Vrije Universiteit Brussel

English Language test (TOEFL)

Who for?

All students coming from outside the EEA, who wish to register to study in English at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Exemptions :

  • Students who have succesfully completed at least one year of secondary education with English as the language of tuition.
  • Students with a primary education certificate with English as the language of tuition.
  • Students who have been awarded at least 15 credits in higher education with English as the language of tuition.
  • Students who have completed secondary education (ASO) in Belgium
  • Students who have passed one of following specific English language tests: TOEFL (min. 550 paper-based, 213 computerbased, 80 internet-based), IELTS (min. academic module 6.5), Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (Grade B) of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (Grade C) or TOEIC (min. 860).


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  • The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) that is organised three times a year (in June, September and October) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel language institute is known as the ‘institutional testing program’ (ITP). The ITP TOEFL is administered to prospective English-language programme VUB students and scores earned are for use by the VUB only. Students who need TOEFL scores for admission to universities and institutions other than the VUB must take the TOEFL test at a TOEFL paper/pencil or computer-based administration.
  • The ITP TOEFL test evaluates students’ knowledge of English at the intermediate to advanced levels. The questions in each section are in multiple-choice format with four possible answers per question. There are three sections in the test: Listening Comprehension, Structure and Written Expression, and Reading Comprehension.
  • The test takes approximately 2 hours.
  • Immediately after the test has been administered, the test books are returned to the TOEFL agency responsible for scoring and scores are (usually) made available within the next 10 days.
  • Under no circumstances will the enrolment fee be refunded.
  • Each faculty determines for itself which scores are required. A score of 550 or 600 is generally considered acceptable.
  • Scores can be obtained from the faculties or Registration Office.
  • Scores are final and cannot be negotiated.  

The dates of the tests are:

  • Friday, 14th June 2013 (deadline: 24th May 2013)
  • Friday, 6th September 2013 (deadline: 12th August 2013)
  • Friday, 27th September 2013 (deadline: 6th September 2013)

The tests are held at the VUB campus (further information upon registration) and begin at 9 am. Students are expected to arrive no later than 8.45 am and will be asked to provide proof of identity (ID or passport).

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Testees are required to register at the ACTO office. The registration fee is €55 (in cash). Under no circumstances will the registration fee be refunded.

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More information?

For further information regarding the TOEFL-test please contact the ACTO secretary.

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