At the Center of HSE International Preparatory Programmes, you can pass an international certified exam in Russian as a Foreign Language (TRKI/TORFL, levels A1-C2). Testing is conducted in cooperation with the Language Testing Center of St. Petersburg State University.
TRKI (TORFL) – is an international exam to determine the level of Russian language proficiency. General knowledge of Russian as a foreign language includes six levels and correlates with testing systems validated in other countries.
A1 (elementary level); skills: basic vocabulary, bidding good morning/goodbye, making a request of somebody.
A2 (basic level),skills: basic vocabulary and communication (shopping in Russian, communication on public transport or in a restaurant).
B1 (first certification level), skills: maintaining social/business interaction, curriculum vocabulary.
B2 (second certification leve), skills: reasonably fluent communication, understanding mass media and lecture information; using various language styles.
C1 (third certification level), skills: fluent communication without fumbling for words or phrases, effective use of language for studies and professional activity.
C2 (fourth certification level); skills: native speaker level.
The test comprises five subtests: Grammar and Vocabulary, Reading, Listening, Writing, Speaking.
To pass the TRKI test, you need to:
- average at least 66% across all 5 subtests;
- score at least 66% in 4 of the subtests and at least 60% in the other.
TRKI (TORFL) certificate is indefinite.If you have an international TRKI (TORFL) certificate the results of these examinations can be recognized by HSE University and used instead of HSE's internal examinations. More information is at Recognition of International Exam Results.
HOW TO APPLY
Exam dates: on a rolling basis (based on the availiability of applications.
Registration fee: 6000 rubles.Registration fee must be paid no later than 3 days before the exam date. Please use online Payment form.
Sample preparation materials are available here .
HSE International Preparatory Programmes
Address: Moscow, Pokrovsky Boulevard, 11, Building D, Room D601