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TORFL General Information

The Russian State System for Certification of Proficiency in Russian as a Foreign Language establishes the following Russian language proficiency levels:
- Basic level (including Elementary sublevel);
- Level 1;
- Level 2;
- Level 3;
- Level 4.

The Russian state multilevel testing system is part of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE). TORFL levels comparison with the CEFR levels:

 

Russian State Multilevel Testing System Common European Framework
Level 4 (TORFL-4) C 2
Level 3 (TORFL-3) C 1
Level 2 (TORFL-2) B 2
Level 1 (TORFL-1) B 1
Basic level (BLT) A 2
Elementary level (ELT) A 1

TORFL Types and Levels:

Test  Level description  Additional information
BLT (Basic Level Test) Confirms basic communication skills sufficient for communication with native speakers in a limited number of predictable social, cultural and academic situations. The set of linguistic tools is strictly limited by the communication needs of this level.  
TORFL-1 (Level 1 Test on Russian as a foreign language) Confirms the sufficient level of communication skills in everyday social and cultural situations. This level is adequate for communication in the Russian-speaking community (work, study, leisure). Mandatory to enter Russian universities.
TORFL-2 (Level 2 Test on Russian as a foreign language) Confirms the intermediate level of communication skills in all communication situations. Enables the speaker to carry out professional activities in Russian as a professional in humanities, natural sciences, engineering and technology. Mandatory to obtain the Bachelor and Master degrees (except for Philology major) from Russian universities.
TORFL-3 (Level 3 Test on Russian as a foreign language) Confirms the advanced level of communication skills in all communication situations. Enables the speaker to carry out professional activities in Russian as a philologist, translator, editor, journalist, diplomat, manager as part of Russian-speaking staff. Mandatory to obtain the Bachelor degree in Philology.
TORFL-4 (Level 4 Test on Russian as a foreign language) Confirms the advanced level of Russian language close to the native speaker level. Mandatory to obtain the Bachelor and Specialist degrees in Philology, PhD degree in Philology and Education.
Naturalization test Confirms the sufficient level of Russian language for oral and written communication in the Russian-speaking community. Mandatory to obtain Russian citizenship

 

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