The aim of the reading paper is to test the reading skills and comprehension of different types of texts on a:

  • general level (i.e. the text as a whole, which includes understanding of main ideas and attitudes, how the ideas are related in the text and how they are developed)
  • local level (i.e. within and between sentences, which includes understanding and interpreting the meaning of words, phrases, clauses and the connection between them).


The reading paper consists of two parts: Reading for General Comprehension and Reading to Search for Information (Scanning). The total time allowed for both parts is 75 minutes. The scanning part makes up for the remaining 25 minutes of the test. 

Reading for General Comprehension

  • Time allowed: 50 minutes
  • Number of texts: 5
  • Number of questions: 30

Each text is followed by 4–8 questions. They are either multiple-choice questions with three or four options from which you are asked to choose one, or statement questions for which you are asked to indicate true or false in response.

The texts in this part include a number of non-fiction text types.

Reading to Search for Information

  • Time allowed: 25 minutes
  • Number of texts: 1
  • Number of questions: 15

This part consists of one longer text where you must scan for relevant information and be able to respond to the questions. This is a high-speed reading skill, and in general your answers should not be longer than one word or a short phrase.

The text in this part may be from promotional or informational material.

Information about test length: Why does the Reading Comprehension have a maximum test length?

Practical details

No dictionaries or other means of assistance are allowed.

All the exam papers are to be collected and handed in to invigilators after the exam.


You get 1 mark for each correct answer. The score necessary for passing is defined according to an established proficiency level, and may therefore fluctuate depending on the provided exam’s degree of difficulty.


There are two grades: Pass (Godkänt) and Fail (Underkänt).

To pass Tisus you have to pass all three parts of the exam. Each component is equally weighted. If one of the components is graded as Underkänt you are allowed to retake that component only.   

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Sample test material

The file below shows examples of assignments in the reading comprehension test held in Sweden and abroad.

In Swedish:

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