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Tests in Other Languages

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, it is as yet unknown when we will start offering the Language Centre Test for Modern Foreign Languages 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 to take a language test for a grant, grant application, degree programme, research or internship abroad can test their proficiency level at the University of Groningen Language Centre.

We would like to emphasize that these proficiency tests are not the same as official language exams. We would like to refer to ALTE, the Association of Language Testers in Europe for an overview of the official language exams. ALTE published a framework of all the different language exams at different levels of the CEFR that meet the requirements of ALTE’s quality standards.

Language Tests

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Russian

The Language Centre has designed its own tests with the results conforming to the scales defined by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) . Before you register for the test, please check with the relevant university or organization that our test will be sufficient proof of your level of that particular language. Please send an e-mail to the Testing Unit about the possibility of tests in other languages: .

Test format

The complete test covers all 4 skills:

  • speaking
  • listening
  • writing
  • reading

Sometimes candidates only need to have 1 or 2 skills tested, but most universities want all 4 skills to appear on the certificate.


  • Complete test: € 260
  • Per component: € 95

We ask you to pay the due amount before the start of the test.


You will receive 3 copies of the certificate within a week of the test. You can collect the certificates at our Support Office desk during opening hours. If you need more copies, please indicate this when registering.

  • Each additional certificate will cost € 1,-.
  • If you would like to receive more certificates at a later stage, you will be charged an administration fee of € 10,- and € 1,- for each additional certificate.

Test results

The test results reveal the level of the candidate in each of the skills tested. The results are expressed in terms of the Common European Framework of Reference . The scale definitions range from A1 (basic user) to C2 (proficient user). There is a definition of the scales on the certificate. This test thus does not involve passing or failing; the relevant university or organization determines which level is required for the degree programme or project. If necessary, you can take the test again after 3 months.


Would you like to register for a test in a language other than Dutch or English? Please send an e-mail to the Testing Unit: .

Last modified:20 June 2022 4.04 p.m.
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