Is there an official Swedish Language Test? Well, there are a few options for you. Swedish language tests are just the thing if you are curious about your current Swedish level. Are you in need of a Swedish certificate? Or about to apply to a Swedish university? There are many reasons to take a Swedish test and a lot of language tests have emerged lately to meet this need. Some tests are free, others are quite expensive. Some are held regularly throughout the year while others are just held once or twice a year.
- TISUS – Swedish Test for University Studies
- Business Swedish Certificate
- SAS Level Test
- SFI Level Test
- Level Tests at Folkuniversitet
TISUS (Swedish Test for University Studies)
Want to study at a university in Sweden? The TISUS is recognised by all universities in Sweden as a statement of eligibility regarding Swedish language proficiency. The test consists of three components: reading, writing and speaking. It is held twice a year in Sweden and at a number of Swedish embassies outside Sweden. It costs 2 070 SEK.
Business Swedish Certificate
Do you need proof of your Swedish skills for a job? The Stockholm Chamber of Commerce – Stockholms Handelskammare offer a few different types of Swedish certificates with emphasis on business language.
Swedex is a Swedish test approved by the Swedish Institute. The test relates to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language and can be done at three different levels: A2, B1 and B2. Swedex serves two main functions – it works as a measurement of your current language level and it constitutes an alternative to the Swedish Business Certificate.
However, Swedex does not make you eligible to study at a Swedish university. The test is held in Sweden as well as abroad and can be taken several times a year. The price of the test depends on your location.
Level Test SFI (Swedish for immigrants)
Most SFI schools offer language level tests. Doing a level test at SFI is recommended if you are not starting from scratch and mandatory if you are coming back from a long break.
Note: you aren’t allowed to take the test while you are taking a SFI course. A reservation is generally not needed, just bring your ID or passport and drop by during opening hours.
There is no central SFI website with all SFI schools in Sweden. Visit or call the website of your municipality to find your closest SFI testing centre.
Level Test SAS (Swedish as a Second Language)
The SAS (Swedish as a second language) level is organized by each municipality. In order to find the right place for you you can google the name of your municipality + the word nivåtest, so for instance “Stockholm + nivåtest”.
- A video on how the test is done.
- Stockholm SAS level test page
- Gävle SAS level test page
- Uppsala SAS level test page
- Malmö SAS level test page
Folkuniversitet offers web-based language tests. The tests are free of charge and a great alternative if you want to find out about your current language level. The test is a combination of two methods: self-assessment, where you assess your own skill-level, and a standardized question test. You get the test results mailed to you. The tests takes about 30 – 90 minutes.
If you want to study Swedish on your own time and from anywhere, check out the Swedish for beginners online course.