Undergraduate course

Testing and Assessing Language Proficiency

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeNORAN109
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian. Danish and Swedish may also be used.
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Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course addresses testing and assessment of second language skills. Central topics are modern forms of language assessment, principles of testing and assessment, and their theoretical underpinnings. The course also discusses ethical aspect of language testing as well as issues related to testing and assessing language skills in multilingual persons.

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students will have:


the student

  • will have insight into principles of testing and assessment, and their theoretical underpinnings
  • will have insight into modern forms of language assessment
  • will have insight into ethical aspects of language testing and assessment


the student

  • can test and evaluate a learner's language skills
  • can reflect upon principles of testing and assessment of second language skills
  • can critically evaluate current systems and practises of language testing and assessment
  • can take part in activities related to language testing and assessment

General competence

the student

  • has a theoretical and practical knowledge base about testing and assessing language skills in bilingual persons

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Students must have a very good knowledge of the Norwegian language.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

The course is open to all students with the right to study at UiB.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Approximately 22 lessons organised as lessons.

Approximately 10 student colloquia with sporadic teacher assistance.

If less than five students are registered to a course, the department might reduce the teaching, please see the department's guidelines regarding this on "My page". In cases when this situation may arise the students will be informed at the beginning of the semester, and before the deadline regarding semester registration 1.February/1.September.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

A short paper of approximately 350 words submitted on the deadline decided by the course administration.

Forms of Assessment

4 hours written examination.

Written in bokmål.

Grading Scale

Grade scale A-F.

Reading List

An approximately 400-pages curriculum decided by the course administration.

Course Evaluation

Evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assurance system.


Contact Information

Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies.

E-mail: advice@lle.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    27.11.2017, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam