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.

ANNOUNCEMENT: The remaining TOEFL ITP tests of this academic year will be completed at home, using a special online edition. The tests still take place on the dates and times below. Candidates are provided with all necessary instructions by email.

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.

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, 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 two 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 € 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 2019-2020. 

Exam dates


Test date



Last day of registration

25 September 2019



11 September

27 November 2019



13 November

18 December 2019



4 December

4 February 2020 Tuesday 09:30-12:00 21 January
14 February 2020 Friday 13:30-16:00 2 February
18 February 2020 Tuesday 13:30-16:00 4 February
9 March 2020 Monday 13:30-16:00 23 February 
22 April 2020 Wednesday 09:30-12:00 8 April
7 May 2020 Thursday 09:30-12:00 23 April
19 May 2020 Tuesday 13:30-16:00 5 May
9 June 2020 Tuesday 09:30-12:00 26 May
24 June 2020 Wednesday 13:30-16:00 10 June
3 July 2020 (FULL) Friday 09:30-12:00 19 June
7 July 2020 (FULL) Tuesday 09:30-12:00 23 June
16 July 2020 Thursday 13:30-16.00 2 July
22 July 2020 Wednesday 13:30-16:00

 8 July

28 July 2020 Tuesday 09:30-12:00 14 July
4 August 2020 Tuesday 09:30-12:00 21 July
7 August 2020 Friday 09:30-12:00 24 July

* Taalloket organizes 15 to 20 exams every academic year. The last exam is always scheduled in the first week of August. If you are not able to sign up for one of the exam dates or if there is no more date available, you can check the other accepted language proficiency tests, like IELTS or the Cambridge Exam.

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