The best online proficiency tests for Russian language learners

Whether you are still a newcomer to learning Russian, have advanced to intermediate level or mastered Russian some years or decades ago, it pays to be tested and know your level even if you do not have a formal exam coming up. This is because not only will it reveal the gaps in your knowledge and highlight your strengths, it may also boost your confidence, give you much needed motivation to step-up your learning efforts and even affect financial decisions such as whether securing a tutor or signing up to a language course may be necessary. I have listed some of the best proficiency tests you can use to take to assess your level for free.

1. Lindez

Liden & Denz developed a multiple-choice test consisting of 65 questions, which will assess the approximate level you have attained in Russian according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). With a variety of questions testing the breadth of your vocabulary and understanding of grammar, the difficulty level gradually progresses from beginner (A1) to lower advanced (B2+).

2. Language Link

At Language Link, you’ll find an online test with 50 multiple-choice questions. At the end of the test you’ll receive a score with your classification (beginner, intermediate or advanced).

3. Transparent Language

Transparent offers a test which consists of 50 questions spanning grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension. It has a modern, easy to follow interface and you’ll receive a score at the end.

4. Master Russian

Over at Master Russian, you’ll find a proficiency test containing 46 questions, which tests a variety of lexical and grammatical abilities. The questions supplied are graded according to level from beginner to advanced and the questions become increasingly more difficult as you advance through the test.

5. Russian School Russificate

Russian School Russificate provides a 70-question test grammar and vocabulary skills. Simply complete the sentences by choosing the missing word from the options provided and you’ll be able to evaluate how much you have progressed since beginning your language journey, or the most suitable class for your ability in light of any prior knowledge of Russian.

6. MGU Russian Language Centre

MGU Russian Language Centre provides both beginners and advanced learners alike, with five online tests in order to assess their language proficiency. Between 25 and 40 questions must be answered, the number decreasing in line with the complexity of the tests. All sentences are in Russian and the gaps must be filled with the appropriate word from the selection provided. Points are calculated and then sent via email.

This list is non-exhaustive, so if you have any recommendations as to other websites, please get in touch.

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