First certification level (TORFL-1)
The certificate of this level is required for admission for a Russian higher education institution with compulsory further study of the Russian language as stated by applicable education standards. In such cases an applicant shall do an additional test block with regard to his/her occupational orientation along with this examination as such.
It is assumed that achievement of the Russian proficiency at the First Certification Level requires 160-180 class hours on the basis of a basic level proficiency.
By learning from scratch it requires 440-460 hours approximately. It should be noted that the number of hours specified is only an estimate and can vary in a wide range, depending on study conditions, selected occupational orientation and individual possibilities of a student.
Second certification level (TORFL-2)
Successful completion of testing at this Russian proficiency level attests the high level of communicative competency in all communication spheres. Achievement of this level enables to carry out professional activities in Russian as a specialist in the human, engineering and technical, natural-science fields.