Bulgarian language exam

Bulgarian language exam for Bulgarian citizenship

Last Updated on November 11, 2023 by Bulgarian Citizenship Team

To qualify for Bulgarian citizenship by investment, you have to:

  1. Pass a Bulgarian language exam.
  2. Maintain the investment for 5 years.
  3. Maintain permanent residency status for 5 years.

The Bulgarian language proficiency examinations, a part of the Bulgarian citizenship application process, are administered by the Center for Evaluation in Pre-school and School Education. The examination consists of a 20-question test and is conducted within a one-hour time frame. To pass, a candidate must correctly answer at least 12 of the test questions. The test primarily focuses on significant aspects of Bulgarian history, geography, and culture.

It’s important to note that preparing for this language test also serves as valuable preparation for the subsequent citizenship interview, which is conducted by the Ministry of Justice when submitting the citizenship application.

These examinations are held every month. Those who fail the exam can reapply no earlier than 3 months after their previous attempt.

Weren’t investors allowed to skip the language requirements?

Prior to the amendments to the citizenship act on March 12, 2021, bond investors seeking Bulgarian citizenship by investment were exempt from the requirement to pass a Bulgarian language test. However, the amendments discontinued the bond program and introduced the Bulgarian Golden Visa program, which involves investing in a Bulgarian AIF (Alternative Investment Fund). These amendments also introduced the language requirement for all citizenship applicants, with certain exemptions applicable.


Exemptions from the Bulgarian language exam are granted if you have completed language training in Bulgarian from an authorized institution or if you apply based on Bulgarian origin.

Sample tests with answers are available for practice.

Sample Exam 1

Sample Exam 2

Sample Exam 3

How to schedule a Bulgarian language exam:

You can simply reach out to our team, and we’ll take care of booking the exam for you. Furthermore, our team can offer valuable insights regarding exam preparation and potential exemptions.

Location of the exam:

Candidates are required to present themselves on the day of the exam at the National STEM Center entrance, situated at 21A Dragan Tsankov Blvd. Please remember to bring your identification document with you.

For candidates residing abroad:

If you live outside Bulgaria, the exam can also be administered at the respective Bulgarian diplomatic or consular representation.

Can you assist with the Bulgarian language exam?

Certainly, we can provide assistance with the Bulgarian language exam required for obtaining Bulgarian citizenship. Our team offers a range of strategies, preparation materials, and practical advice designed to significantly enhance your prospects of passing the exam on your first attempt.

Should you require assistance in verifying your language proficiency, please feel free to contact our team.