New regulation on testing of Vietnamese language proficiency for foreigners

The Ministry of Education and Training has recently issued a regulation on organization of Vietnamese language proficiency tests for foreigners under Circular 27 enacted on October 7.

Accordingly, those tests, designed to assess foreigners’ Vietnamese language proficiency, including four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, are based on the Vietnamese language competency framework for foreigners issued previously.

Regarding the testing format, listening, reading and writing skills will be tested on paper or using computers, while the speaking skill test will be completed in face-to-face interviews with examiners or using computers.

The testing format will be decided on a case-by-case basis by test organizers, and informed to test takers before their registration.

Eligible for hosting tests are tertiary education institutions providing literature studies, Vietnamese literature teacher training, Vietnamese language studies, and Vietnamese culture studies, as well as units assigned by state agencies for providing Vietnamese language training for foreigners.

Under the Circular, Vietnamese language proficiency certificates will be granted to foreigners who have passed a test within the six-level Vietnamese language competency framework.

The certificate form will be provided by the Ministry of Education and Training while certificate validity duration will be decided by agencies and units using it.

This Circular takes effect on November 22, 2021.-

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