Instructions for the applicant
Instructions for the APPLICANT for the Examination of the Czech Language for Permanent Residence in effect as of 1 January 2016
BEFORE THE EXAMINATION
A) Centrally Set Dates
The examination of the Czech language shall take place on the entire territory of the Czech Republic every Wednesday and further every second Saturday of the month (unless this day is a bank holiday). If the bank holiday of the CR falls on a Wednesday or on the second Saturday of the month, the examination will take place on Thursday, in the case of a Saturday date, the following Saturday.
The dates and times of the examination and the version of the examination, which is tested on the given date and at the given time, is set by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. The time of the examination starts from the beginning of the test and is set in the following way:
- odd Wednesdays from 9:00 to 10:00;
- even Wednesdays from 13:00 to 14:00;
- Saturdays from 9:00 to 10:00.
The examination is always started in the given timeframe. The precise time of the start of the examination and the currently announced dates of the examination is provided directly at the specific examining institution.
B) Who Can Apply for the Examination
Candidates can enrol for the examination who are applicants for a Permit for Permanent Residence in the CR. A candidate can enrol for the examination:
a) who has been given a Voucher issued by the Ministry of the Interior for a free examination
b) who has paid the fee for the examination at the specific examining institution.
C) When, Where and How to Apply for the Examination
The applicant may apply for the examination in institutions where examinations take place in person, by telephone, or by email. The information on these specific examining instutions and their contact information can be found in the section Places where the examination can be taken. Information on the institutions that implement the examination is also provided by the employees of the regional workplaces of the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior (www.mvcr.cz,), where the applicant can pick up a Voucher for the examination.
The applicant enrols for the examination at the selected examining institution in advance, namely at least two days before the examination takes place. Later enrolment for the examination is not possible! The applicant provides the institution with the following data: first name and surname, sex, citizenship, place of residence, date of birth and place of birth. The applicant also submits the original Voucher if taking the examiantion for the first time, or an applicant with special needs will present a doctor’s report or other document that prooves and describes the medical disability. Should the applicant enrol otherwise than in person, we recommend that he/she deliver a photocopy of the Voucher in advance by post or email.
After the enrolment for the examination, the organizer of the examination will inform the applicant on the date and time of the examination.
D) Fees for the Examination
If the applicant submits the Voucher for a Free Examination of the Czech Language, he/she has the right to one examination at no charge. If the applicant repeats the examination, he/she must pay a fee for the examination of 1,500 CZK. This fee is always paid before the examination.
E) New Type of Tests
The examination of Czech for Permanent Residence in the CR comprises a written and oral part. The written part tests reading comprehension, listening comprehension and writing and takes approximately eighty minutes. Be aware that it is only the time the examination lasts. The entire examination including registration and breaks can take much longer. In the written part, the applicant needs to acquire a minimum of thirty-six of thesixty possible points to pass.
If the applicant successfully passes the written part, he/she still has to sit the oral part on the same day, which tests speaking and lasts ten minutes. The applicant needs to acquire a minimum of twelve of the twenty possible points.
Sample examination (Interactive model test) can be found by the applicant on this website. A printed model version of the examination is available at the examining institutins, the regional workplaces of the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior (www.mvcr.cz) and the Foreign Nationals Integration Support Centres.
There is also a handbook Prepare with Us for the Examination of the Czech Language for Permanent Residence in the CR available for applicants for the examination. There is more information in the section Handbook.
ON THE DAY OF THE EXAMINATION
- Upon registration, the applicant must submit his/her travel document, the document of a residence permit (where the place of the announced residence is presented) and the original of the Voucher (if taking the examination for the first time).
- The applicant signs the attendance sheet.
- An applicant who arrives late to the examination cannot sit the examination on the given day; he/she must subsequently negotiate another date with the institution.
- Within the registration, the applicant shall receive a card with a registration number under which he/she will appear in the examination.
- After entry of the testing room, the examiner will take the applicant to his/her place. The applicant will place his/her travel document and card with the number on the desk. Both of these things shall lie on the desk for the entire period of the examination.
- The applicant must always turn off his/her mobile telephone in the testing room.
- The applicant places aside his/her bags, books, dictionaries, notebooks, recording devices, mobile phone and other things so that they are in a place that everyone can see but are not close to the applicant.
- During the written examination, the applicant may not leave the room; we therefore recommend going to the restroom before the beginning of the written part of the test.
- The applicant may enter the testing room only upon the instructions of an employee of the institution.
- After the written part of the examination has finished, the applicant submits all of the components of the examination (i.e. the answer sheets and the instructions) and the card with the registration number.
- During the written examination, the applicant will receive information on when and where he/she will be familiarised with the results of the written examination.
- An applicant who has failed the written examination may repeat the examination on other dates. He/she must pay for each subsequent examination.
- An applicant who has successfully passed the written part will find out the order in the oral examination. Applicants with special needs and pregnant women, etc. will be given preference in sitting the oral examination.
- The employees of the institution will inform the applicants of the time and place of the oral examination. The applicant shall arrive for the oral examination on time according to the time set.
- Before entry of the room where the oral examination will take place, the applicant presents his/her travel document and again receives a card with a registration number.
- After finishing the oral examination, the applicant shall await the results.
AFTER THE EXAMINATION
- The applicant, who has successfully passed the oral part of the examination shall receive a Certificate Proving the Knowledge of the Czech Language.
- The applicant who fails the oral part of the examination may repeat the examination on different dates. He/she must pay for each subsequent examination.
- If the applicant wants to take a revision examination at the same institution, we recommend that he/she register for the next available