Hungarian Language Proficiency Exams
The next accredited Hungarian language proficiency exams will be held on Saturday,
October 5th of 2019 in Toronto, Ontario (St. Elizabeth R.C. Church, 432 Sheppard Ave E,
North York, ON M2N 3B7). The exam starts at 8 o’clock EST.
The Hungarian Helicon Society, in association with ELTE Origó Nyelvi Centrum (ONyC) of
Budapest, offers the Origó Hungarian language proficiency exams in Toronto. Three of the
four available examinations are accredited by the Hungarian government and make them
officially recognized exams around the world. Upon successful completion of the accredited
exams, the examinee will receive an official transcript indicating the type of exam
Currently, exams are offered at four levels, as listed below. The exams are also rated
according to the European Council’s 6-level scale – these levels are indicated in parentheses
(e.g. B1, B2 etc.)
Junior level* (Level A2): This exam is mainly recommended to kids between ages 10-14
who have learned the Hungarian language for at least 200 hours and are interested in
finding out their knowledge level. This exam assesses how competent the candidate is in
understanding, speaking, reading, writing in Hungarian. More information on the junior level
Alapfok (Level B1) - Threshold User/Foundation: This examination assesses whether the
candidates can meet the basic communication demands of everyday life and whether they
can create and maintain social, cultural and work relationships at a basic level in a
Hungarian language environment. Format: oral exam, written exam, or both taken
together. For examinees aged 14 years or older.
Középfok (Level B2) - Independent User/Intermediate: This examination assesses whether
the candidates can create and maintain complex social, cultural and work relationships
using the appropriate language in a Hungarian language environment. Format: oral exam,
written exam, or both taken together. For examinees aged 14 years or older.
Felsőfok (Level C1) - Competent User/Advanced: This examination assesses whether the
candidates can approximate the linguistic and cultural performance of native speakers in a
Hungarian language environment. The candidates must have a sophisticated vocabulary, a
rich variety of stylistic apparatus and must be familiar with different language registers.
Format: oral exam, written exam, or both taken together. For examinees aged 14 years or
Levels B1, B2, C1 are internationally recognized levels as determined by the Council of Europe.
For detailed information about the exams, visit the ONyC’s website: www.onyc.hu
Hungarian language exams are also offered by the ECL Consortium (European Consortium
for the Certificate of Attainment in Modern Languages) but not yet available in Canada.
Compare the Origó and ECL exam systems.
The Origó exams are also offered in two other examination centres in Canada: Montréal and
Vancouver. More information.
Why take the exam?
There are many reasons why you may wish to obtain proof of your language proficiency,
- To obtain proof of your knowledge of Hungarian - for personal or professional
- To determine the level of your knowledge of Hungarian based on a specific and
internationally recognized scale.
- To indicate on your resume or job application that you have an accredited
certification in Hungarian.
- If you intend to apply for a job in Hungary, your employer may require official proof
of your proficiency in Hungarian.
- If you wish to further your studies in Hungary, proof of your current language
proficiency may be required by the educational institution.
- If you are currently studying Hungarian, these exams can help gauge your current
level and future progress.
- In 2004, Hungary joined the European Union, making Hungarian an officially
recognized language in the E.U. Proving one’s proficiency in Hungarian may prove
useful in other countries in the E.U. for work or study purposes.
|Exam Type||Oral||Written||Complete (Oral + Written)|
|Alapfok - B1||$60.00||$65.00||$125.00|
|Középfok - B2||$75.00||$85.00||$160.00|
|Felsőfok - C1||$80.00||$90.00||$170.00|
Please, send your registration form (attached) and the exam fee (only checks and money
orders are accepted) to the Helicon Society’s mailing address (indicated on the form).
Deadline: August 24th, 2019. (Please, indicate your intention of taking the exam to us by
email, should your registration form not arrive on time by mail).
Should you have any questions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org