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Russian literacy test in Canada

Where to test own skills?

On April 13, 2019, five Canadian cities will participate in a Russian educational project called Total Dictation.

Along with Toronto and Montreal where this project has been fulfilled annually by volunteers and Russian language teachers for several years, it will be possible to test Russian literacy skills in Vancouver and Ottawa. According to the official website of the Total Dictation Foundation, as of April 10, 67 people across Canada have already registered to write the paper. Edmonton is also marked among the organizers of the test in the country, although any information about a venue or number of registered participants is lacking. However, the other option to take part in this educational project is to do everything online.

“Anyone, regardless of age, sex, education, religion, profession, marital status, interests and political views, can participate in the Total Dictation.”

The main organizer of the literacy skills’ test is the Total Dictation Foundation from Novosibirsk, Russia. Tests are held annually, with texts being prepared by modern Russian writers specifically for these purposes. The goal is to promote Russian language learning and literacy among Russian speakers.

Participation in the dictation is voluntary and anonymous. Results will be posted on the foundation’s website and will be visible only for the registered participants. In 2018, 227,325 people from 76 countries wrote the test. In total, 3,243 facilities offered the dictation in 1,021 cities.

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