English language proficiency test for teachers

If you are a lecturer in higher education who teaches in English, you will probably be expected to take the English language proficiency tests for teachers. Taalcentrum-VU is a certified test location.

  • Official English language proficiency test
  • Discover your language level
  • Done in under 90 minutes
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Practical information


Who is it for?

The English language proficiency test for teachers has been designed for teaching staff in higher education. This includes both university lecturers and lecturers at universities of applied sciences.

How long does the test take?

The test takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete.

Location

The English language proficiency test for teachers takes place at Taalcentrum-VU.

Registration

Would you like to register for the English language proficiency test for teachers? Please pick a date and email you choice to taalloket@taalcentrum-vu.nl.

English language proficiency test for teachers

Many degree programmes are now taught in English. The lecturers who teach on these programmes are therefore subject to language requirements: their command of English is expected to be at C1 level, as defined by the Common European Framework (CEF). The English language proficiency test for teachers is specially designed for academic professionals who teach in English within a higher education setting. The test is compulsory for teaching staff on a number of degree programmes. If this applies in your case, you will be notified by your programme.

The English language proficiency test for teachers in higher education consists of two parts: the computer-based Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) and an interview with two examiners. The test is designed to assess both your productive language skills (speaking and writing) and your receptive language skills (listening and reading).

If you do not teach in higher education but would like to take an English language test, take a look at English language tests for the business sector.


Programme components

Preparation?
You do not need to prepare for the computer-based Oxford Online Placement Test. However, you will be asked to prepare a five-minute presentation for the interview component of the test. We will send you more information about the test and how to prepare for it once you have registered.
English at C1 level: what does that mean?

As a lecturer working on an English-taught programme at VU Amsterdam or another higher education institution, you must have a C1 command of English. In other words, you must be a ‘proficient user’ of the English language. You should be able to express yourself fluently and spontaneously without having to search for the right expression. This applies both to spoken and written communication. C1 is one of the proficiency levels defined by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF). This system categorizes language learners according to six levels of proficiency. These range from A1 (the lowest level) to C2 (the highest level). Each level includes ‘can do’ statements that describe what the language user is able to do. Would you like to find out more about CEF levels? Take a look at the table to obtain an idea of your language proficiency level. This overview includes the ‘can do’ statements associated with C1 level.

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If you are interested in taking this test of your language skills, please send an email to taalloket@taalcentrum-vu.nl.

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