Language Tests and Certificates

Standardised language tests are an important part of student selection in most universities, this applies also to student exchange

OLS Languge Test for Outgoing Erasmus Students

All outgoing Erasmus Studetns are required to take a compulsory Online Languge Test before and after their exchange period. The test is done in the language used in studying  at the host country. The student will receive a link to the OLS test after they have confirmed their exchange in SoleMOVE. All students are allocated a test in English regardless of the destination country. However, if you know that you will not be studying in English, it is possible to take the test also in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Dutch, Polish, Czech, Danish or Swedish. If you need to take the OLS test in any of these, please send an email to international.office(at)oulu.fi

OLS Test gives you a result according to the CEFR scaling System: A1 (worst), A2, B1, B2, C1 or C2 (best). Is your result is A1, A2 or B1 the system will send you a link to a language course that helps you improve your language skills. The course is not compulsory. If the student receives a result B2, C1 or C2, you will not receive any link to a language course. However, if you wish to take a course in the lanaguage of the host country, you can do one in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Dutch, Polish, Czech, Danish or Swedish. In order to do that, please send an email to international.office(at)oulu.fi

If you are going on Erasmus Exchange but have not reiceved alink to OLS Test, please check your Junk Email. You can get a new link to OLS test by sending an email to international.office(at)oulu.fi

CEFR Certificates

When applying to destinations inside or outside Europe, students are often required to get a CEFR Language Certificate from the Language Services if their
destination does not specifically require TOEFL or IELTS test.
Language Services organises tests on specific dates only, so students should reserve a time for a test as soon as they are informed that they needto take the test. Language Services offers two different types of cer tificate: 1) one that is written based on the courses the student has studied at the Language Services and 2) one that is written after a short exam. Check which certificate is accepted for specific destination coordinated by the International Services. A test time can be reserved by e-mail at arja.alin(at)oulu.fi.
For more information please see the Language Services’ web page www.oulu.fi/taydennyskoulutus/node/16651.

TOEFL and IELTS

TOEFL and IELTS are probably the most well known and recognized language tests. TOEFL and IELTS can be taken in Helsinki several times per year. TOEFL test is available in Helsinki and it is organised by Premeria in their Prometric Test Centre. For more information about the test and the available dates can be found from www.premeria.fi
Sign up for TOEFL can be done either online at www.ets.org/toefl or by phone +31 320 239 540.
TOEFL practice material for the test is online at www.toefl.org.
IELTS test in Finland is organised by Finnbrit which is also located in Helsinki. Test costs EUR 225 and the results are available 13 days after taking the test. Sign up for the test can be done online at www.finnbrit.fi/exams-tests/ielts. Practice material for the test is available from the same address.
For more information, call Finnbrit +358 (0)9 687 70420.

 

 

Last updated: 11.1.2017