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The new rules for applying for the Polish language certificate

In November this year, the amendment of the Polish Language Act, which will introduce a number of changes favourable for foreigners, will enter into force.

Thanks to those changes, the availability of exams will increase, as they will be organised by both Polish universities and universities abroad, which offer Polish studies and have authorities granted by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, as well as other organisations that teach Polish. So far, only the State Commission for the Certification of Proficiency in Polish as a Foreign Language is responsible for conducting exams and issuing certificates. Pursuant to the new regulations, the Commission will now support the Minister of Science and Higher Education in granting authorisations to conduct the exam, by giving its opinion on the applications submitted by institutions/organisations. The Commission will also supervise the correctness of obtaining certificates: it will prepare examination the sets of exam questions and will be able to visit the centres during the exam. 

Moreover, the language proficiency system will be changed and adjusted to the standards of the Council of Europe. It will be possible to obtain the certificate at 6 levels of proficiency: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2, in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (before, certificate exams were conducted only at three levels of language proficiency: B1, B2 and C2). Thanks to it, demonstration of the knowledge of the Polish language at specific level will be useful at work or in education of foreigners in Poland.

The exams also expand the group of persons exempted from the exam. This group includes graduates of higher education institutions who completed studies in the Polish language, as well as students who completed Polish lower or upper secondary school.

In accordance with the assumptions, the objective of the amendment is to create a friendly certification system, where the distance between the student and the examiner is reduced. The shorter time of waiting for the verification of language proficiency is also of key importance.

The text of the amended Polish Language Act is available in the Journal of Laws.

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