands of people achieve their goals of passing the Citizenship Test and the Social Studies Test. Most people can do it. We have collected five good tips for you who will take the test - including a bonus tip!

We often get asked: "What is the most difficult part of the test?". The answer is very easy: The most difficult thing you will get on the test is questions about what you do not know anything about.

Our first tip is about learning what you need to know.

Here are our top tips

1. Learn the syllabus

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It is impossible to get away - if you are going to take the Citizenship Test, you must have knowledge. You can read about the syllabus in our articles or where to take the test. You must have knowledge of, among other things, Norwegian history, geography, way of life, religion, and politics.

Different people learn best in different ways. Some like to read books, others like to watch movies, some want to lecture or discuss with others, and some like to learn through questions similar to those you get on the test.

Whichever way you choose, it is important that you learn what you are going to do.

2. Read the question carefully

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Reading the question carefully means reading one word at a time. What should you answer? Is the question about a place, a person, or an event? Are there any words in the question you are unsure of?

A trick can be to create your own questions for the various alternatives. Maybe there are some alternatives that really belong to completely different questions than the question you have been asked.

3. Do not read the alternatives

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Each question comes with three options. Do not read the options! After reading the question, it is wise to close your eyes and think: What is the correct answer? If you think you know the answer, it is much easier to find the right alternative afterward.

If you read the alternatives simultaneously with the question, you can get a gut feeling about what is right. Often the gut feeling is right, but not always. Should one trust the gut feeling? Maybe. It depends on how well you know the syllabus.

In any case, you may want to think about the answer before reading the alternatives, because then you do not have to trust your gut feeling.

4. Use norskkunnskap.no the right way

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Read the explanations carefully - they contain important information. Do not push the questions, but understand the knowledge behind each question. In some questions, images are important for creating associations - that is, images in the head that the brain uses to store information.

You can also contact us if you have any questions. We are pretty good at explaining questions but even better at helping you find the answer yourself.

5. Practice regularly

[MEDIA|90|Practicing every day keeps the nerves away!]

Practice at a fixed time every day. Turn off the phone so that no one disturbs you. Find good fruit - it provides important energy! Write down important things on a piece of paper. Read the notes every day to help your brain remember. It is possible to pass the Citizenship Test, but it requires you to be well prepared.

Bonus: Practice having the test!

It is wise to practice more than questions! A few days before the test, you can find the shoes, clothes and backpack you will use on the test day and go to the place where you will have the test. Get to know the place, find out which door to go in, and see what it's like to have a try. Feel free to combine the trip with something nice - the brain is good at storing good experiences! You should have a good time on the actual test day, so you do not stress.