Free online Russian tests

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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.

Sidenote: random but related reading from other bloggers-
Taking the Oral Proficiency Interview in Russian
TORFL Exam Experiences in Kyiv

 

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.

Click on this picture to take the Liden & Denz test.

 

Each page will tell you what level the questions are at. The confusing questions below were labeled at B1.

 

Ugh, Russian participles!!! As far as I know, the key to answering them correctly is lucky guessing.
Level B2+

 

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.

 

 

 

 

МГУ

Moscow State University has not just one free online test- they have 5!

Click on this picture to take the MGU level test.

 

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.

 

Click on this picture to take the MGU children’s test.

 

MGU will email you a copy of your answers (with corrections) after you’ve completed the test.

 

 

 

Russificate

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.

Click on this picture to take the Russificate level test. (And don’t answer A for question 9!)

 

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-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russificate has an actualy screen to show you your level, but I guess I didn’t click on it- oops.

 

 

 

If you take any of these tests, let me know how you did! 🙂

12 Responses

  1. Robert Kopp
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    I think I took Liden & Denz, but I don’t remember my score (though I think I did pretty well). I’ll try it again. I had not heard of some of the others, so I’ll look for them.
    What I find confusing is when the grammatical gender of a living person does not agree with their actual sex (Дядя, for example). Do adjectives and verb tenses inflected for gender agree with the former or the latter? I should check on this point before taking the tests, since it is almost certain to appear.

    • Katherine
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      Privet Robert!

      I agree, those words like дядя, дедушка, and папа are tricky. Even мужчина looks like a feminine noun! (And let’s not forget all the guys’ nicknames: Саша, Вася, Паша, etc.) As far as I know, they all get treated as masculine nouns, so добрый папа, дедушка сказал, and so on.

      What really gets me are “nouns of common gender”… they seem strange, but they’re straight out of a textbook. Check these out:
      – Он большой умница.
      – Он сирота.
      – Он новый коллега.
      – Она хороший врач.
      – Моя сестра известный инженер.
      Have you ever run across those kinds of words?

      Good luck to you on the tests! 🙂

    • Lyttenburgh
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      “What I find confusing is when the grammatical gender of a living person does not agree with their actual sex (Дядя, for example)”

      Huh? I don’t understand. Дядя – “uncle”. Тётя – “aunt”.

  2. J.T.
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    I took the МГУ placement test and got a 34 out of 40. Hooray!
    I haven’t tried the others, though…

    • Katherine
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      Молодец!

      • J.T.
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        Took the Russificate test today and got 64 out of 70 correct!

      • Katherine
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        Wow! That’s a great score!!

  3. Robert Kopp
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    50/65 on Liden & Denz. I missed all the participles (etc.) although these forms are mostly encountered in literature. I know where to find them in a textbook, though–in the back 🙂

    • Katherine
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      Haha, we have the same issue with participles 😉 Nice score, though!

  4. Valentina
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    Ещё вот здесь есть тесты http://learnrussian.rt.com/tests/

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