Language Test

To work in the Danish health care system, you will be required to demonstrate your Danish language proficiency. This means that you must be able to understand, speak, read and write Danish on a certain level.

Danish 3 Exam

To prove your Danish language skills, you are required to pass the "Prøve i dansk 3" (Danish 3 Exam) language test. This test consists of both a written and an oral component, evaluating your reading comprehension, written communication, and oral communication. To pass, you must achieve a minimum score of 10 in the oral communication test and a minimum score of 7 in each of the reading comprehension and written communication tests.

The Danish exam is available at various language centers throughout Denmark. It is held twice a year, in May/June and November/December. To find out where you can take Danish classes and sit for the exam, please contact your municipality.

You can pass the Danish exam before submitting your application and providing documentation of your formal qualifications. However, your exam results must be less than 12 months old at the time of applying for authorization, unless you can demonstrate that you have continuously resided in Denmark since passing the language test.

Other Options

You are exempt from taking the aforementioned language test if:

  • You have already passed the Danish 3 Exam and obtained the minimum scores within the 12 months prior to the approval of your qualifications.
  • You have resided in Denmark since passing the exam and obtaining the minimum scores.
  • You have completed a Danish upper secondary education.
  • You have completed and passed one of the following exams, and obtained a diploma:
    • Higher Preparatory Examination (enkeltfag) in oral and written Danish or Danish as a second language, with a minimum score of 02 (on the 7-point grading scale) or 6 (on the 13-point grading scale) at A-level within STX, HF, HHX, and EUX (equivalent to upper secondary education).
    • GIF (Gymnasiale indslusningsforløb for flygtninge og indvandrere) (A-level) in oral and written Danish, with a minimum score of 02 (on the 7-point grading scale) or 6 (on the 13-point grading scale).
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) in Danish (A-level), with a minimum score of 02 (on the 7-point grading scale) or 6 (on the 13-point grading scale) in both oral and written Danish.
    • Further education in Denmark at universities, business schools, nursing schools, etc., as long as the training programs were conducted in Danish.
    • Studieprøven from language centers (until 2002, known as Danskprøve 2).
    • Danskprøve 3 from Studieskolen in Copenhagen, and previously from Studieskolen in Odense and Aarhus Kommunes Sprogcenter. Note that Danskprøve 3 is different from Danish Exam 3 and is more advanced than Studieprøven.

Documenting of Language Skills

You must submit documentation of your Danish language skills to the Danish Patient Safety Authority by post, either as a certified copy or in its original form. Alternatively, you can personally submit your documentation at the reception desk of the Danish Patient Safety Authority. For contact information and opening hours, please refer to the Contact page.


Your original diploma or documentation will be returned to you via registered mail.

Please allow up to 14 days after the Danish Patient Safety Authority receives your documentation of Danish language skills before you receive a confirmation email with further instructions on the process.

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