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Fide test

Fide test

Starting from January 1st 2019, any non-Swiss resident is required to have a valid proof of language if they wish to apply for the Swiss nationality or to renew their residence permit.

The fide test is a certified and recognized proof of language issued by the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).

To register to the fide test or for more information, please contact us via our web form.

Mastering a desired level of French.

Our unique blended learning method is the fastest way to learn and master French. When you sign up for a Swiss French School course, you can define with your own personal consultant which level you wish to obtain. A personalized solution is offered taking in consideration your availability, current level and the timeframe in which you will reach your objective. Once that has been defined, we guarantee (contractually) that you will reach your objective.

Taking the fide test

Swiss French School is a fide-accredited test center. You can take the test at our centers in Geneva and/or Lausanne to receive your certificate.

The test typically consists of two main components:

  • Speaking and understanding: (20 minutes and 20 minutes) This part assesses a candidate's ability to speak and understand French. It often includes a conversation with an examiner, where the candidate discusses various topics, answers questions, and demonstrates their oral communication skills.
  • Reading and writing: (15-minute introduction, 60-minute test) This part evaluates the candidate's listening and reading comprehension skills. Candidates are required to listen to spoken passages or read written texts in French and then answer questions or provide responses based on their understanding.

You have the option of taking just one of the tests in French, or both.

For further information, please visit the official fide test website by clicking here.

Registration and dates for the fide test

To register for the fide test or for more information, please contact us via our web form.

Once you have made an appointment with a consultant, please come to our school at the agreed date and time with the following documents:

  • Your residence permit
  • Credit card for payment

The upcoming available dates for taking the oral and written French tests at our Geneva or Lausanne centers are the following:

- Geneva

Session Speaking and understanding Reading and writing Last day to register
01 24.11.2023 (full) 28.11.2023 (full) 09.11.2023
02 15.12.2023 (full) 19.12.2023 (full) 01.12.2023
03 26.01.2024 (full) 30.01.2024 (full) 04.01.2024
04 23.02.2024(full) 27.02.2024 (full) 01.02.2024
05 22.03.2024 (full) 26.03.2024 (full) 29.02.2024
06 26.04.2024 (full) 30.04.2024 (full) 04.04.2024
07 24.05.2024 (full) 28.05.2024 (full) 02.05.2024
08 28.06.2024 (full) 02.07.2024 (full) 06.06.2024
09 26.07.2024 (full) 30.07.2024 (full) 04.07.2024
10 30.08.2024 03.09.2024 08.08.2024
11 27.09.2024 01.10.2024 05.09.2024
12 25.10.2024 29.10.2024 03.10.2024
13 22.11.2024 26.11.2024 31.10.2024
14 13.12.2024 17.12.2024 21.11.2024

- Lausanne

Session Speaking and understanding Reading and writing Last day to register
01 24.05.2024 (full) 24.05.2024 (full) 03.05.2024
02 31.05.2024 (full) 31.05.2024 (full) 10.05.2024
03 07.06.2024 (full) 07.06.2024 (full) 17.05.2024
04 14.06.2024 (full) 14.06.2024 (full) 24.05.2024
05 21.06.2024 (full) 21.06.2024 (full) 31.05.2024
06 28.06.2024 (full) 28.06.2024 (full) 07.06.2024
07 05.07.2024 (full) 05.07.2024 14.06.2024
08 12.07.2024 (full) 12.07.2024 21.06.2024
09 19.07.2024 (full) 19.07.2024 28.06.2024
10 26.07.2024 (full) 26.07.2024 05.07.2024
11 09.08.2024 (full) 09.08.2024 19.07.2024
12 16.08.2024 16.08.2024 26.07.2024
13 23.08.2024 23.08.2024 02.08.2024
14 30.08.2024 30.08.2024 09.08.2024
15 06.09.2024 06.09.2024 16.08.2024
16 13.09.2024 13.09.2024 23.08.2024
17 20.09.2024 20.09.2024 30.08.2024

Price of the fide test

Prices are set nationally.

  • Full exam (both evaluations): CHF 250
  • Speaking & understanding: CHF 170
  • Reading & writing: CHF 120

To register to the fide test or for more information, please contact us via our web form.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Registration fee must be paid at the time of registration.
  • In case of cancellation before the registration deadline, an administrative fee will be charged.
  • In case of absence from the test, no refund will be made.

Click here to download the complete general conditions of the fide test in Lausanne.

Click here to see an example of a mock test.

Click here to download the rules of participation to the fide test

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