Are you starting an English language Bachelor’s or Master’s at VU Amsterdam? Then it’s important to gain an insight into your English language proficiency before starting on your program. 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.

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 University, 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.

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

The TOEFL ITP costs €80. While registering, you can pay directly using iDeal.

Approximately three weeks after the test day, the individual score reports are sent back to Taalloket and you will receive an email saying you can pick it up. This score report 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.

Total scores vary from 311 to 677 points. You usually need a score between 580 and 610 to pass. Please note that your required score is determined by your individual degree programme, not by Taalloket.

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.

Students with dyslexia are allowed 50% extra time on the reading and writing sections of the test. This means an extra 40 minutes in total.

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. Select other: Dyslexia
  5. Additional time: 50% (100% will not be granted)
  6. Scan the completed Request for Nonstandard Testing Accommodations and scan your dyslexia 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 3 weeks 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 € 72,50 when you cancel on time.

This cancellation policy applies to the academic year of 2016-2017.

Exam dates

Date Day Time Deadline registration
30 October 2017  Monday 10:45-13:15 13 October 2017
22 November 2017 Wednesday 09:30-12:00 07 November 2017
14 December 2017 Thursday 09:30-12:00 29 November 2017 
08 February 2018 Thursday 13:30-16:00 24 January 2018
28 February 2018 Wednesday 13:30-16:00 09 February 2018
08 March 2018 Thursday 09:30-12:00 21 February 2018
19 March 2018 Monday 13:30-16:00 04 March 2018
06 April 2018 Friday 09:30-12:00 22 March 2018
23 April 2018 Monday 13:30-16:00 06 April 2018
03 May 2018 Thursday 09:30-12:00 16 April 2018
18 May 2018 Friday 09:30-12:00 03 May 2018
7 June 2018 Thursday 13:30-16:00 23 May 2018
14 June 2018 Thursday 09:30-12:00 30 May 2018
25 June 2018 Monday 09:30-12:00 08 June 2018
05 July 2018 Thursday 09:30-12:00 20 June 2018
12 July 2018 Thursday 13:30-16:00 27 June 2018
23 July 2018


13:30-16:00 06 July 2018
30 July 2018  Monday 09:30-12:00 13 July 2018
02 August 2018  Thursday 09:30-12:00 18 July 2018
06 August 2018 Monday 09:30-12:00 20 July 2018

* Taalloket organizes 15 to 20 exams every college year. The last exam is always in the first week of August.
Are you are not able to sign up for one of the exam dates or is there no more date available? The VU accepts also other language proficiency tests, like IELTS or the Cambridge Exam.

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