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Academic Writing Skills

Academic writing skills are essential in order to successfully complete your BA degree. While these skills are taught during your BA programme, extra guidance and support are available if you need them. Below is an overview of the writing support available for BA students.

Academic Literacy Test

All first-year students take this diagnostic test, which is designed to assess your academic skills (reading, writing and reasoning) in order to determine whether you would benefit from extra academic writing support during your first year.

Please note that this is not a language test like TOEFL or IELTS: it is designed to make sure both native and non-native speakers of English get the support and guidance they need. There is also a Dutch version of the test, for students who are doing a degree where the language of instruction is Dutch.

This year the test will take place on Wednesday 29 September from 19:15 CET. All first-year Bachelor's students will receive information about the test by email well in advance. More information is available in the Course Catalogue:

Writing Centre

The Writing Centre provides free workshops and individual appointments to support you with your academic writing: from assignments to papers, essays and theses. These services are available for both native and non-native speakers of English, and for both BA and MA students. The Writing Centre is staffed by student tutors: MA and PhD students from a range of disciplines who have been trained to coach other students.

For more information or to make an appointment, follow the link below:

Academic Writing Support Course

If you fail the Academic Literacy Test, you will be invited to take an Academic Writing Support course. This course consists of 6 two-hour sessions and provides you with extra support and individual writing feedback that will be useful to you throughout your degree.

For more information, please contact the course coordinator, Hannah Kousbroek.