Swedex is a unique, international certificate test in Swedish as a foreign language. It is available in Sweden and in a number of countries outside of Sweden.The Swedex tests are available at four levels, A2, B1, B2 and C1 according to the The Council of Europe's CEFR levels.
What is Swedex?
The test is for everyone that does not have Swedish as their mothertongue and it is based on the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Swedex is available in two versions: an A2B1 test and a B2C1 test. Depending on the test results and assessment, you can receive a Swedex certificate from A1 up to C1 level. The test can be taken irrespective of how you have learnt Swedish.
Why should I take Swedex?
Swedex tests knowledge within all the language skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing. A Swedex certificate is a valuable document that evidences this proficiency and therefore opens the door both to a fairer assessment when recruiting as well as quality certification within many diverse activities. With this certificate you have evidence of your Swedish abilities to show your employer.
History and development
Swedex was developed in a project within the Socrates programme Lingua 2 and was co-financed by the European Commission. The project was coordinated by International Language Association. It involved experts in English and German laguage testing from ICC, Landesverband der VHS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Uniwersytet Lódzki.
Swedish partners were Folkuniversitetet and the Swedish Institute.
Folkuniversitetet is responsible for developing the Swedex examinations. The first examinations were launched in May 2005. Since 2022, Swedex has been available in a revised format where the exam result shows the level achieved in each languague skill as well as the overall level achieved in the examination.