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Competence Assessment, Short Course

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University rank #59 (WUR) Online
The Competence Assessment course at Wageningen University and Research will focus on competences such as organising capacity, analytical thinking, collaboration and personal characteristics. Obtaining a PhD degree demands a variety of skills, competences and qualities of the PhD candidate. 


The Competence Assessment course at Wageningen University and Research is not mandatory but we do strongly urge PhD candidates to participate, as it is a means through which PhD candidates can improve their competences and skills and get the most out of their PhD training. It is not an evaluation of the candidate by supervisors.


  • The assessment encompasses the following components:
  • Personality tests and an intelligence test which have to be filled in on line. These will be sent approximately 1 week prior to the personal meeting
  • The consultant will sent some striking results of the test and matching questions before the interview. In that way, the candidate can prepare her- or himself on the personal meeting.  
  • Two weeks later a personal meeting of 1 hour and 15 minutes with a consultant.
  • Within two weeks after the personal meeting, the consultant will send a first version of the assessment report, including possible recommendations, to the participant by email.
  • After receiving this first version the participants will get one week time to communicate with the assessment consultant on the outcome of the report in order to reach clarity and ensure understanding of its content. This can be done by mail or phone. If necessary, the assessment consultant will adjust the report afterwards and prepare the final version of the report. If the participant doesn’t react within one week, the final report will be the same as the first version.
  • The final version of the assessment report (a signed PDF file) will be sent to the participant by email.
  • Within one month after the personal meeting all participants will have received the final version of the assessment report.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 1 days
    • Duration description
      Online tests which the candidate has to fill in by his- or herself, followed by a personal meeting with an assessment consultant of 1.15 hour
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

This assessment:
  • Gives PhD candidates insight in their personal strengths and pitfalls with respect to fulfil the requirements set to obtain a PhD degree in the given 4-year period
  • Gives insight in the opportunities to overcome the pitfalls
  • Allows PhD candidates to follow a more tailor-made training programme related to the areas that need attention
  • Aims at providing more insights to the supervisors on how the candidate is best supervised (in case PhD candidate imposes no objection)


  • Nora Lubsen
  •  René Maas

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

The assessment is primarily meant for PhD candidates at the beginning of their PhD assignment.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    410 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 410 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 1 days.
  • EU/EEA

    410 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 410 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 1 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Reduced fee: PhD candidates of Wageningen University: € 100
  • University fee: All other PhD candidates: € 410


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