ITACE for Lecturers

The Interuniversity Test of Academic English (ITACE) for Lecturers is a test of proficiency in English for Academic Purposes. The test is developed and administered by members of the Interuniversity Testing Consortium (IUTC) including the language centres of KU Leuven, the University of Antwerp, Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

These university language centres have collaborated to create their own, flexible language test to be offered as an alternative to existing standardized tests such as TOEFL and IELTS. Their extensive expertise in academic English ensures that the ITACE for Lecturers is a reliable test that meets international test standards.

In April 2014, at the request of the VLIR (Flemish Interuniversity Council), the ITACE for Lecturers was evaluated and validated by an international panel of independent experts. To this end, a self-assessment report was prepared according to ALTE’s 17 minimum standards, followed by a quality review visit of the expert panel.

The ITACE for Lecturers assesses English proficiency in an academic context using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It should be noted, however, that the sole aim of the test is language assessment. As such, it is in no way intended to reflect academic success in general.

All sentences, texts and listening fragments used in the test were taken from a wide range of authentic scientific, academic, and general contexts.


The ITACE is not an online test: it can only be taken at the campuses of one of the universities mentioned above.

All exams are subject to change, depending on the development of the COVID-situation. You will be notified of any changes by the test centre.