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English language requirements

Please note that it takes some time for English language test results to be published, so make sure you book a test date that is early enough for the results to reach PPLE before 20 July.

Candidates who no longer need to overcome any deficiencies are placed higher in the ranking. Therefore we advise all candidates to take any supplementary test as soon as possible. The sooner you overcome your deficiencies, the better your chances.

Native speakers

If (and only if) you have obtained your English-taught secondary school diploma* in

  • Australia,
  • Canada (except Quebec),
  • Ireland,
  • New Zealand,
  • the United Kingdom, or
  • the United States of America,

you are considered to be a native English speaker and you will not be asked to send us proof of your proficiency in English.

*Please note that you are only exempted from a supplementary test if you obtained your diploma less than two years before the start of the progamme.


Preparatory education results

You do not have to send us separate proof of your proficiency in English if you have: 

  • A Dutch VWO diploma with a final grade of 8.0 or higher in English,
  • A grade B in GCSE English language or a grade B in IGCSE first language English,
  • A US high school diploma with a final grade B+ in grade 12 English,
  • An IB diploma with Group 1 English A or Group 2 English B Standard Level with a score of 5 or higher,
  • A European Baccalaureate with a passing grade in English as Language 1 or 7.0 or higher in English as Language 2,
  • A German secondary education diploma with a final grade of Sehr Gut in English in the Abiturpr├╝fung.

Please check the specific English grade requirements for your diploma type in our entry requirements overview:


Test results

The specified scores below are minimum admissions requirements. The higher your scores, the better your chances of proceeding further in the admissions procedure. When you send in the results, please refer to the contact details of test centres below.

PPLE College only accepts sufficient test scores that have been obtained less than two years before the start of the programme. 



Required minimum test scores:

  • Paper-based: overall score of 600, with a score of 5.5 for the Test of Written English
  • Internet-based: overall score of 100, and minimum scores of 24 for Reading, 22 for Listening, 25 for Speaking, and 24 for Writing.

The TOEFL reporting number is 9011 - University of Amsterdam. Students will need to enter this code on their answer sheets when sitting the examination.


Required minimum test score:

  • IELTS academic: overall score of 7.0, and not more than one subscore on 6.5. All other subscores must be at least 7.0.


Required minimum test scores:

  • CAE or CPE - C1 with a minumum score of 190

You must make your own arrangements to take any of these tests, and pay any fee required. It takes some time for the results to be published, so make sure you book a test date that is early enough for the results to reach PPLE before July. 

Test preparation

For preparatory courses and materials, please refer to the testing organisations mentioned above. Students residing in the Netherlands are recommended to visit the British Language Training Centre (BLTC) in Amsterdam: 

Non-EEA applicants

For immigration purposes, all students who are required to apply for a visa or residence permit must demonstrate that they will meet the English proficiency requirement before 1 May. Thus you either need to provide PPLE College with sufficient test scores of one of the beforementioned test providers before this deadline, or your most recent secondary education transcript demonstrates that you will meet the English requirement through your diploma.