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Frequently Asked Questions

On this page you'll find answers to questions about studying with LÓA Language School.

Do you have a question which isn't covered on this page? Email us at admin@loalanguageschool.com

Which level of Icelandic is right for me?

Under Course Details you will find detailed information about the curricula, structure, requirements and more for each level, which may be of help to you.

You can also take a look at the next question, which includes information about our Placement Exam, the outcome of which determines your level quite decisively, and is free for all to take.

But let's start here!

Íslenska 1

Should I start at level 1?

You are probably pretty sure whether you are a total beginner or not so that one is out of the way. Even if you've had some exposure to the language you should start with our Íslenska 1 course if you don't have a firm base in the formal grammar and vocabulary yet.

Check out our Íslenska 1 page and Course Details for more information.

Íslenska 2

Am I ready for level 2?

Level 2 is perfect for you if

  • you are sure you're definitely not a total beginner
  • you have a useful, though limited, vocabulary for everyday activities, yet...
  • your grammar is still a little sketchy, and
  • you're not really talking that much.

Do any of these apply to you? Then Íslenska 2 is probably your level. The Íslenska 2 page will offer further insights, as will the aforementioned Course Details page.

What is the Placement Exam?

At LÓA we want to make sure you are studying at the correct level, as it doesn't do anyone any good if you are either struggling through or breezing by.

Your level can be determined decisively in one of two ways: through our Placement Exam or our End of Course Exam.

Placement Exam

Anyone can take the placement exam to find out which level of Icelandic they are at. It is ideal for those who have never studied Icelandic before, as well as anyone who has had exposure to Icelandic through living in Iceland or taking Icelandic courses, but is unsure about their actual level of study.

If you are unsure, we encourage you to take the test before you decide on your course of study.

The placement exam is free of charge and open to all. Click the link below to take the exam.

What is the End of Course Exam?

At LÓA we want to make sure you are studying at the correct level, as it doesn't do anyone any good if you are either struggling through or breezing by.

Your level can be determined decisively in one of two ways: through our Placement Exam or our End of Course Exam.

End of Course Exam

In order to get a certificate or diploma from LÓA Language School, you need to sit a written and oral exam.

The exam comprises grammar and vocabulary elements covered in the course. It is included in the course package, and will be made available to you at the end of the course.

Those who receive a score of 75% or more will be awarded the LÓA Language School Certificate of Completion, marking their success!

What is the LÓA Certificate of Completion?

The LÓA Language School Certificate of Completion confirms that the student has taken a particular course, and has passed the End of Course Exam with a score of 75% minimum.  

The exam is entirely optional, but only those who take it will be eligible to receive the certificate of completion

Permanent residency applicants

Students applying for permanent residency and need confirmation of Icelandic language study hours accumulated get the certificate the same way - by taking the End of Course Exam.

Click here for information about permanent residence permit requirements on the Directorate of Immigration website.

What are the basic requirements for studying at LÓA?

LÓA's basic requirements are based on the contents of the courses, as well as the parameters laid out in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The Course Details page provides detailed information about the requirements for each level, along with other helpful information about our courses.

When do the courses start?

All of LÓA’s courses are independent study courses - you decide exactly when to start, when to study, and when the course ends!

You gain access to your course immediately upon purchase, and can start right then and there!

How long do the courses take?

All of LÓA’s courses are independent study courses, which means that you are in charge and decide how long your course takes!

After buying a course you have 12 months to complete lessons. The same amount are normally covered in 5-6 weeks in a class setting.

You can spread the course out over the 12 months or rush through, it's your choice, but we hope you take your time, and enjoy.

What can you tell me about the study portal and my access to it?

After buying a course you have 12 months to complete it.

On the LÓA Language School study portal you will find the following:

  • Short video & audio lectures
  • Listening comprehension exercises
  • Exercise booklets with solutions (PDF/ printable)
  • Multiple choice exercises
  • Fill-in-the-blanks exercises
  • Quizzes

The video on our home page gives you an insight into how the courses are structured.

FYI: The courses cover roughly what is normally covered in 5-6 weeks in a class room setting.

Do LÓA course hours contribute towards the requirements for permanent residency?

Yes, they do! 

Certificates issued by LÓA Language School, demonstrating Icelandic study hours accumulated, are valid for submission for permanent residency with the Directorate of Immigration.

Certificates are only issued to students who take the End of Course exam, which is included in the course price and offered at the end of each course.

LÓA Language School received accreditation from the Icelandic Directorate of Education (Menntamálastofnun) in November 2021.

Tell me about your return policy.

Contact us within 7 days of purchase and we will reimburse you the price of the course.