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Old 02.03.2016, 17:48
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Naturalization in Canton Zurich

I've applied for ordinary naturalization in Canton Zurich. As part of this I'll have to do a German test and Staatskunde (knowledge of Switzerland?) test at a local school.
If anyone has already done these, it would be great if you could let me know what's involved in both of these.
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Naturalization in Canton Zurich

Hi Camupa

We did the German test (KDE - Kantonaler Deutschtest im Einbürgerungsverfahren) as part of the ordinary naturalisation process in Stadt Zürich. It was very straightforward and set up to make sure you can survive everyday life. i.e. not looking for perfect grammar or to trip you up, but rather making sure you can function in everyday situations such as make a doctor's appointment, understand directions, read local event schedules, introduce yourself, and participate in a discussion on a topic familiar to you.

The level officially required is B1 speaking/listening and A2 reading/writing, if I remember right. The listening and reading parts were multiple choice, but I have no idea if that's a standard format for all test centres or not. One of the four listening exercises was Swiss German, the other three high German. For the spoken discussion it was left up to the candidate to choose if they preferred Swiss or high German.

We didn't have to do a Staatskunde exam in Zürich city, so I can't comment on that. Instead we had a face to face interview where they asked one or two knowledge questions in a roundabout way, but it was essentially a very congenial chat about who we are and why we wanted to become Swiss.

Previously I remember finding somewhere on the forum (or maybe it was Google?!) where someone had kindly posted a link or copy of a test from one of the smaller gemeindes (Birmensdorf rings a bell maybe?). Maybe have a search and you might get an idea of what such a test involves.

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Re: Naturalization in Canton Zurich (tests)

Thanks for the information. I didn't realize that part would be in Swiss German. I just hope the dialect is an easy one, not like Walliser...
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Thanks for the information. I didn't realize that part would be in Swiss German. I just hope the dialect is an easy one, not like Walliser...
It was only one of the four (short and very basic) listening questions that was in Swiss German, so really nothing to worry about (and since I managed to understand it, it was most likely Zürideutsch ). If you really don't understand it, it is only 1 point lost (out of a total of 50), and since it is multiple choice you anyway have a 25% chance of getting it right

From the guidelines found here the passmark is 60%. The test is split into two parts:
1. listening/reading/writing - done in a classic school exam conditions group setting.
2. speaking - done on an individual basis, or as it was in my case, two candidates at once.
You have to score 60% in both parts. The spoken part has a higher weighting, however, carrying a larger portion of the 50 points available.
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Did you get three booklets to read and one with sample questions? If so, just learn them by heart and you'll be fine. Including the years and numbers in the Canton/Gemeinde part! They realy do check that.
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Re: Naturalization in Canton Zurich

Hopefully I might survive a basic question... My high German is ok but I'm just starting to learn Swiss German. Sometimes I understand and other times it's totally incomprehensible!


I only got one booklet (Echo) and no sample questions. I found an Aargau test online (http://www.einbuergerungstest-aargau.ch/). Hopefully the Zürich one is similar.
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