Language Level Assessment

The UM Language Centre can assist you with proof of language proficiency. We offer different tests to evaluate your language skills and can provide you with a certificate stating your level.

 

  • If you need proof of your language skills, the Language Center can provide you with one. We offer three different tests to evaluate your level and provide you with a level certificate.
  • You can register for a level assessment test via our registration form - select level assessment in the first drop-down box and then choose the language you are interested in followed by the type of test you need (quick test excl. or incl. writing or a full test according to the ECA, see below).
  • After registration, you will receive a direct payment link to pay the test fee and an email contact to schedule the test (different options depending on the test and language, see below).
  • After you complete the assessment and arrange payment, you will receive the document with your level in PDF format.

Quick tests or proof of level (only for UM-students and UM-employees)

If you go abroad for your studies, an internship, or for work, the host institution usually requires a document that states your level of proficiency in a particular language.

If your host university or the institute approving your scholarship (e.g. DAAD), requires you to submit proof of language proficiency, you can make an appointment for a Quick Test. We can confirm your language level in a letter or fill out a form.

The quick test without writing takes roughly 30 minutes to complete and assesses your speaking, listening, and reading skills. The Language Centre can also test your written language skills by doing a quick test including writing which takes a bit longer.

  • Fee Quick Test excl. writing: € 55
  • Fee Quick Test incl. writing: € 105

Test according to CEFR criteria (for UM and non-UM participants)

For some of the languages we teach, we also offer a full test in accordance with CEFR criteria. CEFR describes foreign language proficiency at six levels. The speaking and listening skills test is administered by the teacher, followed by an independent writing and reading test. The full test takes roughly 2,5 hours to complete. To review the CEFR levels, download the PDF  Levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (0.48MB).

  • Fee CEFR test: € 250

Available tests (in person and online unless mentioned otherwise)

Language  Quick test, excl. writing € 55,- Quick test, incl. writing € 105,- Full test as per ERK € 250,-  
Arabic no no no  
Chinese yes  yes no  
Dutch  yes yes yes, online and on location  
English yes yes no  
French yes yes yes, on location only  
German yes yes yes, on location only  
Italian  yes yes yes, on location only  
Portuguese yes yes no  
Russian yes yes no  
Spanish yes yes yes, on location only  

Dutch language proficiency test B1 and B2 for healthcare staff

Anyone wishing to work as a registered healthcare provider in the Netherlands must be registered in the BIG register. Proof of language proficiency B1 (from the Common European Framework of Reference) is required for BIG registration.

For physiotherapists, physician assistants, midwives, and registered dental hygienists a certificate of language proficiency B2 (of the Common European Framework of Reference) is required for a BIG registration. For an overview and elaboration of levels B1 and B2 see Levels of the European Reference Framework (CEFR).

The certificate you receive after successfully completing the Dutch language test B1 or B2 is proof of language proficiency and is valid for 2 years after it has been issued. Should you wish to receive an additional certificate, we will charge a fee for this.

What does the test look like?
A full test consists of four test sections: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. This can be taken in one day or spread over two days by arrangement. A full test B1 or B2 takes 2.5 hours.

For more information about the test, please contact us at your-language-course@maastrichtuniversity.nl. Registration for the test is via the online registration form. After registration and payment, a tutor will contact you to set a date for the test.

 

Costs

  • Language proficiency test B1 or B2 € 250 (including certificate)

     


After the level assessment, you will receive your certificate as a PDF file via email within 2 weeks after taking the last test part. The amount due must be paid online.

Language proficiency test Dutch B2plus for medical professionals

Anyone who wants to work in the Netherlands as a medical professional (doctor, dentist, pharmacist, psychotherapist, remedial educationalist-generalist, health care psychologist, and clinical technologist) must be registered in the BIG register. Proof of language proficiency in B2plus (combination of B2 and C1) of the Common European Framework of Reference, is required for BIG registration. For an overview and details of level B2plus see Levels of the European Reference Framework (CEFR).

The certificate you receive after successfully completing the Dutch language test B2plus is proof of language proficiency and is valid for 2 years after issue. Should you wish to receive an additional certificate, we will charge a fee for this.

What does the test look like?
A full test consists of four test parts: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. The full language test can be taken in one day or spread over two days by arrangement. A full test B2plus takes 2.5 hours.

For more information about the test, please contact us at your-language-course@maastrichtuniversity.nl. Registration is via the online registration form. After registration and payment, a tutor will contact you to set a date.

Costs

  • Language proficiency test B2plus € 250 (including certificate)

     


After the level assessment, you will receive your certificate as a PDF file via email within 2 weeks after taking the last test part. The amount due must be paid online.

Proof of level required for the UM Language Policy

If your department requests you to demonstrate your level in English and/or Dutch as part of the UM Language Policy requirements, please contact taalbeleid-lc@maastrichtuniversity.nl and mention in which language(s) you would like to get tested.