Product

Radboud Academic Test of English (RATEr)

Objective

RATEr is an assessment of academic English. It aims to determine whether students, prospective students, PhD candidates and other academic researchers possess the required language proficiency to take an English-taught degree programme at Wageningen University & Research or Radboud University Nijmegen.

These universities each have their own rules regarding RATEr acceptance for admission. See the table below for details.

Who does the RATEr give admmission to and to which university?

Target group Radboud University Wageningen University & Research
(incoming) students with Dutch nationality yes yes
EU students with non-Dutch nationality no yes
non-EU students with non-Dutch nationality no no
PhD candidates and other academic researchers yes yes

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

    Content

    RATEr consists of four components:

    • Reading skills
    • Writing skills
    • Speaking skills
    • Listening skills

    You can find more information about the RATEr content here.

    Level of the test

    The RATEr test is based on the European Framework of Reference (EFR). and tests from B2 level. The English language proficiency required to study at a Dutch university or university of applied sciences is B2 level.

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

    Following the test, the candidate will receive a certificate stating the results with a short explanation.

    Take the test on campus or at home

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    The RATEr is an admission test for Wageningen University & Research and Radboud University Nijmegen. The RATEr is organised by Wageningen in’to Languages and Radboud in’to Languages. You can register for a test on location (Radboud University Nijmegen campus) or for an online exam at home. Proctoring software is used for the online assessment.

    Communication with participants taking the RATEr on campus is done from Radboud in’to Languages. Communication with participants taking the test at home is done from Wageningen in’to Languages.

    Taking the test on campus or at home has no consequences for the content of the test. The certificate you receive upon completion is the same.

    There are no entry requirements for the test: everyone can take it. Should you fail to pass one or more of the components, you cannot retake individual components at a later time. However, you can re-register for the whole test. You will have to pay for it again.

    Test dates

    Date RATEr On Radboud University campus Online at home Registration deadline Result
    Thursday 12 January 2023 Yes No Wednesday 4 January 2023 12:00 hrs Friday 27 January 2023
    Tuesday 4 April 2023 Yes Yes Monday 27 March 2023 12:00 hrs Monday 1 May 2023
    Tuesday 23 May 2023 Yes Yes Monday 15 May 2023 12:00 hrs Tuesday 13 June 2023
    Tuesday 6 June 2023 Yes Yes Monday 29 May 2023 12:00 hrs Tuesday 27 June 2023
    Thursday 6 July 2023 No Yes Wednesday 28 June 2023 12:00 hrs Thursday 27 July 2023
    Friday 11 August 2023 Yes No Thursday 3 August 2023 12:00 hrs Monday 28 August 2023
    Thursday 2 November 2023 Yes Yes Wednesday 25 October 2023 12:00 hrs Thursday 23 November 2023

    Registration

    Registration for the RATEr on campus is via Radboud in’to Languages.

    Registration for the RATEr online at home is via Wageningen in’to Languages.

    When you register, please indicate the university for which you want to use the RATEr admission certificate: Wageningen University & Research or Radboud University and also if you want to become a student or PhD candidate. You can indicate this in the field for 'reference'.

    Why use the RATEr?

    • The RATEr was developed by Radboud in’to Languages and the Faculty of Arts at Radboud University Nijmegen and focuses on academic language use and the academic setting.
    • The RATEr has been used at Nijmegen and Wageningen universities on fixed dates since 2016.
    • The components of the RATEr are extensively pre-tested and give reliable results, comparable to Cambridge, IELTS or TOEFL.

    Fees

    €225 for all components (including certificate).

    You will receive an invoice after the registration deadline has passed.

    Results

    The participants will receive their results by email no later than 15 business days after taking the test. This applies when the candidate has paid.

    The certificate will then be sent by post.

    Assessment Regulations

    Assessment regulations RATEr (on campus)

    Assesment Regulations RATEr (online)

    More information

    If you would like to know more about taking the test online, at home, please contact the Wageningen in’to Languages Service Centre:

    T: +31 317 482552 E: into@wur.nl

    If you would like to know more about taking the test on campus, please contact the Radboud in’to Languages Service Centre:

    T: +31 24 361 21 59 E: info@into.ru.nl

    * Requirements online test

    In order to participate in the online RATEr exam, the following must be in order:

    *Remote proctoring