The State Exams Dutch as a Second Language (Nt2: Nederlands als tweede taal) are official language proficiency exams for non-native adult speakers, that want to be able to prove their level of proficiency in Dutch. Reasons for acquiring a Diploma of the State Examens Nt2 are to be able to study or work in the Netherlands. The Diploma State Exams Nt2 is officially recognized by the Dutch government.
1. The diploma Dutch as a Second Language
2. Preparing for the exams
3. The day of the exams
Dutch as a second language for study or work
The State Exams are available in two different levels of proficiency:
-Programme I is intended for people who want to work or study at vocational level (mbo).The language level of Programme I is B1, according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
-Programme II is intended for people who want to work or study at higher educational level (hbo) or university level (wo).The language level of Programme II is B2, according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
Most educational institutions require prospective students that haven’t finished secondary education in the Netherlands, to prove they are sufficiently fluent in Dutch by passing the State Exams Nt2.
However, schools are free to determine their own admission requirements for students. Having passed the State Exams Nt2 does therefore not mean that you are automatically admitted to an educational institution. You are advised to contact the institution you would like to attend to inquire about their admission requirements.
The State Exams Nt2 consist of four parts. Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking. After passing a part of the exams, you will receive a certificate of completion for that part. After passing all four parts of the exams, you can exchange the four certificates for a Diploma State Exams Nt2.
All parts of the exams are taken on a computer.
It is not mandatory to take a language course before taking the State Exams Nt2. Taking a language course and/or exam training can, however, help you be better prepared for the exams.
Registration for the exams can be done via the website of DUO. The examinations are held eight times per year at several different locations in the Netherlands: Amsterdam, Eindhoven (two separate locations), Rijswijk, Rotterdam, Zwolle and Utrecht. In order to participate, you must be able to show a valid ID on the day of the exam. The exam can only be taken in person in the Netherlands.
The State Exams Nt2 cost €45,00 per part (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking). Taking all four exams will amount to €180,00.
This applies to both Programme I and Programme II.
The Diploma State Exams Nt2 can be used to meet the language requirements of ‘Inburgering’ and ‘Naturalisatie’.
Contact the Helpdesk State Exams Nt2 via 020-525 3844 or firstname.lastname@example.org