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Language Centre English Test

Students, prospective students and researchers who need a statement of their English language proficiency for a grant, scholarship application, degree, research or work experience abroad can be tested at the University of Groningen Language Centre.

Due to the current situation (University being closed), it is unfortunately not possible for us to deliver our test in its usual format, nor are we able to assess all four proficiency skills. Reading and listening cannot reliably be tested online. Nevertheless, the Language Centre can offer students the opportunity to take a modified version of the test online during the coronavirus crisis. This version of the test only assesses speaking and writing skills. If you pass this test, you will receive a certificate explaining which skills have been tested and what level you have obtained for these skills.

What do you need?

To take the LCET, you need the following:

  • a desktop or laptop
  • a good and stable internet connection
  • a webcam and a microphone.
  • Google Chrome
You do not have to download any software in order to join the test, except if you do not have Google Chrome on your computer/laptop. In that case, you need to download Chrome.

Tests usually take place once or twice a month. It is not allowed to use a dictionary or any other sources during the test.

Test Dates

You can register online until 7 days before the test. Dates for tests in August will be announced at a later date.

We ask you to be available all day. At least one week before the test takes place you will receive an email with the exact times.

Course code Date Registration
41731 Wednesday 3 June closed
41732 Tuesday 9 June register online
41733 Thursday 18 June register online
41734 Monday 22 June full (waiting list)
51662 Writing skills: Monday 22 June &
Speaking skills: Tuesday 23 June
register online
41744 Thursday 25 June full (waiting list)
51669 Writing skills: Thursday 25 June &
Speaking skills: Friday 26 June
register online
41736 Monday 29 June full (waiting list)
51674 Writing skills: Monday 29 June &
Speaking skills: Wednesday 1 July
register online
41739 Monday 6 July full (waiting list)

Application for the Test

Please take a look at the Test dates above and read about our Application Procedure and extra information.

Then register online via the links above.

Test Format

1. Speaking skills – a test during which you will complete individual and paired speaking tasks (20 minutes)
2. Writing skills – writing an academic essay (60 minutes)

Preparation Tips and more Information about the Test

Register for our 3 hour workshop we schedule every month which helps you thoroughly prepare for the LCET. Please take a look here for our other preparation tips.

Rates modified test - valid until 1 September 2020 due to coronavirus

  • Two parts: € 115
  • Two parts and feedback:  € 160
  • Retrospective feedback: € 85

  • 1 part only: € 90
  • 1 part and feedback: € 110
  • Retrospective feedback: € 45

Test Results

The test results indicate the candidate’s level in each tested skill. Test results are reported in Common European Framework (CEFR) terms. The descriptions range from C2 (Expert language user) to B1 (Modest language user). A description of the 4 levels is included on the certificate, together with an approximate indication of a comparable IELTS or TOEFL English language test score. Therefore, this is not a pass/fail test. The university or organization concerned will decide what level they require for their course or programme.

You may take the test again after 3 months if necessary.


Within 10 working days of taking the test, you will receive the certificate by post due to the current situation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How can I prepare for studying or doing research abroad in English?
  • How can I prepare for the test?
  • Is the LCET the same as the IELTS and TOEFL?

More frequently asked questions

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