Language test for non-native speakers is awarded the prestigious ‘Q-label’

(18-05-2017) High-quality language tests are of great importance in an increasingly global academic world.

This means that the prestigious Q-label now proudly displayed on test certificates for the Interuniversity Language Test of Dutch is an important accreditation.

Last year the University Language Centre received some good news: the Interuniversity Language Test of Dutch had successfully earned the Q-label, following an extensive ALTE audit. Now that all parties involved have signed the official agreement, the Q-label emblem can be proudly displayed on the test certificate.

ALTE, the Association of Language Testers in Europe, aims to set standardised and common criteria. Famous ALTE members include Cambridge English Language Assessment, the Instituto Cervantes and the Goethe Institut. Before awarding a Q-label, the organisation will conduct an extensive audit based on 17 quality criteria and then recognise the particular test for the appropriate language(s) at the test centre concerned. Two tests have currently earned this Q-label for the Dutch language: the Certificate for Dutch as a Foreign Language (for the CEFR level B2) and the Interuniversity Language Test of Dutch (for both CEFR levels B2 and C1).

The Interuniversity Language Test of Dutch was developed by the Interuniversity Testing Consortium (IUTC), an association between Ghent University, Antwerp University, KU Leuven and VUB. It is used as part of the teacher’s language system in the integration decree and is also one of the recognised language tests given to candidate students to demonstrate whether they meet the appropriate Dutch language entry terms for IUTC partner universities and several colleges. The consortium has also developed the Interuniversity Test of Academic English (ITACE) for students and teachers, and both have already been internationally approved.