Learn more about Swedex' examination regulations.
Governing body for the examination
Swedex is a set of examinations in Swedish as a foreign language at levels A2, B1 and B2 in accordance with the Council of Europe' Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). These examinations are independent of courses. Swedex was developed in a Lingua 2 project that was concluded on 31 December 2003. The project was coordinated by ICC - The International Language Association. Partners in the project were Folkuniversitetet and the Swedish Institute in Sweden, the University of Łódź in Poland and “die Volkshochschul-Landesverbände” in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Niedersachsen in Germany.
Specifications, examination formats and mock examinations were developed in the project. ICC holds the copyright for all the project partners and Folkuniversitetet has the right of use. Folkuniversitetet’s field of responsibility includes the construction and trial of new exams, the administration of examinations, concluding licence agreements with local examination centres, attending to the dispatch of examination material, determination of results, issuing of the certificates and the handling of Swedex website, http://www.swedex.info.
The examination comprises different papers at all levels:
1. Reading comprehension
2. Listening comprehension
3. Vocabulary and grammar (only on level A2 and B1)
4. Written production
5. Oral production
Papers 1–4 are held in groups. The oral examination for level A2 is held in the form of an individual examination while the oral examination for level B1 and B2 is held in pairs. The examination format and descriptions of the individual papers are published within the specifications for Swedex (see http://www.swedex.info).
Only institutions that are licensed to administer Swedex may hold the examinations. The requirements that an institution must meet in order to function as an examination centre are described in Guidelines for the Conduct of Swedex.
Exam production and determination of results
The examination material is constructed centrally by Folkuniversitetet and the examinations are held by the examination centres that have been licensed by Swedex. These examination regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Swedex are legally binding for the conduct of examinations.
Examination centres for Swedex are free to choose a date for the examination.
Admission to the examination
Persons with a knowledge of Swedish equivalent to level A2, B1 or B2 respectively, in accordance with the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, who are at least 14 years of age and do not have Swedish as their mother tongue, may take Swedex. Persons not yet 14 years of age but with special reasons may apply to Swedex to participate in the examination.
Entry for the examination
Applications for Swedex are sent to the local examination centre. Entries of individual candidates for the examination must reach Swedex no later than one week before the day of the examination. The closing date of entry at the local examination centre is decided by the centre. Entry dates must be respected.
The examination material is the property of Folkuniversitetet and Swedex and are protected by copyright. Duplication is prohibited. Neither may they in any event be used for information or practice.
Exclusion from examination
Anyone who infringes the examination regulations, cheats, use prohibited material or helps other examination candidates will be excluded from the examination. In such cases the papers will not be assessed. If it is shown subsequently that there is cause for exclusion, Swedex has the right to assess the paper as a “fail”. Before a decision on exclusion is made, the views of the candidate(s) concerned must be heard.
Candidates who do not complete the examination must take the whole examination again and cannot reclaim the entry fee. If a candidate withdraws from the examination because of illness, this must be shown by a medical certificate, submitted to the examination centre no later than one week after the examination. In these cases the entry fee paid can be transferred and be valid for the next examination occasion.
Assessment and results
The reading comprehension, listening comprehension and vocabulary & grammar papers on level A2 and B1 are awarded points based on the number of correct answers. Assessment of the written and oral examinations is made in accordance with established criteria.
On level A2 and B1 the points for the reading comprehension, listening comprehension and vocabulary & grammar papers are added together. Poorer results in one of these parts can be compensated by better results in another. The pass mark is 60%. This must be achieved in both the written and the oral parts.
A combined final assessment is made according the following scale: Fail, Pass, Pass with credit, Distinction.
On level B2 the examination contains four different parts – listening comprehension, reading comprehension, oral examination and written examination. On each part the participant can achieve the levels Pass, Minimum Requirement and Fail. To pass the whole test, the candidate needs to achieve the level Pass on at least three (3) parts and the level Minimum Requirement on at the most one (1) part. It does not matter on which part the candidate achieves the level Pass or Minimum Requirement.
The final assessment on level B2 is either Pass or Fail.
If a candidate has passed the whole test, he/she obtains a certificate where the results achieved are stated. The certificate is issued by Swedex. It carries the logotypes of Folkuniversitetet, the Swedish Institute and the International Certificate Conference.
If a certificate is lost, a copy may be obtained, subject to an administrative charge. The new certificate is a duplicate and is marked as such. This regulation applies only for a period of 10 years after the examination.
The entire examination may be re-taken as often as wanted, though only after six months the first time. It is not permitted to re-take only the written or the oral part or an individual paper. The written or oral part of the examination may only be taken alone if the examination has been interrupted because of illness. The test cannot be re-taken until the next examination date at the examination centre.
Appeals against test results
It is not possible to appeal the final result of the examination. Points of view on the conduct or correction of the examination must be sent to Swedex in writing within one month of the examination date.
The corrected papers and assessment sheets for the oral tests are saved by Swedex for six months after the examination. The test results are filed for 10 years.
The revised examination regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Swedex come into force on 17 August 2013 and are valid until further notice.
Gothenburg, August 2013