TRKI: the basics

How do I sign up for the TRKI?
Enrolment will open early in 2019. Sign up to our mailing list to be updated. 
What is the TRKI?
TRKI is the official Russian test of Russian as a foreign language, and we think it is the best Russian exam for adults currently available. It offers a more adult-oriented syllabus, is available at more different levels, and is in many respects a more demanding test of all the skills required to use a foreign language properly than some of the other exams available (for example, GCSE and AS levels). It is similar to DELF in French, or TOEFL and Cambridge ESOL in English.
Why take the TRKI?
Preparing for an exam is a sure-fire way to motivate yourself to study, and to focus your language-learning. It also gives you a great way to assess how far you have progressed and gives you something concrete to work towards.

A TRKI qualification is an impressive addition to your CV – but even if that isn’t a concern for you, it is tremendously satisfying to have concrete proof of your proficiency.

At RLC the TRKI exam is run in conjunction with St Petersburg State University, and corresponds to a common European standard for language learning (called the Common European Framework of Reference for Foreign Languages, or CEFR), so is recognised throughout Europe.
Why take the TRKI at RLC?
As far as we are aware, we are the only UK testing centre which offers the TRKI exams to both internal and external candidates.

We offer a face-to-face assessment for all external candidates with a Senior Tutor to determine which level of the exam is appropriate, and to recommend areas of revision or further study.

Internal candidates will be advised by their current teachers, in conjunction with our Senior Tutor if necessary, on levels, revision, and further study.

In the months before the tests RLC runs a series of preparation classes for the lower levels, as well as mock tests at all levels. We are also able to recommend textbooks and other materials that are particularly useful in preparing for the test.
TRKI Syllabus
A syllabus and word list is published in Russian for each of the TRKI levels by Zlatoust Publishers in St Petersburg.

To request an RLC TRKI student pack with information in English on syllabus and vocabulary required for each of the lower three levels, please click here. On signing up for the exam you will be issued with a more comprehensive TRKI Preparation Pack, including past papers and detailed syllabus.
Test description
The test comprises five ‘subtests’: (1) Grammar and Vocabulary; (2) Reading; (3) Writing; (4) Listening; (5) Speaking. Depending on the level, each subtest lasts between 30 minutes and 1½ hours.

Test dates
This year the tests are being held at Pushkin House on 6th/7th July 2019 . Depending on your level, you will take your written tests on one day and your speaking test on the other day. The precise timetable will be finalised when registration has closed at the end of May 2019.
Test Prices
Prices for 2019 are as follows:

Early Enrolment Discount
(pay by 30th April)

Full Fee
(pay by 31st May)

Elementary, Basic, 1st Certificate £225 incl. VAT* £276 incl. VAT
2nd, 3rd, 4th Certificate £255 incl. VAT £306 incl. VAT

* Please note that prices are quoted inclusive of VAT for privately-funded students only. If your exam fees are being paid for by your employer, VAT will be added to the above prices.
Results are normally provided within one month of the exams, and a certificate is awarded to successful candidates within two months. 

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One thing I really like about learning at RLC is that the whole experience is about Russian language and culture.
The course book produced by the RLC makes learning Russian really interesting, and gives a student plenty of opportunity to practice reading, writing and speaking skills.
My teacher also has a very engaging and supportive style and is very passionate and enthusiastic about the Russian language and its culture.
Our diverse and stimulating daytime group receives high quality, engaging tuition which matches our interests and needs.
I'm just finishing my first term and feel really inspired and enthusiastic about continuing.
Our tutor Dmitri Antonov has been an excellent guide to the complexities of the language.
The RLC appealed to me due to its central location and wide range of day and evening classes.
The quality of teaching and course material at the Centre is exceptional.
The use of different teachers also offers different accents, voices and opinions so that one's ears become more attuned to the patterns and rhythms essential to understanding what to me at least is a new language.
I've stuck at it, and my class goers have become friends as well as fellow students. We struggle through our grammar together!
Familiarity leads to greater confidence, which has also been bolstered by our excellent and extraordinarily patient teacher!
The class was young professional people and it was fun but learning was serious and the teacher maintained a strong pace.
After careful research on the internet, RLC seemed the most impressive of the options available. And what a good choice it was.
RLC at Pushkin House means there is a cultural aspect to your learning as it is in the Russian cultural centre of London so I could attend political talks or music recitals and meet others interested in Russian language and culture.
I do definitely recommend RLC. Classes are intense and demanding, but also a good fun, something really important when taking evening lessons after work.
What made me actually enrol was the relaxed, friendly, yet efficient meeting with the course director to establish my level of knowledge.
So when I learned that all the teachers at the Russian Language Centre were Russian I felt confident that I would be in good hands not only learning to speak Russian but also understanding it.
The people in my group are friendly and supportive of each other which is also important as it creates an atmosphere of shared learning.
I joined a group and, unlike large language schools, the groups are small and everyone has plenty of time to practice the language with the teacher's input.
If you are interested in learning Russian, whether as a beginner or someone who might have studied a little before, the RLC is the place to do it.
I chose the RLC after looking at several schools because I liked the flexibility of the courses, and the possibility of having one-to-one tuition, which is the option I took.
The centre has its own set of course books that I've found very effective in helping me to learn.
My teacher also has a very engaging and supportive style and is very passionate and enthusiastic about the Russian language and its culture.
One of the things I most enjoy about the course is that we can now tailor the lessons to meet our various interests.
I would recommend the RLC both for its focus on rigorous learning of the grammar (which is essential to make any real progress in Russian) and then at a later stage for its flexibility in allowing students to pursue their own interests.
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From the beginning, the teachers have been motivational and invested in their students' success, giving them confidence to improve. What began as a spontaneous decision to try something new slowly became a serious hobby and then a passion.
I would recommend RLC to anyone wanting to begin learning or improve their Russian language skills.  It's an inclusive and friendly environment.
The course is very practically based and combines grammar and themes which build on the grammar with further vocabulary; for example, travel and directions, conversation about families, the weather, shopping, ordering in a restaurant and much more!
Having completed four terms, I am now having a break from studying, but may return after another few weeks travelling in Russia, for which I am even better equipped than before.
I was pleased to pass my first exams last summer as did the other two of my classmates who took the exam.  I would strongly recommend the school to other potential students.
After less than a year I was able to attend Euro 2012 in Ukraine with a friend and manage my way around without having to resort to English - and more recently, I was able to give half my wedding speech in Russian which went down very well with the in-laws!
After two years people have come and gone from the group but the core few along with our tutor have all become good friends, usually finishing each term with a visit to a Russian restaurant to toast our progress!
I am soon to visit Russia for the first time to take extra lessons and try out my linguistic abilities on the locals! This would not have been possible had it not been for the progress I am making at the RLC.