If you are in the process of taking Prøve i Dansk 3, then this article will be of help! I will divide the content as follows:
- Written exam structure
- Online resources
Please note that below feedback is based on my personal experience of the exam taken in May 2018. If you feel like sharing your own feedback about your experience in learning Danish in Denmark, you are very welcome to contact me. I will gladly feature you on the blog!
NB: I will be using the abbreviation PD3 for “Prøve i Dansk 3”.
The last 2 months before taking the written exam will be important for you, as their is a strong focus on the technique. As written in my previous post about Prøve i Dansk 3 Exam review, here is the structure to expect.
The exam is in 3 parts which are as follows:
– Part 1 (25 min): Reading exercise where you have a booklet and need to answer questions relating to sections of the booklet
– Part 2 (65 min): Reading exercises where you are given 2 texts with questions to answers (multiple choice). You are also given a fill in the blank text
– Part 3 (2h30): You have the written assignment where you get an e-mail and have to write a response. The other section is the heaviest one, with a choice between describing statistics or argumentation. Dictionaries are allowed in this part.
Throughout all the various tests we have done pre-PD3, I think this part has always been the easiest. You have 25min to do it, but usually, you can have it done without rush in 20 min, giving you an extra 5 min to proofread.
Usually you have a list of 15 questions where you need to provide an answer that can be found in a given booklet. The most important with this exercise is not to read all the booklet, but to scheme it. Personally I like this exercise, even though it doesn’t weigh a lot in the overall grading.
For the first part of this exercise, you are given two texts with questions for each. I always thought this part can be a bit tricky because you need to think a bit out of the box to find the right answer. It is not always an obvious choice from the multiple choices given. The allocated time is sufficient for this exercise, so do not stress and give yourself time to read the texts twice.
Moving onto the second part of this exercise, you will have a fill in the blank text with one correct answer out of 4 possibilities. There are usually 8-10 words to fill in. Chances are that you will know all the words (by having trained a lot before 🙂 ). In case you don’t, see what makes sense. If it still doesn’t make sense and you hesitate, work it by elimination. For this year’s exam, I actually got stuck with two words and wasted a precious 5 min overthinking it. I decided to move on to the next words and got back to it later, which then gave me clarity.
I think 65 min is sufficient for this part 2 and you should be able to finish before the deadline.
The last part of PD3 written exam is the most strategic of all. It obviously handles about how good can you write (grammar, variety of words, expressions, overall flow). But it really is also about structure and technique, which you should train a lot at school. We had a very consistent training at Studieskolen, where I studied. The last 12 weeks before the written exam, we had to handover 8 written assignments for part 3.
Part 3 (2h30): You have the written assignment where you get an e-mail and have to write a response.
The other section is the heaviest one, with a choice between describing statistics or argumentation. Dictionaries are allowed in this part.
Online resources to practice
Please note some resources are in Danish and I have not translated them. I got them from my school and other resources online. If you have other links/documents that you think can be useful for others, do not hesitate to get in touch. I will gladly add them to this post and give you credit for it 🙂
Overview of all Prøve i Dansk 3 themes since 2004
For info, the first table of the document relates to part 1 & 2 of the exam structure. The second table relates to part 3.
Download the pdf
Statistics – Expressions
Great document to help you prepare better the statistics part (in case you decide to write about it) – This is for part 3
Download the pdf
I can recommend this link from Bab.la, as it helped me to get more vocabulary/structured expressions when writting e-mails (for the part 3).
The official website from the Minister
Very useful as they post the official exam dates, some material as well. All the legal documentation is there and in Danish for us all to practice 🙂
Check out the website.