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Since 2019, the Glossa Language School has been accredited as an examination centre for the for the Italian language, as well as for the issuing of the “fide” language passport. Further information on the language passport “fide” can be found here: https://www.fide-info.ch/en/sprachnachweise
We would like to remind you, that starting from the 1st of January 2019, immigrants from countries outside the EU have to submit a proof of language competence to the competent authority in order to apply for, or renew a type B/C residence (resident foreign nationals-B) or settlement permit (settled foreign nationals-C). More Information here (in English, non official); or here (in German, official):
The different types of permits (residence and settlement) require different language levels. A description of the official classification of levels in general can be found here:
How the „fide“ exam works: The examination of the linguistic competences “fide” is divided into two parts: “Speaking and Listening” and “Reading and Writing”. You can decide whether you want to complete both parts or just one. Once you have passed the language proficiency test, you will receive a language passport indicating the level of proficiency achieved in the national language tested, divided into oral and written skills.
Enrolment for the “fide” language test is possible at any time, but must be done not later than 14 days before the exam. In the event that the candidate does not show up at the indicated time, although he or she has duly enrolled, the cancellation fee will not be reimbursed. Nevertheless, the candidate will have the opportunity to take the examination at a later date without having to pay the examination fee once again.
Registering for the exam is possible either by e-mail, or by appearing in person at our head office in Ascona, Via Muraccio 61a. After leaving their personal data, the examinees will be contacted at a later date.
The preliminary examination is free of charge and non-binding; the complete “fide” language proficiency exam costs CHF 270.- and includes both the registration fee of CHF 250.- and the cancellation fee of CHF 20.- The latter will be refunded to the candidate if he or she arrives punctually on the day of the exam and signs the receipt for the refund.
If only the oral part of the examination is to be taken (“SPEAKING” and “LISTENING”), the fee is CHF 170.- ; for the written part (“READING and WRITING”) it amounts to CHF 120.-.
- Pre-examinations and exams of linguistic competence
Proof of language competency “fide” exams take place every month at our school. We advise students to take a free pre-examination allowing candidates to assess their language level before taking the real exam. In that way, the candidate may decide to take the “fide” exam on the first possible date, or to opt for additional language lessons in order to prepare for the exam. During the preliminary examination, the candidate will receive all the information necessary for undertaking the “fide” exam.
As an alternative, we advise you to take a practice test, which you can download here (for Italian).
- Information on the examination of linguistic competences
Once the exam fee has been paid, a registration certificate for the exam is issued, which can then be submitted to the migration office.
The candidate who has enrolled regularly for the examination of his/her linguistic competences will receive a comprehensive written notification (by e-mail or telephone) within a few days, containing all the relevant information: a confirmation of the exam date, the address of the examination centre, a timetable for the “SPEAKING” and the “LISTENING” tests, as well as for the “READING and WRITING” tests, also including a written reminder of the necessity to bring with them a personal identity card valid at the time of registration, such as a passport, an identity card, or a Swiss residence permit.
If you have any further questions about the exams, the “Language Passport fide”, or the dates on which the exams are held, as well as about enrolment, language school Glossa (firstname.lastname@example.org) is at your full disposal by telephone (091 792 17 55) and e-mail (email@example.com).
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