Information about the fide test

The fide test assesses your language skills on the levels A1 – B1. The tasks relate to various everyday situations in Switzerland, such as work, doctor's appointments or visits to the local municipality. The fide test was developed on behalf of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM). The fide test consists of an oral part («speaking & comprehension») and a written part («reading & writing»).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the fide-test?

fide stands for Français, Italiano, Deutsch, Switzerland's official languages, and was originally developed by the Institute of Multilingualism in Freiburg, on behalf of the Confederation. It was developed in order to promote linguistic integration in Switzerland.

The end goal of this exam is to provide Swiss residents who speak other languages with an opportunity to develop and provide proof of their competency in the official language of the canton where they live.

The fide-test is a language test that tests language skills in everyday life in Switzerland. The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) recommends the fide-test for proving language skills in the naturalisation procedure and for residence and settlement permits because, unlike the well-known foreign language tests, it takes Swiss circumstances into account and tests the linguistic ability to cope with everyday situations.

Who can take the fide test?

Anyone over the age of 16. People with a disability can also take the fide test. Special rules apply to them, which are agreed upon between the examination institution and the Secretariat fide.

How can I register for the fide test?

You can contact an examination institution directly from our list (see below) to register (at the latest 15 days before the examination date). When registering, you can also choose whether you want to take the entire fide test, or only one of the two parts (written/oral).  

What does the fide test cost?

The entire test costs CHF 250. Only the oral part costs CHF 170. Only the written part CHF 120.

How long does the fide test take?

The oral part lasts 40 minutes, the written part 60 minutes.

When will I receive the results / the Language Passport?

You will receive the Language Passport and the test results directly by post approximately 4 weeks after the test. The examination institution and the fide office cannot give any information about the results over the phone.

How can I prepare for the fide test?

You can download the model test (on the righthand side of this page) or register for a mock exam (part «speaking») of the fide test in German or French.

For a more personalised accompaniment to reach success at your fide test, we highly recommend that you also check our Preparation Program for the fide test. Our special program consists of a combination of private online lessons with our Super Profs & access to our e-courses for independent learning.

How can I take the fide test if, for example, I cannot see well or read and write well?

Accredited examination institutions offer participants with impairments (e.g. visual impairment, hearing impairment, reading or writing difficulties, etc.) individual performance conditions. When registering, clarify with the examination institution which aids or which special conditions are possible. When registering, it is best to submit a medical certificate which is not older than two years and describes the impairment in German, French, Italian or English.

How long is a Language Passport or Language Certificate valid?

In principle, all recognised language certificates, as well as the language passport, are valid for life. If a language certificate dates back many years and the authorities have doubts about your current language level, a new language certificate may be required.

fide vs delf

The Swiss fide test is similar to the French DELF A1/A2/B1 exams in its format, but slightly different as it focuses mainly on situations which can happen in your everyday life, with special emphasis on actions and needs. As its content is based on useful daily life scenarios, most Permis C and Swiss naturalisation applicants choose to obtain their Passeport des langues fide (as opposed to the DELF certificates). Also, as the fide certificate is valid for life, it is indeed worth investing in an efficient preparation program which will assert your success.

The official free fide mock test

Find the official free fide mock test to help gain understanding of what the test looks like, its structure and requirements, so you can prepare accordingly.

Click on the button below to go to the official fide website and download the mock exam.

Special Webinar Series

Our 4 free online lessons with our Super Prof Yohann will help you review key grammar points and learn more vocabulary about health, family and work. These topics will be useful for your fide test preparation and your everyday life in Switzerland.

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Preparation Program for the fide Test

Since January 2019, foreign nationals (i.e. residents of Switzerland who are not Swiss citizens) whose mother tongue isn’t French must provide a proof of the required French level proficiency in order to obtain their Permis C or Swiss Naturalisation in Suisse romande.

Learning French isn’t a “luxury” anymore and failing to prove that you can speak, read, write and understand French well enough could jeopardise your ability to stay in Switzerland in the long term.

Our team of Super Profs, all French language exam specialists, has developed a special program to help you prepare for this important exam. We make sure you acquire all the right language tools to feel confident and ready to pass this exam “haut la main” (with flying colours)!

We have tailored a special preparation program for the fide test that consists of both private lessons with our Super Profs & access to our online learning for independent learning.

Learn more about it by clicking on the button below.

Disclaimer: Prêt à Parler CH does not carry out fide tests and is not yet accredited for any of the fide procedures. However, our team of Super Profs has been helping our clients to successfully pass their fide test in Suisse romande since January 2019. Our online preparation program for the fide test, blog articles, social media posts and videos are meant to help fide applicants better understand and prepare for their exam.