The 30 day guide to get ready for the Sproochentest

If you plan to sit for the Luxembourgish language test, called Sproochentest,  to be able to apply for the Luxembourgish citizenship, there are a few things you need to know to help optimise your score on the day.  The purpose of the Sproochentest is to evaluate your language levels in the oral expression and listening comprehension.

But are you wondering how to prepare  and what to study for both the oral and listening comprehension test? Many candidates reach out to me 1 or 2 months before the test because they need guidance on how to be best prepared to pass the Sproochentest. So I thought that many amongst you might be feeling the same as my students. Therefore the idea to set up a 30 day study schedule which will guide you in the preparation for the Sproochentest.

I highly recommend you to read my article which will help you to get ready to take successfully the test if you have the required language levels. You are unsure about your language level? Click here to evaluate your current spoken production level with this Self-assessment grid. Or get a free evaluation by contacting me at anne@glift.lu

How do you prepare the most efficient way for this test?

I have set up this step-by-step guide which will show you:

What to learn,
How to learn, and
How to practice

Actually, when you prepare for a test, the first thing you should do is to get familiar with the test requirements. To pass an test it is always really helpful to take a look at older tests. Like this you get an impression on what kind of questions or tasks are requested, the format of the exam and how you are going to be assessed exactly. Nothing is worse than sitting in an exam and realizing that you don’t know what to do, right!

I have explained more in details all you should know about the tests in these blog posts:
What is the listening test about?
All you should know about the oral test!
The test requirements

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What, When and How: The 30 Day Guide

Get ready for the Oral Test:

Day 1

Read about the procedure and the content of the Sproochentest on the website of the Institut National des Langues (INL) so that you know all about the test format, the content, the requirements and the passing criteria.

Download all the documents of the sample test!

Download the example of questions “Gespréich” which you can find under the rubrique “Sample Test” on the webite of INL.  These are questions the examiner might ask about the weather, the seasons and daily activities, holidays etc .… Answer these questions. Take time to write down a short answer to each question.

Day 2

Set your study goals and your study schedule. I suggest to set aside for these 30 days a specific block of time for studying. Planning it out, having a daily routine will help you to stay motivated, to keep track about your daily progress and to achieve your goals.

Day 3-7: 

Describing a picture: The INL has published 2 examples of pictures under the rubrique “Sample Test”. Practice – 1 picture a day – by writing a description for each. While writing the description of each picture it is best to think about: who – what – where – when. Think about the subject, environment, time of day, weather, location, the activities. This will give you ideas to keep you talking.

In my online course “Succeed at the Sproochentest I teach you a useful technique how to best describe a picture in less than 5 minutes.

Practice your oral expression by reading aloud your description. This is very important as it will help you gaining confidence. Do you feel unsure about the pronunciation of some words? Check it on the Luxembourgish online dictionary: LOD

Then choose in a magazine or on the Internet 3-4 other pictures showing people and describe them and practice as explained above. Take 1 day per picture.

Day 8-26: 

Learn and practice to talk about the following topics:

  1. Meng Famill
  2. Mäin Alldag
  3. Meng Hobbyen / Fräizäitaktivitéiten
  4. Meng Vakanz
  5. Meng Iessgewunnechten
  6. Meng Aarbecht / meng Formatioun
  7. Medien & liesen
  8. De Stot maachen & akafe goen
  9. Transportmëttel
  10. Meng Gesondheet

 

Take my useful tips: 

1 Gather the necessary vocabulary to talk about the different topics. For example if you want to talk about your family you would need to name the family members: Elteren, Grousselteren, Geschwëster, Mann, Fra, Cousinen, Tatta, Monni, Kanner …

2 Write a text for each topic (it should always be personal as the questions the examiner will ask in the test are always about you and your family). Think about: who – what – where – when

3 Speak out loudly your written texts and record yourself on your smartphone. Then practice over and over again. This is very important as it will help you get familiarised with the vocabulary and with the pronunciation of the words.

4 Take 2 days to prepare each topic. Except the last one: you need only 1 day to prepare the topic “Transportmëttel”. I suggest to incorporate most of that wording into the topic: Meng Vakanz.

5 Frequency of repetition is more important than the length of your text! Why is repetition important? Well, repetition because that’s the way our brain works. The more our brain sees something, the more likely it is to remember. And don’t forget that vocabulary is all about being emotional. Be creative by personalizing what you are writing. As a result your text will be more memorable and meaningful.

In the description of this oral test you are allowed to make mistakes. The mispronunciation of individual words is accepted. You don’t need to have a perfect grammar. Keep in mind that the required level is A2. You are expected to be capable of using simple language.

The most important is :
Make sure to understand what is required from you.
Show that you are able to handle a social exchange, to make a simple conversation.
Show that you can talk about the topic and support your ideas with examples!

The whole test (part 1 & part 2) lasts about 10 to 12 minutes.

Get ready for the Listening Comprehension Test:

Day 27

Download the examples which you can find under the rubrique “Sample Test” on the webite of INL.

1 Listen to the instructions.
2 Read the questions
3 Listen to the 3 recordings (following the instructions)
4 Answer the multiple choice questions for each recording
5 Check your answers with the answer sheet (Key-Léisungen)

Day 28-30

Listen to audios of your text book or short radio news items and practice!  Or ask your teacher to give you some audios (level B1) with multiple choice questions.

Listen many times until you are sure to have understood the context, the main point and also the important vocabulary. Choose audios with the transcript so that you can afterwords listen to the audio and read simultaneously the transcript. This will help you strenghten your listenining and understanding skills. After that. you can try to read aloud with the transcript: this will help you to strenghten your pronunciation.

I hope this really helped you to get organised before the D-Day.

Need more help?

With my online course Succeed at the Sproochentestyou can practice your listening comprehension skills with 6 examples exactly as in the test.

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