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RATEr (online)

Radboud Academic Test of English


RATEr is an online test of academic English. The test aims to determine whether prospective students, students and PhD candidates and other academic researchers possess the required English proficiency to follow an English-taught degree programme or to perform academic activities in an international higher education environment.

You can take the RATEr at Wageningen in’to Languages as part of your application for a master’s or minor programme at WUR. The RATEr is also an accepted test of English proficiency for the Wageningen Graduate Schools.


RATEr consists of four components:

  • Reading skills and academic vocabulary
  • Writing skills for an academic environment
  • Speaking skills for an academic environment
  • Listening skills for an academic environment

You can find more information on the right-hand side of this page.

Target audience

  • Current and prospective students
  • PhD candidates at institutes of higher education.

Please click here for the admission requirements for Bachelor students of Wageningen University and here for the admission requirements for Master students of Wageningen University.

Level of the test

The RATEr test is based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and tests from B2 to C1 level.

After taking the test, the candidate is awarded one of the following qualifications:

  • Candidate has not yet mastered the B2 level
  • Candidate performs successfully at the B2 level (comparable to IELTS 6.0-6.5 and TOEFL iBT 80-100)

Practical information

There are no entry requirements for the test, anyone is allowed to participate. If you fail to pass one or more components of the test, it will not be possible to retake any components separately. It is, however, possible to register again for the full test. There are no discounts for re-registrations.


Students €185,-
PhD candidates €240,-

Wageningen in’to Languages will notify a candidate of the results of an assessment by email within ten (10) working days after they have sat it. Only when payment has been received.

Dates (Academic year 2020)

The RATEr is organized five times a year. Please find the next upcoming date below:

Date Latest possible registration
15-apr 2021 7-apr 2021 12:00h


You can register by clicking the orange button on the right-hand side of this page. PLEASE NOTE: In order to participate in the online RATEr exam, the following must be in order:

Remote proctoring

Reliable test

RATEr was developed by Radboud in’to Languages and the Faculty of Arts of Radboud University Nijmegen. This test has been extensively pre-tested with various user groups and has been calibrated to the standard of other well-known international tests. RATEr has proven to be a highly reliable and useful test with a high predictive value.

Assessment Regulations

Assesment Regulations RATEr (online)