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soon I am going to take a validation exam in Fide.. If somebody had already, could you please give me a bit information about it?



As I understand from what I read;
1- there will be only 2 experts
2- they will pick a topic and will chat with you
3- they will pick a topic and will want you to write something about it..
4- it will take 30-45 mins in total



Place: zurich
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Re: Fide Exam

That all seems about right - I attended one in Bern a couple of months ago but it is as you said above.
The chat was based broadly on my CV.
The written test I had was to read over a short text and answer about 6 multiple choice questions about the text (about my child attending school), and then to write a letter to the local education authority.

Hope that helps - am sure you will nail it.
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That all seems about right - I attended one in Bern a couple of months ago but it is as you said above.
The chat was based broadly on my CV.
The written test I had was to read over a short text and answer about 6 multiple choice questions about the text (about my child attending school), and then to write a letter to the local education authority.

Hope that helps - am sure you will nail it.

Thank you very much. It helped me to understand a bit what will happen I just did not have any idea how exam would be.. Because its not a typical exam.. Thank you again
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Re: Fide Exam

There is also an oral comprehension part where they play an audio recording and then you need to answer questions about what you heard. One part involves choosing the correct picture and you answer questions in the other part.
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Re: Fide Exam

Hi everyone

Let me update the status:

Today I had my exam in Zurich. Firstly they put me in a room and there were two woman examiner. They ask me, can u introduce yourself and I did. They asked me questions about my job, can u give detail what you do, how you get the tasks, what about customers etc.. Total it took 5 mins I think..

then they said, we are done, please go to next room for writing test. I did and there was another woman. She said me, choose one of the 3 topics. One was about Fiber-Internet offer from a company, other one was about take care service for old people and other topic I do not remember..

I've chosen internet topic. There were an offer on the paper and on the second paper, they asked 3 multiple choice questions regarding the text.
And on the third paper, they ask me that write an email that I accept their offer and about your permission ( they can come and install the new technology, fiber in this case)... Min 50 words that mentioned. So I wrote a proper email..

I was expecting that she will say, you pass or not. But she said, next week.. So I dont know whether i've passed the exams or not..

thats all. It was not difficult.
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Hi everyone

Let me update the status:

Today I had my exam in Zurich. Firstly they put me in a room and there were two woman examiner. They ask me, can u introduce yourself and I did. They asked me questions about my job, can u give detail what you do, how you get the tasks, what about customers etc.. Total it took 5 mins I think..

then they said, we are done, please go to next room for writing test. I did and there was another woman. She said me, choose one of the 3 topics. One was about Fiber-Internet offer from a company, other one was about take care service for old people and other topic I do not remember..

I've chosen internet topic. There were an offer on the paper and on the second paper, they asked 3 multiple choice questions regarding the text.
And on the third paper, they ask me that write an email that I accept their offer and about your permission ( they can come and install the new technology, fiber in this case)... Min 50 words that mentioned. So I wrote a proper email..

I was expecting that she will say, you pass or not. But she said, next week.. So I dont know whether i've passed the exams or not..

thats all. It was not difficult.
Hi, thanks a lot for your generously providing the valuable experience! May I ask what level (A1/A2/B1) of test you took. I will be taking A1 level this June in Basel. Thanks!
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Hi, thanks a lot for your generously providing the valuable experience! May I ask what level (A1/A2/B1) of test you took. I will be taking A1 level this June in Basel. Thanks!

It was B1
good luck with your exam. it is easy to pass dont worry
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Re: Fide Exam

Is it possible to take only one portion (speaking) of the Fide exam, or do you have to take all of the parts? Is it pass/fail, or are you assigned an ability level for each section---i.e. A2 writing, B1 speaking etc.
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Is it possible to take only one portion (speaking) of the Fide exam, or do you have to take all of the parts? Is it pass/fail, or are you assigned an ability level for each section---i.e. A2 writing, B1 speaking etc.
If the Fide is anything like other official tests, the purpose is to assess your full abilities in the language - reading, writing, and speaking. Thus you wouldn't be able to take just one and assume you'd pass the whole thing. If you want to take a test to assess your level before you do something official, most language schools offer assessment tests.
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Is it possible to take only one portion (speaking) of the Fide exam, or do you have to take all of the parts? Is it pass/fail, or are you assigned an ability level for each section---i.e. A2 writing, B1 speaking etc.

To my knowledge, yes you can take only one portion, actually you pay for them separately, if I remember correctly.. fr.100 for the written, fr.150 for the oral exam (2018 prices). Though I wouldn't imagine why one would like to take only one part, unless repeating that part of the exam only.



There is no pass/fail, it assesses your ability level.


If you do the oral first and you get a (B1), on the written exam day they will give you the choice to take either the "easy" exam (up to level A2) or the "hard" exam, up to level B1. However, if you don't get B1 in the oral exam, you will be only offered the "easy" written exam.



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Fide Exam

Hi, I will soon be giving the Fide exam for b1 (oral exam).I would like to know if anyone has given the test recently and what kind of questions are asked in the test.
1) one needs to present themself.
2) I know there is a listening part. Will there be questions given before hand. One needs to write the answer or to be answered orally.
3) what about the picture part? Is it part of the comprehension and what one needs to know.
4) Dos and donts of exam.
5) to acquire a B1 certificate how should I reply to the questions.
6) is preparation time given for oral exam.

Thanking you in advance for your help.
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Re: Fide Exam

Hi, I will soon be giving the Fide exam for b1 (oral exam).I would like to know if anyone has given the test recently and what kind of questions are asked in the test.
1) one needs to present themself.
2) I know there is a listening part. Will there be questions given before hand. One needs to write the answer or to be answered orally.
3) what about the picture part? Is it part of the comprehension and what one needs to know.
4) Dos and donts of exam.
5) to acquire a B1 certificate how should I reply to the questions.
6) is preparation time given for oral exam.

Thanking you in advance for your help.
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Re: Fide Exam

Hi Andurani,



I hope your exam was fine. Could you just tell us a little bit about the test, and how it works.

How many persons are with you? Experts and/or other "testpersons"? What questions did they ask?

Do you have any tips for preparation? Is there a book or any material?


Thank you so much and I hope you find the time to answer my questions. Would be helpfull for us ;-)


Regine
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Re: Fide Exam

Hi all,

I had my fide exam today for German B1. It had 3 parts to it:

1) Speaking
2) Listening
3) Writing

Speaking part: 15-20 min. Two examiners, one of whom will be your speaking partner while the other evaluates you.

They began with an outline of what would happen. In the first half, they would start the conversation at A2 level and depending on how it goes, for the second half, they would go down to A1 level (if you're having difficulty) or up to B1 level (if you're doing well).

She showed me just a picture of what seemed like a girl with a bike that broke and was on the phone. She asked me what I saw and explain the situation. She asked who the girl would be talking to. Your answer is important here because it will determine the rest of the conversation. Then she role played as the other person on the phone and spoke for 5 min.

Once finished, the examiner and her discussed and told me they were going to B1 level. At this point she asked me to choose one of two topics: 1) Post or 2) Health. I chose Post and she asked me several questions about my experiences at the Post Office, like sending letters, buying stamps, paying bills etc. Was easy. Then came the toughest question: Imagine the post office 20 years from now and explain how things would be different. At this point, I knew my future tenses are all over the place but I managed some how with short sentences. I was done.

Listening Part 15-20 min One examiner plays audio from the computer and you have to answer multiple choice questions. There are 5 such questions. Then the next part, there are 5 fill-in-the-blanks questions. Again, audio is placed but this time you have to complete the sentence by filling the blanks. I did OK, but some of the audio questions had people with a bit of Swiss German accent, which made it difficult for me.

Writing Part This is for one hour. I was given the A2/B1 test and the rector told us that if it is too difficult, I can switch to A1/A2. I decide to brave it. In total it had 3 letters (2 formel and 1 informel). It also had reading comprehension, where you have to read a large passage and choose the correct answer. Be careful here because the options are too close to each other. The last exercise was to look at various advertisements and then answer a question for each of them.

Overall, I think it went well. Fingers crossed!

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Re: Fide Exam

Thanks for the very useful information. What were the subjects for the writing part when writing the letters/email? Thank you I am trying to prepare now.
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