FIDE Exams - Français, Italiano, Deutsch in Switzerland

Originally developed by the Institute of Multilingualism in Freiburg, on behalf of the Confederation - the FIDE exam was developed in order to promote linguistic integration in Switzerland.

The end goal of the Fide test is to provide people who speak other languages and have immigrated to Switzerland with an opportunity to develop and provide proof of their competency in their new language. The fide exam is therefore often used for migrant applications to prove language proficiency. Since January 2019, most non-Swiss nationals must prove proficiency in the language spoken in the desired place of residence when applying for a residence or settlement permit. 

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The benefits of preparing for and undertaking a FIDE Exam:

  • Broadly recognized certification which can be used for all migrant applications in Switzerland including: Resident permits, settlement permits, early settlement permits as well as naturalization
  • We provide you with assistance in selecting the right test and level for your needs
  • We offer highly effective individual preparation with suitable learning media and materials
  • High scheduling flexibility
  • Actual testing available onsite at some Berlitz language centers (currently Geneva and Lausanne)

Which FIDE exam is the right one for me?

Before you decide on an exam, we assess your current level with an oral test at the Berlitz Center and help you locate the test that is best suited to your goals and language skills. Once we have determined the optimum exam together, we prepare you for it in flexible and efficient individual lessons. You then quickly acquire the necessary skills and background knowledge that you need for effective exam preparation.

Elementary use of language A1

  • 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.

Elementary use of language A2

  • 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.

Independent use of language B1

  • 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 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 or wishes and substantiate or explain these briefly.