Get Russian-language qualifications with TORFL

The TORFL, or Test of Russian as a Foreign Language, is an official test of Russian language proficiency by St. Petersburg State University. The Russian Language Center in Singapore is the official partner of St. Petersburg State University, offering students of Russian in Singapore the chance to take the TORFL here.

Upcoming Test Dates and Fees

Date: Saturday, 7 November 2020

Deadline for registration: Saturday, 17 October 2020

Fees: 120 SGD

How do I register for the test?

1. sign a contract with Saint Petersburg State University,

2. fill in a registration card, and

3. make payment

What is your level?

The test consists of 6 different levels under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:

Elementary Level (TEL/A1)

Basic Level (TBL/A2)

The 1st Certification Level (TORFL-I/B1)

The 2nd Level Certificate (TORFL-II/В2)

The 3rd Level Certificate (TORFL-III/C1)

The 4th Level Certificate (TORFL-IV/C2)

Upon successfully completing the test, candidates will receive a certificate of proficiency from St. Petersburg State University. Certificates do not have an expiry date and are internationally recognised.

Why would I need TORFL?

The TORFL is the only official qualification of Russian language proficiency according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and is often required for admission to Russian universities, obtaining citizenship in the Russian Federation, and working in Russian companies.

Where will I take the test?

Registered candidates will take the TORFL at the Russian Language Center (RLC) in Singapore, St. Petersburg State University’s official partner in Singapore. The RLC will administer the test, and the oral component will be conducted on Skype with an examiner from St. Petersburg State University. Completed tests will then be sent to St. Petersburg State University for grading; certificates will be sent to the RLC for distribution to candidates within 3 weeks.

How do I prepare for the test?

St. Petersburg State University released preparatory webinars for each level. Click on the links below to view the videos for each level:

A1 Level (in English): 


A2 Level (in English):

Webinar | Presentation

B1 Level (in English):

Webinar | Presentation

B2 Level (in Russian):

Webinar | Presentation

C1 Level (in Russian):

Webinar | Presentation

What happens if I fail the test?

Candidates who do not pass the test will receive an inquiry with results that are valid for 2 years. If candidates fail only one or two subtests, they may retake the two subtests (candidates will still have to pay the full registration fee). If candidates fail more than two subtests, they will have to retake the full test.

What does the test look like?

The test comprises five parts:


This includes a range of oral tasks, depending on the level. They could include providing responses to fixed dialogues, initiating dialogues in prescribed situations, summarising a text, or talking on a prepared topic.


This section consists of multiple-choice questions based on texts (depending on the level, these range from short texts such as adverts to longer pieces like newspaper articles).


This involves a piece of creative writing. At lower levels, this could be a letter or similar assignment, where candidates are given instructions about what information to include; at higher levels this may be a piece of criticism based on another text.


This section consists of multiple-choice questions based on recorded extracts. At higher levels, these are sometimes videos rather than audio tracks.

Grammar and Vocabulary

This section consists of multiple-choice questions where candidates need to select the right word, ending, etc.


Depending on the level, each subtest lasts between 30 minutes and 1.5 hours. Total duration can be anywhere from 3.5 to 4.5 hours. To receive the certificate corresponding to the level that you have chosen, you must obtain a score of 66% or more in every section.

Click “Register” if you know your level and want to register.  Click “Get more info” or send us a message to WhatsApp +65 92952541  if you wish to receive any additional information or to find out what your level is.