The Högskoleprovet is a university admittance exam in Sweden. When applying for a course or study program in a college or university in Sweden, part of the applicants are admitted on the basis of their high school grades and part based on their Högskoleprovet exam results.
The exam can be taken twice each year, once in the spring and once in the autumn. The test is comprised of two blocks – a quantitative and a verbal. The quantitative block of the Högskoleprovet tests the examinees mathematical and logical skills while the verbal block (obviously) tests language and vocabulary.
The quantitative block of the Högskoleprovet is comprised of four parts: NOG (logical skills), XYZ (math), KVA (quantitative analysis) and DTK (analysis of diagrams and maps). The verbal block also consists of four parts: ORD (Swedish vocabulary test), MEK (sentence completion), LÄS (reading comprehension) and ELF (reading comprehension in English).
In order to do well on the Högskoleprovet exam, it is important to practice high school-level mathematics, since all of the mathematical problems can be solved through the help of formulas and equation solving taught in high school. For the verbal part of the exam it is recommended to read a lot and to practice ones vocabulary using dictionaries and encyclopedias. One should also get copies of past tests (they are available for free online) in order to practice. To score well on the Högskoleprovet many students also choose to purchase a practice book containing pedagogical explanations and helpful hints.
The Högskoleprovet is popular among residents of Sweden and it is taken by tens of thousands each year.
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