Studying and Student life

Language Tests for Exchange Students

Students embarking on a period of study abroad can take a language test at the Language Center in the language of the destination country. Language tests can be taken for Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

It is important to submit a timely request for an test. If you do not pass the test, you cannot retake the test until a month later. After the test, you may receive the advice to take a language course.

Exemption

If proof of a minimum level in the language can be demonstrated, then exemption is possible in some cases. These include:

  • when you have taken a course at the Language Center in the correct level of the language (grade results can be used as proof)
  • when you have previously passed an internationally recognized test in the target language (the instructor involved at the Language Center must have insight into the results achieved so that the instructor can draw up a certificate of sufficient knowledge of the language)
  • when other qualifications are sufficient, such as extra language education after secondary school (proof should be submitted to the Language Center, after which exemption can potentially be awarded). 

English Language Test

Tilburg University students who are going abroad are not required to take an English Language Test. You only need to do this test if the partner university that you are applying to requires such a test or proof of your level of English.  In that case, the test can be done through the Tilburg University Language Center. This institutional proficiency test certifies that you fulfill the minimum language proficiency requirement of the participating foreign universities: CEFR B2, ALTE level Upper Intermediate or IELTS band level 6.5. It is important to register for the test well in advance of your departure.

Registration

You must register for the Language Test at the Student Desk. The test is administered in groups at specific dates (see below). When registering for the test, you submit a copy of the confirmation letter from your exchange coordinator. If you go abroad with ISEP, you need a so-called Language Proficiency Report, completed by a language instructor. For ISEP ENGLISH Language Proficiency Report, contact Suzanne Peraino.

The certificate

If you receive a CEFR level of B2 for your English Language Test, you will receive a certificate (generally two weeks after the test), which should be submitted to your exchange coordinator. If you receive a CEFR level lower than B2, you will receive advice on possible courses to take. The English instructor may require you to take a course before you are permitted to take the test again.

Test dates 2017

  • Friday, 1 September 2017, 12:45-16:15   
  • Friday, 6 October 2017, 12:45-16:15   
  • Friday, 17 November 2017, 12:45-16:15   
  • Friday, 9 December 2017, 12:45-16:15
The test itself

The test consists of a grammar test (100 questions), which takes 45 minutes, and a listening test (100 questions), which takes approximately 15 minutes. In addition, you write a one-page essay on a choice of topics provided. In total, the entire test takes approximately 2 hours.

Exemption

You are exempt from taking the Language Test as required by partner universities if you can demonstrate that you meet the minimum language requirement. This can be done in various ways:

  • If you have successfully completed one or more of the Language Center’s courses below:
    • English for the Future
    • English for Academic Writing
    • English Advanced
    • English for TOEFL
    • English for Academic Purposes Summer Course
    • Academic Writing for Liberal Arts
    • Linguistic & Argumentation Skills for Global Law
    • English for Business Economics
    • Writing Skills 1 and Presentation Skills for IBA or ECO, with B2+ or higher for both

      In all cases, you should submit a copy of your course results at the Student Desk.

  • If you have qualified for the language requirement in another way, for example by additional language education after your secondary school or by participating in bilingual VWO, you can only qualify with officially recognized certificates/tests and if you meet the minimum requirement. Documentation should be submitted to the Student Desk. After the Language Center has reviewed the documents, you will receive the exemption and a certificate. Please note that any of these IB or Cambridge / TOEFL / IELTS certificates cannot be older than 3 years.

No exemption

You are not exempt from the Language Test with:

  • English Speaking & Pronunciation (Language Center)
  • English Presentation & Performance (Language Center)
  • Language assessments or workshops for the Outreaching program
  • Any of the Student English Language Assessments (SELAs)

Costs

You pay an administration fee for the Language Test of € 25. This is to pay for the test itself and the time it takes to grade the test and make a certificate. You receive the certificate with your score. If you have an exemption for the Language Test based on the courses above, you pay € 2.50 in administration fees for the certificate.

Preparation

Read and listen to as much English as possible before taking the test. The following books may help you refresh your memory on certain grammatical or writing issues:

  • Murphy, R. (1994). English Grammar in Use with Answers. Cambridge University Press.
  • English Toolbox. Available on your Portal by ticking the “Language Tools” box under “Add Module”.

A good online source for grammar practice is www.englishpage.com

Language test German - French - Italian - Spanish

Students, who are going to study in a German-speaking, French-speaking or Spanish-speaking country or in Italy, are required to take a language test. This can be done through the Tilburg University Language Center. This institutional proficiency test certifies that you fulfill the minimum language proficiency requirement of Tilburg University’s exchange programs and of the participating foreign universities: CEFR B1. It is important to register for the test well in advance of your departure.

Registration and taking the test

You can apply for the test with Cristina Irún, coordinator Foreign Languages. In consultation with Ms Irún and the teacher in question, a date for the test will be decided upon. If you pass, you receive a certificate, which should be submitted to your exchange coordinator. If you fail, you receive advice on possible courses to take. The instructor may require you to take a course before you are permitted to take the test again.

Exemption

You are exempt from taking the Language Test if you can demonstrate that you meet the minimum language requirement. This can be done in various ways:

  • If you have successfully completed one or more of the Language Center’s courses below:
    • Intermediate German
    • Advanced German
    • Intermediate French
    • Advanced French
    • Intermediate Spanish
  • If you have previously passed an internationally recognized test, the Language Center teacher in question will review the certificate and determine whether or not you qualify for an exemption. Please note that any of these certificates cannot be older than 3 years.
  • If you have qualified for the language requirement in another way, for example by additional language education after your secondary school, you can only qualify with officially recognized certificates/tests and if you meet the minimum requirement. Documentation should be submitted to the Student Desk. After the Language Center has reviewed the documents, you will receive the exemption.

Costs
You pay an administration fee for the Language Test of € 25. This is to pay for the test itself and the time it takes to grade the test and make a certificate. You receive the certificate with your score. If you have an exemption for the Language Test based on the courses above, you pay € 2.50 in administration fees for the certificate.