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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 are already meeting or expected to meet all of our minimum entry requirements at the time of application are given preference in our selection procedure. Therefore it is advised to take any supplementary test as soon as possible.

Preparatory education results

  • Please refer to the entry requirements overview and check whether you are meeting the English proficiency requirement to PPLE College through your secondary education diploma*.
  • If your English grade is insufficient or if English is not included in your final exam you need to take a supplementary English proficiency test to meet the English language requirement.

*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.

Test results

The specified scores below are minimum admissions requirements. Lower scores will not be accepted. If your scores are insufficient, you will need to retake the test. 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:

  • TOEFL Internet-based (iBT): overall score - 100
    • Reading - 24
    • Listening - 22
    • Speaking - 25
    • Writing - 24

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

  • TOEFL MyBest scores are not accepted. The subscore requirements must be met on one single test session. 
  • TOEFL home edition is not accepted. The test must be taken on location. 


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 minimum 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.