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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

Q1: How do I know which level of Icelandic is right for me?

Good question! It's not always straight forward, but it doesn't have to be that hard to figure out either.

Below we've provided information on each of our 3 three levels which could also 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 of each level, which may be of help to you.

If the information below isn't exactly what you are looking for, you might want to take a look at our Placement Exam, which is free for all to take, whenever is convenient to you. See also Question 2.

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?

Let's see - 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. Our 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 first intermediate level courses at LÓA*. After getting started, having developed your vocabulary and grammar, with an aim to increase it little by little, you might just be ready to move on to the intermediate level, where you will be pushed (in a good way) 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.

*Íslenska 4 will be available in autumn of 2021

Q2: What other ways are there to determine my level of Icelandic?

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. Question 1 above explains ways to find out by yourself which level is right for you. Your level can also 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 are 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.

Q3: 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).

Click here for detailed information about the requirements for each level, along with other helpful information about our courses.

Q4: 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.

Q5: 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 normal class setting.

Take your time, there is no need to rush – you have plenty of it with our courses!

Q6: 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 the exciting news is that 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.

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!

Q7: Tell me about your return policy.

We will reimburse you the price of the course if you contact us with your request within 7 days of purchase.

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 yourtime

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