Examinations in Swedish as a foreign language

A surprising number of people learn Swedish as a foreign language to be able to work or study in Sweden. Many others who live outside Sweden have contacts with Sweden or with Swedish companies and need to be able to communicate in Swedish. So, for an increasing number of people, it has become important to be able to document their knowledge of Swedish. And the Swedex examinations provide an opportunity for them to prove their competence in the language.

Swedex examinations

  • are international examinations in Swedish as a foreign language
  • certify practical language skills in Swedish
  • test all language skills
  • are related to the Council of Europe level of attainment
  • are available at two levels: A2 and B1 on the scale of levels of the CEF
  • can be taken in Sweden and other countries no matter where you have learnt Swedish.

To find out where your nearest examination centre is click here:

What does Swedex test?

Swedex tests all four language skills and comprises five different papers at levels A2 and B1:

  • reading comprehension
  • all vocabulary and grammar
  • listening comprehension
  • written production
  • oral production

Duration of the written part:
A2: approximately 2 hours, including one break
B1: approximately 3 hours, including two breaks

The speaking test is taken individually (A2) or in pairs (B1) according to a special timetable.

Duration of the oral part:
A2: approximately 8 minutes
B1: approximately 15 minutes + 15 minutes preparation time

Mock examinations are available for A2 and B1, illustrating the different test papers of the examinations.
They can be downloaded directly from the Swedex home page: http://www.swedex.info/def_eng.asp

For further information, please see the Swedex examination regulations: