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Tests in Other Languages

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

  • Chinese (the Language Centre does not offer Chinese tests, but we would like to refer all parties interested in Chinese tests to the Confucius Institute)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Portugese
  • 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: testingunit@rug.nl .


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.

Rates

  • Complete test: € 199
  • Per component: € 95

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

Certificate

You will receive 3 copies of the certificate within a week of the test. You can collect the certificates from our Office between 12:00 and 16:00 (Thursday till 20:00) on working days. 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.

Registration

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: testingunit@rug.nl .

Last modified:30 January 2019 4.15 p.m.
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