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Radboud Academic Test of English


RATEr is a 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.


€ 185

The test results shall be published after 15 days and only when payment has been received.


You can register by clicking the orange button on the right-hand side of this page. Please note that registrations close 7 days before each exam date.

Dates (Academic year 2019/2020)

Test date Closing date for registration
April 16, 2020 April 2, 2020
May 28, 2020 May 14, 2020
June 5, 2020* May 22, 2020
July 9, 2020 June 25, 2020

* Last opportunity to take a test before the enrolment deadline for Master’s programmes in 2020.

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.

More information

If you would like to know more about RATEr or would like to start using this test, please contact our Service Centre:

T: +31 (0)317 48 25 52

Assessment Regulations