English assessment (for staff)

An English assessment determines your language proficiency. The results of this assessment can be used to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (BKO) or to prove your English proficiency for the dual language policy (support staff).

After taking the assessment, you will receive a level statement that contains information about your current level according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). A distinction is made between the oral and written skills.

The next English assessment for employees will take place in November 2021:

  • Oral test: Monday 1 November & Tuesday 2 November 2021, several time slots available
  • Written test: Monday 1 November 2021, 11.00-12.00 hours
  • Deadline: 24 October 2021

You will automatically be enrolled for the written part when registering for the oral part. This assessment will be offered in an online format.

An English language assessment consists of an oral test of 15 minutes and a written test of 60 minutes.

  • The oral test is a 15-minute interview with two of our English language trainers.
    During this interview both informal and professional questions will be asked.
  • The written test is an assignment, you will write an essay about a current topic.

After taking the assessment, you will receive a level statement that contains information about your current level according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). A distinction is made between the oral and written skills. 

Based on the results of the interview and your writing assignment, your level of English is expressed as a level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). If your assessment result shows that you didn’t obtain the required level of proficiency, you can register for a group or an individual English training course based on your results.

An assessment for EUR employees costs € 105,-. In case you need to do a re-sit, the costs are: € 50,- for the oral part and € 35,- for the written part. A level statement is valid for a period of one year. After all, your language proficiency might have improved or deteriorated after a year.

The LTC can give you an official exemption in the following cases: 

  • Native speaker of English;
  • TOEFL IBT*, minimum score of 95 (with a minimum subscore of 22 for reading, listening and speaking and a minimum subscore of 24 for writing;
  • IELTS* 7.0 (with a minimum subscore of 6,5);
  • Cambridge CPE (minimal grade C);
  • Cambridge CAE (minimal grade B);
  • Cambridge BEC (minimal higher grade B);
  • Completed English-language bachelor's / master's / PhD program.

* Note: the IELTS- and TOEFL iBT test results have a validity of two years.

If one the above applies to you, please share your transcript/document via ltc@eur.nl.  Please also mention your ERNA-code. We will be able to confirm whether or not you will receive an exemption for the English language assessment.

The LTC offers English language assessments for EUR employees several times a year. To register for the assessment, take the following steps:

  1. Register for the oral test.
  2. Further information will be sent to you after the deadline.

If you are dyslectic extra time to complete the written test can be given. To arrange this, you need to contact the LTC via email before the deadline of registration. You will also have to send a copy of your official statement of special needs.

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