Language levels and tests
If you are a beginners, the choice is easy. Then you start with a beginners 1 course. If you have some knowledge of a language, but you don't have a formal qualification, it's useful to check how much you know before you enrol for a specific level. There are several ways in which you can test your level:
- you talk to one of our teachers on the Open Day (usually the first Saturday in September)
- for English, French, Italian and Spanish, you can download a test below.
- for all European languages, you can do a very extensive online test called DIALANG (see below)
- for Dutch it's possible to make an appointment through our secretariat for a short oral test
For the languages below you can download tests that belong to the used course books. These tests have multiple choice questions and with the attached key you can check your answers. Your score will determine the recommended starting level.
Please note: a basic knowledge of Dutch is required to do these tests!
English, click HERE to download a pdf of the test.
Spanish, click HERE for a beginners test, HERE for a semi-intermediate test and HERE for an intermediate test.
For other languages you can do a (very extensive) online test, DIALANG. This is available for the following languages:
Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. This test system is financed by the European Union.
Click HERE to go to the DIALANG test. You can select your preferred instruction language.
With most language courses the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) are stated. Below you find a schedule of the language levels related to our courses. Most courses consist of blocks of 12 weekly lessons of 1½ hours. There are exceptions. Most Dutch as a foreign language courses, for instance, consist of blocks of 10 weekly lessons of 3 hours.
Some languages go faster than others.
Beginners 1 (A1-a)
Beginners 2 (A1-b)
Beginners 3 (A1-c)
Beginners 4 (A1-d)
Semi-beginners 1 (A2-a)
Semi-beginners 2 (A2-b)
Semi-beginners 3 (A2-c)
Semi-beginners 4 (A2-d)
Semi-intermediate 1 (B1-a)
Semi-intermediate 2 (B1-b)
Semi-intermediate 3 (B1-c)
Semi-intermediate 4 (B1-d)
Intermediate 1 (B2-a)
Intermediate 2 (B2-b)
Intermediate 3 (B2-c)
Intermediate 4 (B2-d)
More info on the CEFR-levels can be found HERE.