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Welcome to Frequently Asked Questions!

On this page you'll find answers to questions about studying with LÓA Language School, as well as some practical study tips.

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

Question 1
How do I know which level of Icelandic is right for me?

There are three ways to determine your level of Icelandic, and those ways are covered by Questions 1 & 2.

Below we've provided information on each of our three levels which could help you determine which level is right for you.

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

If the information below isn't exactly what you are looking for, take a look at Question 2. You might also want to take a look at our Placement Exam. The outcome determines your level quite decisively, and is free for all to take.

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 level 1 page and Course Details (links above) 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 Course Details (links above).

Íslenska 3A / Íslenska 3B

Should I go for Level 3 - the Intermediate level?

Íslenska 3A and Íslenska 3B are the intermediate level courses at LÓA. After having developed your vocabulary and grammar on earlier levels, with an aim to increase it little by little, you might just be ready to move on to the intermediate level. There you will be encouraged to speak Icelandic more often and with more confidence.

On our Íslenska 3A and 3B pages and under Course Details (links above) you will find important information about level 3 which may help you determine if you are familiar enough with the grammar and vocabulary to move on to that level.

Question 2
What other ways are there to determine my level of Icelandic?

There are three ways to determine your level of Icelandic, and those ways are covered by Questions 1 & 2.

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.

Placement Exam / Stöðupróf

End of Course Exam

Upon completing a course you have the option to sit a written and oral exam; the exam is included in the course package. The exam comprises grammar and vocabulary elements covered in the course.

Students who receive a score of 75% or more will be awarded the LÓA Language School Certificate of Completion, marking their success! They are thereby eligible to proceed to the next level at LÓA.

PLEASE NOTE While the course exam is optional, it is necessary to complete it if you plan to progress through LÓA Language School courses.

Question 3
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).

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

Question 4
When does the course start?

All of LÓA’s courses are independent study courses, and therefore start whenever you decide it's time!

Upon buying a course you receive immediate access to it, and can start right away.

You will have full access to your course for 12 months.

Question 5
How long does the course 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 that are normally covered in 10-12 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.

Question 6
Do LÓA course hours contribute to requirements for permanent residency?

LÓA is still a new school and as of yet our courses do not contribute to the hours required by the Icelandic government for permanent residency.

But we're working on it! 

LÓA is currently in the process of becoming one of the educational institutions approved by the government to administer diplomas and exams, which are valid for submission for permanent residency.

This all means that our courses will in the near future contribute to the hours required; do come back here or follow us on social media for updates!

Question 7
Tell me about your return policy.

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

LÓA Language School Study Tips

Organise your studies

  • Make it a rule to study every weekday.
  • Set aside a certain time of day to study, preferably the same time of day, every day. Then you are     less likely to skip a study session.
  • Print out all necessary material before you start the course.
  • Open all assigned materials as you sit down for a lesson.
  • Take notes as you go through the slides. Use a notebook or write directly in your textbook. It will help you remember and it will make revision easier.

Follow the instructions

  • Go through the material as prescribed – there’s always a reason why the lessons are organised as they are.
  • Do all exercises as instructed AND correct them using the answers provided to see how you did.



  • Watch the videos as often as you like, to fully understand the contents.



  • Practice pronunciation by using the audio files.
  • Look at the text in the textbook as you listen to the audio.
  • Read aloud.
  • Make use of the idea of a practice partner (Icelandic friend) as presented and prepared in the study material.
  • In the book there are several examples of questions to ask other people and possible answers to     them. The aim is to be able to have a conversation, so be sure to learn both sides of a conversation – how to ask and how to answer.

Grammar and vocabulary

  • Use the grammar pages at the end of each chapter of the text book. They are all important as you build a solid grammar base and increase you vocabulary.
  • Place emphasis on revising new vocabulary in the texts covered. If revised often it will stick!

Take your time

  • Take your time! You have 12 months to finish the course, so you don't have to rush!