The Project Swedex

Read more about the Swedex' history and development.

Swedex is a exam of Swedish as a foreign language. This test can be taken both in Sweden and in a growing number of countries outside Sweden. Swedex is available at three levels, A2, B1 and B2, according to the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It is the only international exam of Swedish at these levels. Today, the Swedex exam can be taken in Germany, Poland, Austria, Estonia, Iceland, Bulgaria, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece, The United Kingdom, France, Spain, The Czech Republic, Russia, Ryssland, Serbia, Bosnia, Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The United States, The Sudan, Finland and Moldavia. In total, there are more than 70 centres outside Sweden that offer Swedex exams.

Swedex has been developed within a project which is part of the Socrates programme
Lingua II and has been co-financed by the European Commission. The project, which was launched in 2001 and concluded in December 2003, was coordinated by ICC - The International Language Association, an organization with substantial knowledge and experience of language examinations. Cooperation has taken place with experts on examining of German and English as foreign languages. Folkuniversitetet and the Swedish Institute were Swedish partners in the project.

During the work with the project, exam formats, specifications and model exams were established. These are used when producing new exams. Folkuniversitetet are responsible for producing exam material. The first exams were launched in May 2005. The number of exams has thereafter increased every year and new examination centres are continually being added.

Swedex relates to the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, as do many other language examinations in Europe. Thereby, the Swedex certificate is viable all over Europe.