Are you starting an English language Bachelor’s or Master’s at VU Amsterdam? Some degree programmes at the university require proof of English language proficiency as an admission requirement. One convenient option is the TOEFL ITP, organized by Taalloket around fifteen times each academic year. Other options include the TOEFL iBT, IELTS and Cambridge exam.


At the moment, many of our TOEFL ITP tests will be completed at home, using a special online edition called the TOEFL ITP Digital. Please check the technical requirements and frequently asked questions about the online edition.

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, the use of online language tests for international students (seeking admission for the 2021-2022 academic year) is still under assessment at government level. 

About the TOEFL ITP

The TOEFL ITP consists of 140 multiple-choice questions which test your listening and reading comprehension and writing skills. This written exam takes two hours. Each section of the exam is scored separately, and all these scores together make up your final score.

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is one of the most widely used English language proficiency tests in the world. The results of this test are recognized universally.

The TOEFL ITP has been developed especially for educational institutions. This is a shorter and less expensive version of the full TOEFL exam. Please note that this is an institution-specific test, meaning results are only valid at VU Amsterdam, and not at other institutions.

Also see the information on other English language proficiency tests.

You can find a great deal of information about the TOEFL test on the internet. We have compiled some sites for you here. It will be worth your while to study some sample questions in advance: if you’re aware of the question format in advance, you’ll go into the test feeling more confident and you’ll avoid surprises.

You could also take a look at the Test Taker Handbook. The handbook tells you exactly what to expect on test day, and also contains some practice questions. The TOEFL ITP is a level 1 test. 

Finally, you can take part in the TOEFL ITP training course. The Taalloket organizes this course a couple of times per academix year. 

The TOEFL ITP costs €90. While registering, you can pay directly using iDeal.

Total scores vary from 311 to 677 points. Most degree programmes require a total score of 580; a few require more, up to 610. Please note that your required score is determined by your individual degree programme, not by Taalloket.

When you take the TOEFL ITP Digital (at home), your total score appears right after the test. While this is called the 'unofficial score report', the score itself is actually accurate. Six working days after the test, the offical score reports arrive at Taalcentrum-VU. We'll notify you straight away, and offer you the options of picking it up yourself or having it sent to your home address. Unfortunately, ETS Global does not allow scanning and emailing the reports.

When you take the paper-based TOEFL ITP, you receive an email stating your total score approximately two weeks after the test. A few days later (2.5-3 weeks after the test), you'll receive another email saying you can pick up your score report. 

The score report mentioned above is the official document needed for your application. Please note that Taalloket will not turn in any results to your degree programme’s administrative department – you are expected to take care of that yourself. 

Your TOEFL ITP results remain valid for two years. Please note: ITP (‘Institutional Testing Program’) means that the results are only valid at the institution where the test was administered, in this case at VU.

NOTE: Disappointingly, the digital edition of TOEFL ITP is not yet suited to providing extra time. In order to take part in an on-campus session with extra time, please contact

Students with dyslexia, a disability or a chronic illness, are allowed 50% extra time on the reading and writing sections of the test. This means an extra 40 minutes in total. You can also apply for other non-standard test accommodations (e.g. large print version). 

How to apply for extra time

  1. Download the Guide for test takers with disabilities.
  2. Fill out pages 4-8: Request for Nonstandard Testing Accommodations.
  3. What test: none (ignore the fact that TOEFL ITP is not given)
  4. For Dyslexia select other: Dyslexia
  5. Additional time: 50% (100% will not be granted)
  6. Scan the completed Request for Nonstandard Testing Accommodations and scan your docters statement.
  7. Send both scanned documents to Write in the subject line of your email: ‘ITP TOEFL [test date] at Taalcentrum-VU’.
  8. You will receive an approval email from ETS Global within one week. Please forward this email to no later than three days before your TOEFL ITP test date.

You can cancel your TOEFL ITP up until one week before the test day. That way, other students may still use your spot. Please cancel by sending an email to

When you cancel your TOEFL ITP on time we charge a € 7,50 administration fee. We can only arrange a refund of € 82,50 when you cancel on time.

Provided there are places left, you may switch to another test day up until one week before the test day you originally signed up for.

This cancellation policy applies to the academic year of 2020-2021. 

Exam dates

Test date Day Time Last day of registration Administration

14 October 2020

Wednesday 09:30-12:00 2 October 2020 Online

26 November 2020

Thursday 09:30-12:00 14 November 2020 Online

9 December 2020

Wednesday 13:30-16:00 27 November 2020 Online

15 December 2020

Tuesday 09:30-12:00 3 December 2020 Online

19 January 2021

Tuesday 09:30-12:00 7 January 2021 Online 

9 February 2021

Tuesday 13:30-16:00 28 January 2021 VU campus

17 February 2021

Wednesday 09:30-12:00 5 February 2021 Online or at VU

18 March 2021

Thursday 09:30-12:00 6 March 2021 Online or at VU

6 April 2021

Tuesday 13:30-16:00 25 March 2021 Online or at VU

21 April 2021

Wednesday 09:30-12:00 9 April 2021 Online or at VU

14 May 2021

Friday 09:30-12:00 2 May 2021 Online or at VU

26 May 2021

Wednesday 13:30-16:00 14 May 2021 Online or at VU

10 June 2021

Thursday 09:30-12:00 29 May 2021 Online or at VU

25 June 2021

Friday 09:30-12:00 13 June 2021 Online or at VU

July dates will appear here soon.


August dates will appear here soon.


 If the remaining exam dates don't suit you or if there is no more date available, you can check other language proficiency tests that are accepted by VU, like IELTS or the Cambridge Exam.


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