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Testing of Russian as a Foreign Language

TORFL (Testing of Russian as a Foreign Language) is an internationally accredited test of proficiency in Russian. It is established as a part of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) and is accepted world-wide as a proof of one’s knowledge and linguistic skills in the Russian language.

The LSE Language Centre, working in partnership with the State University of St Petersburg, is the only accredited Centre in the UK.

The TORFL System

Currently the TORFL system consists of six levels of proficiency that correspond to the framework of the European Language Council (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2). Each comprises five modules testing linguistic skills in speaking, listening, reading, grammar and vocabulary, and writing. A pass grade in the test for each level requires a minimum score of 66% for each module (within this overall percentage a minimum of 60% is permitted in one of the component modules).

TORFL Examinations are open to external candidates during examination sessions normally held during the second week of March each year.

Fees and Booking

Follow the links below to our online shop to see current prices and to book a test place. The tests will take place on TBC for 2017.

  • The closing date for booking a test place is TBC for 2017.
  • On booking a test place you will be emailed a receipt of the purchase and then, soon after the closing date, you will be contacted with specific details.

If you have any questions regarding exact dates for these tests and/or information on specific test content please contact Dr Olga Sobolev by email.