How do you answer, “So, how good is your Russian?”
I’m usually scrambling for an answer. “Um, well, I don’t know, uh…”
Finally, I decided to always answer with “I speak a little Russian,” or, “Still learning it.” Both those answers are a lot shorter than “Well, it’s excellent when Свекровь and I are about halfway through the second bottle…” 😉
Someday, I’d like to take one of the big, official language tests. The biggest seems to be the ТРКИ, TORFL (Test of Russian as a Foreign Language.) According to SRAS, you can take the TORFL at a Russian university for $225 and “The test can also be taken in the US by universities accredited to do so by the Russian government.”
Or there’s a $95 test from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages that can be done online. That one I might actually do this year.
In the meantime, I tried a few of the free online Russian tests…
Liden & Denz
The well-known St. Pete’s school Liden & Denz has a free online test. There’s no countdown timer, but they ask you to answer all 65 questions in less than 30 minutes.
Each page will tell you what level the questions are at. The confusing questions below were labeled at B1.
At the end, you’ll be able to see all your answers with corrections + info about your approximate level. They’ll email you a copy of your answers as well.
Moscow State University has not just one free online test- they have 5!
In theory, this test might be a little easier than the Liden & Denz test, since there are fewer answers to choose from.
There’s also an adorable children’s test. A lot of the pictures come from famous cartoons like светик семицветик and Лев Бонифаций.
MGU will email you a copy of your answers (with corrections) after you’ve completed the test.
The final test I took was a big one- 70 questions, each with 4 options to choose from. Unlike the previous tests, this test displays your score while you take the test. Turns out this can really affect your mood. I answered the first question correctly, starting the test off with a brilliant 100%… and then my score got lower and lower with each question, haha.
There’s one other big difference about this test- the questions are all mixed up. Instead of starting off with easy questions and gradually making them more difficult, the Russificate test is all over the place. Out of all three tests, this one gave me the most doubt about my Russian skills.
Since your score is automatically calculated on screen, you don’t need to enter an email address to take this test. Be sure to click ‘Get Results’ and then screenshot or write down your results, since you won’t have a record of them in your inbox.
Here were my scores-