The first time I lived in Sweden I did a 4-month language course at university. The second time I lived in Sweden I wanted to continue with Svensk för invandrare (Swedish for immigrants, SFI) but I was declined because I had already reached the highest level for the courses on offer from the municipality, so I briefly did a Swedish course at a Folkhögskola instead. However, I have never tested my level according to CEFR scales. Does the final SFI level correspond to any particular level within CEFR?

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According to The Swedish Teacher,

  • SFI course A corresponds to CEFR level A1,
  • SFI course B corresponds to CEFR level A1/A2,
  • SFI course C corresponds to CEFR level A2/A2 +,
  • SFI course D corresponds to CEFR B1/B1+.
  • I see. That confirms my experience that finishing SFI does not really mean one knows Swedish particularly well.
    – gerrit
    Nov 7, 2017 at 14:15
  • I don’t know whether they exist for Swedish, but I have found online free “sample” versions of the “official” tests for Spanish, Italian, and other languages.
    – WGroleau
    Nov 8, 2017 at 15:20

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