Only take the test when you feel you are ready and you are confident that you have the required level. You can take our free placement test here: Placement test
A little preparation is key, as the format (based on scenarios) is unusual. A few lessons by experienced FIDE language teachers will take the edge of the unknown off and you will feel more prepared and relaxed.
Do not be afraid to fail. The test is very “general” and you will receive your results indicating your level (A1-A2 or B1).If your language passport does not indicate the level required by the authorities to renew your permit or get a new (higher) one, you can take it again. You can take it as many times as necessary (but the exam fees need to be paid each time).
Do take both modules (oral and written) – what do you have to lose?
If you have a medical condition or disability, send your medical certificate to the institution you will be taking the test with well in advance: it will be sent immediately to Bern so that adapted measures are taken during the exam.
Make sure all the info you submit when you register for the exam is accurate as this will be used in the creation of your passport.
If you have a deadline given by the authorities by when you need to have done the exam, but you find no place to take the test before this date, you can always ask for either a registration or a participation certificate that most authorities will accept until receipt of a final passport.