The OLS language assessment provides Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps participants with an easy and simple way to assess their proficiency in the language that they will mostly use to study, work, or volunteer during their mobility abroad. By taking the OLS language assessment, they will be able to determine both their overall level in the language and their detailed performance in each linguistic competence (reading comprehension, listening comprehension, grammatical competence and lexical competence), with final scores in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
The OLS language assessment is also a quick way for participants to assess whether they might need additional linguistic support, in order to make the most of their exchange abroad.
The OLS language assessment is compulsory. Higher Education students must take the language assessment before their departure, as it is a prerequisite for the mobility period. However, in no case will the results of the assessment prevent them from taking part in the mobility activity. On the contrary, participants will have the chance to follow a language course, in order to improve their level and be best prepared for their mobility period.
By taking the final OLS language assessment upon return from their mobility, Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps mobility participants will have the possibility to evaluate how their language level has developed during their stay abroad. Additionally, the final language assessment helps participants to quantify their own progress. After having taken each of the OLS assessments, participants will be able to save and print their language assessment results for further reference.
Aggregated data of the OLS language assessment and courses will be utilised by the European Commission for statistical purposes, in order to assess the impact of mobility activities and of the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes on strengthening linguistic skills.