EduCorner: Examinations in Sweden

After writing 2 exams for 8 hours straight in one day, and after getting a lot of questions about the structure of studying and exams in Sweden, I’m going to dedicate this blogpost to discuss that topic. The study structure is such that each semester is divided into 2 periods. Some subjects require labs, individual assignments, group works, projects and of course, examinations. Some courses have exams, some don’t. But on a whole, most subjects do have final examinations.

There are many different types of examinations.

Classroom exams:
These are the most common types of exams that happen globally. Usually in Sweden, exams range from 3 to 4 hours. The exam happen usually at the end of each period of study.

A fun fact is that during these classroom exams, you’re allowed to take food 😀 So the four hours aren’t too tiring!

Online exams:
Some exams are also in the online format. You could write this from your home or from a computer lab during the allotted time.

Open-book classroom exams:
In these types of exams, you are allowed to take books and your notes into the exam hall. You can’t however, take electronics like your phone or laptops. You can take any other study material though.

Home exams:
The other types of exams are called ‘home-exams’. In these, you’re given the question paper and the students are usually given time ranging between 24 to 72 hours. You can use books, laptops and other materials to try to answer the examination questions. This may seem odd, but these exams are quite as hard as the normal classroom exams. The answers will not be found easily in books or online sources. And it usually has a lot of questions and it is quite draining to write an exam for so many hours. Of course, you can take breaks in between answering them!

I’ve finished all my exams for the 1st year of my Master’s programme and I’m looking forward to the summer break! 😀

In my next post, I’ll give you a recap of my first year in Sweden 😀

-For now, your Swe-Desi Seafarer signing off! 🙂



An Indian student studying Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. Email : supritha.studyinsweden[at]
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