Swedish university exam gets green light – here’s how you can sign up

After many twists and turns along the way, högskoleprovet – an exam used by thousands of students every year as a way to enter university – will go ahead this year, but places are limited.

Swedish university exam gets green light – here's how you can sign up
A maximum of 27,600 people will be allowed to sit this year's exam. Photo: Gunnar Lundmark/SvD/TT

Registration for the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (SweSAT, or högskoleprovet) will open at 8am on Friday, but far fewer people than usual will be allowed to sit the exam this time around.

The test is normally held twice a year, but was cancelled in spring and then later in autumn due to the coronavirus pandemic. But after political pressure, the government eventually appointed an exam coordinator to come up with a solution that would enable organisers to hold the exam in an infection-safe way.

Usually around 100,000 people sit the exam each year, around 40 percent of them doing so for the first time. The exam is not compulsory, but many people use its results to get into university, and it is seen as a crucial second chance for those who are not able to get accepted based on grades alone.

This year, a maximum of 27,600 people will be allowed to sit the exam, and it will be open only to people taking it for the first time. Other than that, it is open to anyone, but organisers have urged people to only register if they really need the test result to apply for the spring term of university.

Registration will open at the website at 8am on Friday, but it will be possible to enter the waiting room from 7am. The time you entered the waiting room between 7am and 8am does not affect your place in the queue, according to a statement from the Swedish Council for Higher Education.

Registration will close when all the places have been filled or on October 1st at the latest.

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