What is the Högskoleprovet?
The Högskoleprovet - or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (SweSAT), as it's called in English - is a standardised test that can be used as a way to compete for a place in courses and programmes at Swedish universities.
Who can take the test?
There are no restrictions regarding citizenship or residency. However, the test is only given in Swedish so it's important to have learned Swedish sufficiently to be successful.
Anyone who wants to participate in the SweSAT must have turned or turn 18 in the calendar year in which the test is carried out or have started upper secondary school earlier than the calendar year in which he or she turns 16.
Dates and fees
The application fee for the test is 550 kronor. The test is given twice a year - once in the autumn and once in the spring. The application period opens about two weeks before the application deadline. The test, given on a Sunday in the autumn and a Saturday in the spring, is available at a number of locations throughout Sweden.
From 10 December 2020, SweSAT results are valid for 8 years, starting with application to Spring semester 2021. Previously, SweSAT results were valid for 5 years.
How are test results used?
Test results are used in order to compete for places in a bachelor's level course or programme when there are more eligible applicants than places available.
In the case of more eligible applicants than places, a selection takes place. Applicants are divided into different selection groups, one of them being the SweSAT group. Everyone who meets the entry requirements and has a valid SweSAT score competes in this group.
At least 1/3 but not more than 2/3 of the places available in any course or programme are to be given to students based on their grades or their test result. You can compete in both the grades group and the test group for courses and programmes you are eligible for.
Only for admission in Sweden
Your SweSAT result can only be used in Sweden - the test is not valid in other countries.
What's the test like?
The SweSAT is divided into two main sections - quantitative and verbal. The quantitative section has questions in the following areas (all in Swedish):
- Mathematical problem solving
- Quantitative comparisons
- Quantitative reasoning
- Diagrams, tables and maps
The verbal section is also divided into four areas of questions:
- Vocabulary (in Swedish)
- Reading comprehension of Swedish texts
- Sentence completion (in Swedish)
- English reading comprehension
When you're ready for the SweSAT
In order to succeed at the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test, you must first become good at the Swedish language. A guidance counsellor can help you to determine if you're ready for the test. When that day comes, you can find plenty of information about the test at Studera.nu in Swedish.