Skip to ContentSkip to Navigation

Language Centre

Express yourself <> understand the world
Language CentreTestingLanguage Centre English Test

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. The full test covers all 4 skills: speaking, listening, writing and reading. Some candidates may only need to be tested in 1 or 2 skills. However, most universities and organizations require all 4 skills to be included on the certificate.

Before applying for the Language Centre English Test (LCET), you should check with the university or organization concerned whether they accept our test as proof of your level of English.

Tests usually take place once or twice a month. After you have applied for the test, you will be assigned to one of these sessions. It is not allowed to use a dictionary during the test.

Test Dates

You can register online until 7 days before the test. After that, you can only register at the Language Centre Office until two day before the test.

Date Time speaking Time writing, reading and listening Registration
Friday 6 December Between 09:00 and 12:30 Between 13:00 and 17:00 Closed
Monday 16 December Between 12:00 and 14:00 Between 15:00 and 19:00 Register online
Tuesday 14 January Between 13:00 and 17:00 Between 09:00 and 12:00 Register online
Wednesday 15 January Between 13:00 and 17:00 Between 09:00 and 12:00 Register online
Thursday 16 January Between 13:00 and 17:00 Between 09:00 and 12:00 Register online
Monday 20 January Between 13:00 and 17:00 Between 09:00 and 12:00 Register online

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

You should allow about 4 hours for the test, including breaks between different parts of the test:
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)
3. Listening skills – 2 short listening texts on general topics at an academic level (30 minutes)
4. Reading skills – 2 articles on general topics at an academic level (45 minutes)

Preparation Tips and more Information about the Test

Register for our 2 hour workshop we schedule every month which helps you thoroughly prepare for the LCET. Please take a look here for our other preparation tips.


  • Full test: € 165
  • Full test and feedback:  € 210
  • 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.

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

Last modified:04 December 2019 4.10 p.m.
printView this page in: Nederlands