Language certificates

Would you like to learn more about language proficiency certificates and to practise for the YKI test? Here you can find information and instructions on language certificates and a list of practice websites for the YKI test.
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National Certificates of Language Proficiency (YKI) 
 

The National Certificates of Language Proficiency (YKI) are language tests intended for adults. The tests assess general language proficiency in practical situations.  

After taking the test, you will receive a certificate that officially proves your proficiency of different languages. YKI certificates allow you to apply to educational institutions or for employment and help you prove your language proficiency to your employer. You can also apply for Finnish citizenship with the YKI certificates (Finnish and Swedish tests).  

For more information, instructions and tips on the National Certificate of Language Proficiency, visit the InfoFinland website. The site is available in multiple languages.  

National Certificates of Language Proficiency (YKI) | InfoFinland 

The YKI tests are organised by the Finnish National Agency for Education. Registration, test dates and instructions are available on the website of the Finnish National Agency for Education. The website is available in Finnish, Swedish and English.  

National Certificates of Language Proficiency (YKI) | Finnish National Agency for Education 

Several educational institutions organise shorter or longer preparatory courses for the YKI test. You can search for suitable preparatory courses in the Course location search. 

You can also use the following websites to learn more about the YKI test and practise for it.

University of Jyväskylä practice site

  • all levels and topics
  • instructions for participants, test days and places  

Practise for YKI | University of Jyväskylä (in Finnish)

Yle practice site

  • all levels and topics
  • instructions for participants, test days and places  
  • the website also includes practice for the Swedish YKI test  

Practise for YKI | Yle (in Finnish)

Yle B1 level practice site

  • B1-tasolle eli YKIn keskitason testiin harjoituksia 
  • Tekstin ja puheen ymmärtämisen tehtäviä yhdeksästä aiheesta

 B1-tason YKI-testiin | Ylen sivusto

Osaamisen paikka

  • intermediate (B) and advanced (C) exercises, 
  • instructions for participants, test days and places
  • a summary of sites with YKI exercises  

Practise for YKI | Osaamisen paikka (in Finnish)

Helsingin aikuisopisto practice site

  • vocabulary and grammar exercises
  • on this website you can test whether your language skills are sufficient for the YKI test

Practise for YKI | Helsingin aikuisopisto (in Finnish)

Practise with videos

  • video links
  • tips for the YKI test
  • speaking and writing exercises 

 Video exercises for YKI | YouTube (in Finnish)

A guidebook for passing the YKI test

  • an e-book in English: A Step-By-Step Guide To Passing The YKI Test
  • fee-based

 Preparing for YKI | YKI Pass

Civil Service Language Proficiency Certificates (VKT) 

The Civil Service Language Proficiency Certificate system is intended for public administration staff to demonstrate their proficiency of Finnish or Swedish, the official languages in Finland. These certificates can be used to officially demonstrate Finnish or Swedish proficiency to an employer, and they can also be used to apply for Finnish citizenship.  

For more information, instructions and tips on the Civil Service Language Proficiency Certificates, visit the InfoFinland website. The site is available in multiple languages.  

Civil Service Language Proficiency Certificates (VKT) | InfoFinland 

The Civil Service Language Proficiency Certificates are organised by the Finnish National Agency for Education. Registration, test dates and instructions are available on the website of the Finnish National Agency for Education. The website is available in Finnish, Swedish and English. 

Civil Service Language Proficiency Certificates (VKT) | Finnish National Agency for Education (in Finnish)

Comparison of the National and Civil service language proficiency certificates | Finnish National Agency for Education (in English)

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