The YKI system for National certificates of language proficiency is the Finnish government's official system for language proficiency testing. A YKI certificate can be used for many purposes, such as:
- applying for a job or a university
- applying for Finnish citizenship (certificates in Finnish and Swedish)
- demonstrating your language skills for an employer
National certificates of language proficiency in general
What is a National certificate of language proficiency?
On this page we have gathered frequently asked questions about the YKI examination system.
Registration for YKI tests
You can register for a national language proficiency test by first contacting a test centre to ensure that there is room for you. Read more here.
Examination days and test centres
YKI national language proficiency tests are arranged in multiple locations around Finland. If you wish to take part in a test, you must register with a test centre directly, during an appropriate registration period.
Demonstrating your language proficiency when applying for Finnish citizenship
To acquire citizenship in Finland you need to prove that you have at least a satisfactory written and spoken proficiency in Finnish or Swedish. Read more about demonstrating your language proficiency here.
Learning materials to practice and prepare
Before taking a YKI test, you may practise your skills online. Familiarise yourself with our learning materials here.
Comparability between National language proficiency certificates and Civil serv…
See our tables on this page to learn how the proficiency levels of the National language proficiency certificates match with the skill levels of the Civil service language proficiency certificates.