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Language Centre English Test

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, it is as yet unknown when we will start offering the Language Centre English Test again, and whether this will be a modified version (including only speaking and writing skills) or the full test. Do keep an eye on our website for the most up to date information.

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.

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.

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

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, it is as yet unknown when we will start offering the Language Centre English Test again

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
  • 1 part only: € 90
  • 1 part and feedback: € 110
  • Retrospective feedback: € 45 (only available for writing)

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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