Monday, December 9, 2019

Czech Life and Institutions Exam

I've decided to apply for Czech citizenship.  Both Czech Republic and the USA allow for dual citizenship so I'll be able to have two passports.  There are a number of requirements in order to apply as a single non-EU citizen.   

  1. I have permanent residency in Czech Republic.
  2. I have lived here for at least 10 years.  Five years must be after having received permanent residency.
  3. I will have to pass a Czech language test at the B1 level according to the CEFR.
  4. I have to pass the Czech Life and Institutions exam known as the české reálie.
  5. Plus a whole lot of paperwork.
I've pulled the trigger and my citizenship test is scheduled for 25 April.  So here's a bit about the exam.

The Czech Life and Institutions Exam is a 30 question multiple choice exam and it is entirely in Czech.  Each question has four possible answers with only one correct answer.  The exam takes 30 minutes and it costs 1600 Kč ($70).  In order to pass you have to score at least 60% by answering at least 18 questions correctly.

Results are available 30 days later with a certificate issued within seven weeks of passing.  If you fail the exam you can just retake it.  There is no limit to the number of times that the test can be retaken.

The Ministry of the Interior has a database of 300 test questions broken down in to 30 different sections.  The 30 exam questions will come from the 300 sample questions.  There will be 16 questions about life and institutions, 7 questions about basic Czech geographical information, and 7 questions about basic historical and cultural information.

Here are the 300 sample questions, broken down by the 30 different areas, in English so you have an idea of the types of things a potential Czech citizen is required to know.  

Basic Civics
Section 02:  Transportation   
Section 04:  Education
Section 05:  Political System
Section 08:  Elections
Section 10:  Civil Law
Section 11:  Family Law
Section 13:  Tax System
Section 14:  Social Security
Section 15:  Employment
Section 16:  Business

Basic Geographic Information
Section 18:  Nature and Landscape
Section 19:  Regions and Places

Basic Historical and Cultural Information
Section 24:  Medieval
Section 25:  New Age

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