The State Exams Dutch as a Second Language (Nt2) are the national language proficiency exams for non-native adult speakers, who want to study or work in the Netherlands. The Diploma State Exams Nt2 is officially recognized by the government.

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    the State Exams Dutch as a Second Language

Dutch as a second language for study or work

There are exams at two proficiency levels.

  • Programme I is intended for pepole who want to enter vocational training (mbo) or for those who want to apply for a professional career in the Dutch labour market at vocational level. The language level of this programme is B1 (CEFR).
  • Programme II is intended for people who want to enter higher education (hbo) or university studies (wo) or for those who apply for a job at an academic level. The language level of this programme is B2 (CEFR).

Most schools in mbo, higher education or universities only accept students who have a diploma State Exam Nt2. But please be aware; schools are free to determine their own admission requirements for students. So it does not mean that when you have the Diploma State Exam Nt2, you will automatically be permitted.

The exams

The State Exams Nt2 consist of four parts. Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking. The tests are all computer based.

Language courses: state exam training

It is not mandatory to do a language course, but language courses and/or exam training will help you to be better prepared before entering the exams. For example, a teacher can give you tips on how to improve your Dutch.


You can register for the exams via the website of DUO. The examinations are held a number of times per year at seven locations in the Netherlands: Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Amersfoort (only on predetermined Saturdays), Oisterwijk, Rotterdam, Rijswijk and Zwolle. In order to participate, you must have a valid ID. The exam can only be taken in the Netherlands.


A State Exam Nt2 costs €45,00 per language skill. In total it will cost you €180,00. This applies to both Programme I and Programme II.

Integration obligation

The Diploma State Exams Nt2 serves for the language requirements of ‘Inburgering’ and ‘Naturalisatie’.



Contact the Helpdesk State Exams Nt2 via 020-525 3844 or