FAQ for you who want to take Swedex

At what levels is Swedex available? How do I prepare? Will I get a certificate? Learn more in the FAQ below.

At what levels is Swedex available?

Today Swedex is available at levels corresponding to A2, B1 and B2 according to the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

How do I know at which linguistic level I am?

You can get a first glimpse of your level through Folkuniversitetet's placement test of Swedish where you can try evaluating your knowledge for yourself.

For what purposes can I use Swedex?

Swedex is proof of knowledge of Swedish at a level corresponding to A2, B1 or B2 according to the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It is usable proof if you for example want to work in Sweden, continue your studies in Swedish or follow education in Swedish that does not require more advanced language knowledge. On the back of the certificates there is a description in Swedish and English of what you should know at each level.

What is Swedex' level in relation to the Swedish Sfi exam?

Swedex B1 approximately corresponds to the level for Sfi, course D. However, an important difference is that the Sfi exam tests whether you have passed a specific course while Swedex tests general knowledge of Swedish.

Does Swedex make me eligible to study at a Swedish university?

Swedex does not make you eligible for university studies but certain institutions and vocational colleges (yrkeshögskolor) accept Swedex certificates. There is a specific Swedish exam for higher education: TISUS. Please see www.nordiska.su.se/tisus. The level for TISUS corresponds to approximatetly C1 on the Council of Europe's CEFR scale.

Do I have to take a specific course in Swedish in order to take Swedex?

No. Swedex is an independent exam of Swedish. In other words, it does not matter where and how you have learnt Swedish.

How can I prepare for Swedex?

A good way to do this is to take a course in Swedish at a suitable level. There are also a mock exams available at Swedex' web site which looks like the actual exam. Look at it so you know what the exam looks like!

Where can I take Swedex?

Swedex can be taken at Folkuniversitetet in Sweden and in 70 places outside Sweden. Our examination centers in and outside Sweden are listed under the heading Examination centres.

How old do I have to be in order to take Swedex?

You should be at least 14 years old and should not have Swedish as your mother tongue. If there are specific reasons, younger exam candidates may also take Swedex. The Swedex centre responsible should apply for this at Swedex in Gothenburg..

How long in advance do I have to apply to take the exam?

Normally, you should apply 5–6 weeks before the exam. Normally, it is possible to post-apply until a week before the exam. Please contact the examination centre where you want to take Swedex for further information.

What is the cost of taking Swedex?

The price differs between various centres. Please contact the examination centre where you want to take Swedex for further information!

How do I apply for Swedex?

You apply to the examination centre where you wish to take the exam. Please see Examination Centre for the addresses to all centres in and outside Sweden. A copy of your passport or ID card should be enclosed with your application.

Download application form (PDF)

What does the Swedex exam contain?

Swedex exams all kinds of language proficiency. The following modules are included in the exam:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Words & Grammar (level A2 & B1)
  • Listening comprehension
  • Written examination
  • Oral examination

How long does the exam take?

Swedex A2 takes around 2 hours for the written parts (including a break). The oral part is conducted according to a particular schedule and takes around 8 minutes for every person. The exam candidates are tested one by one.

Swedex B1 takes around 3 hours for the written parts (including a break). In the oral examination the participants are tested in couples according to a specific schedule. The examination itself takes around 15 minutes per couple. In addition to this, there is around 15 minutes of preparation.

Swedex B2 takes around 3 hours for the written parts (including a break.) In the oral examination, the participants are tested in couples according to a specific schedule. The examination itself takes around 20-25 minutes per couple. In addition to this, there is around 15 minutes of preparation.

Are aids allowed?

No aids can be used during any Swedex exam.

Is it possible to take the exam again?

Yes, you can take Swedex again. You have to do it in its entirety. You cannot do a particular module. A new fee will have to be paid.

How is the exam appraised?

The written parts at A2 and B1 levels (reading and listening comprehension, words and grammar, written exam) are added up at the appraisal. The oral part is as appraised separately. You have to manage at least 60% on both the written and the oral part in order to pass. A summarized grade will be given. The following grades are used:

  • Distinction
  • Pass with credit
  • Pass
  • Fail

For the B2 exam other rules apply; here only the grades Pass och Fail are given. Swedex B2 consists of four exam modules. For every module you can pass, reach the minimum limit or fail.

In order to pass the whole exam, you have to reach the Pass level on at least three (3) exam modules and the minimum limit of maximally one (1) module. It does not matter on which module(s) you get a Pass or reach the minimum limit.

If you have failed a module, you have failed the exam in its entirety. This means you have to take the whole exam again next time.

Is it possible to pass the exam even if I fail an exam module?

At the A2 and B1 levels you have to pass the oral part (at least 60% ). The points on the written parts (reading comprehension, words and grammar, listening comprehension and the written exam) are added up. You must have at least 60% of the total number of points in order to pass. Thus, it is possible to fail one of the modules and still pass.

At the B2 level you must have reached the Pass level on at least three (3) modules and the minimum limit on maximally one (1) module. It does not matter which module(s) you have passed if you have reached the minimum limit. If you have failed a module, it means that you have failed the exam in its entirety.

Will I get a certificate?

Those who have passed the exam receive a certificate and a piece of paper which shows the results on the various modules of the exam. Those who have not passed the exam receive information of their results on the various modules.

How long does it take before I get my certificate?

The exam candidates should get their certificates within 6–7 weeks from their completion of the exam.

How many hours of study is required to successfully reach a level within CEFR?

Research suggests that it takes approximately 200 guided learning hours for an individual to progress from one level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) to the next. Read more at the University of Cambridge.