Friday, January 26, 2018

Swedex Exam Updates

Last year in December, I talked about sitting for the Swedish A2 certification by Swedex in Sweden, which I did on 19 December. The result has been released. I FAILED the linguistic stunt. Below is the breakdown of my results:
  • Comprehension: 19 out of 20
  • Grammar: 7 out of 10
  • Listening: I survived.
  • Oral: I survived. (Surprise, surprise! Especially when they suddenly make it 15 minutes instead of 8 which was the stipulated time in test guideline.)
  • Writing: 0
So what was it that had gone wrong in writing? I emailed Folkuniversitetet to find out. A day later the reply came:

"[...] du fick 0 p är att du använde engelska i din text. Då fungerar inte kommunikationen om någon som inte kan engelska läser ditt mejl."

So in my attempt to be creative by inserting one English word, it has caused me my results. The writing test required that I write a 30-word email reply to my friend. I thought—all right, it's an email to a friend—I can inject a bit of fun, right, by saying something like... "hur säger man det här [engelska ord] på svenska" which means "how does one say [here's where I inserted the English word] in Swedish?"

And just like that, I failed my Swedex. I've learned my lesson: Be a robot—don't be smart, or creative, or different (during the test). Be all of that, later, AFTER the test. It's a rather expensive lesson that costs SEK 1,950 (approximately S$325).

I've appealed and also failed to receive any considerations. It's not the end of the world.