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Language admission university requirements. TOEFL & IELTS conversion

Foreigners who would like to study at the universities of Netherlands in English need to show their knowledge of the English language by passing following exams:

  • The TOEFL® Test (Test of English as a Foreign Language™).
  • Academic IELTS test (the International English Language Testing System).
  • A Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), Proficiency of English (CPE) or First Certificate in English

These English exams measure the ability to communicate in English for those who want to get education in Holland.

Below you can find the list of necessary scores for admission on Preparatory, Bachelor and Master programmes at universities in the Netherlands.


IELTS TOEFL

Programme

paper basedcomputer basedinternet based
Preparatory  1 year 5.0 500 173 60
Preparatory 6 mn 5.5 525 196 70
Bachelor 6.0 550 213 80
Master 6.5 - 7  575 232 90
PHD 7 600 250 100

See information about Preparatory programmes and TOEFL & IELTS test centers in Holland.

Exceptions are allowed for students, who followed high or higher education in English, and for the students whose native language is English. See the lists of English native speaking countries and European high school diplomas that may exempt from the English language proficiency test.

Here you can see the several equivalence tables for TOEFL and IELTS scores.

TOEFL PaperTOEFL ComputerTOEFL iBTIELTS Equivalent
625 - 680 263 - 300 113 - 120 7.5 - 9.0
600 250 100 7.0
575 232 90 - 91 6.5
550 213 79 - 80 6.0
525 196 69 - 70 5.5
500 173 59 - 60 5.0
475 152 49 - 50 4.5
450 133 39 - 40 4.0
425 113 29 -30 3.5

Source: English Language Center

Read more: TOEFL and IELTS test.

This is another conversion table, where the levels proficiency in English are shown.

OEIC TOEFL
Paper
TOEFL
CBT
TOEFL
IBT
IELTS VEC
Online Score
Approximate
VEC Level
0 - 250 0 - 310 0 - 30 0 - 8 0 - 1 0 - 34 Beginner
310 - 343 33 - 60 9 - 18 1 - 1.5 35 - 38 Middle beginner
255 - 400 347 - 393 63 - 90 19 - 29 2 - 2.5 39 - 45 Upper Beginner
397 - 433 93 - 120 30 - 40 3 - 3.5 46 - 53 Low Intermediate
405 - 600 437 - 473 123 - 150 41 - 52 4 54 - 57 Middle Intermediate
477 - 510 153 - 180 53 - 64 4.5 - 5 58 - 65 Intermediate
605 - 780 513 - 547 183 - 210 65 - 78 5.5 - 6 66 - 73 Low advanced
550 - 587 213 - 240 79 - 95 6.5 - 7 74 - 81 Middle advanced
785 - 900 590 - 637 243 - 270 96 - 110 7.5 - 8 82 - 90 Advanced
905 - 990 640 - 677 273 - 300 111 - 120 8.5 - 9 91 - 100 Upper Advanced


Source : Vancouver English Centre

Read more: Admission at Universities in Holland and Language and preparatory programmes.

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