Understanding the Inburgeringsexamen – The Dutch Civic Integration Exam

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The Inburgeringsexamen, also known as the Civic Integration Exam, is a test that immigrants must take in the Netherlands to demonstrate their knowledge of Dutch society and language. The exam assesses the individual’s ability to speak, read, and write in Dutch, as well as their knowledge of Dutch culture, laws, and social norms. The test is a requirement for non-EU citizens who wish to apply for permanent residency or citizenship in the Netherlands. Passing the exam is an important step towards successful integration into Dutch society.

The majority of immigrants from non-EU countries who wish to obtain a Dutch resident permit or apply for citizenship in the Netherlands are required to take the Inburgeringsexamen, also known as the civic integration exam. It is important to note that candidates may be exempted from the Dutch language exams if they possess a CNaVT certificate for profile PMT, PPT, PTHO, or PAT, or by taking a Staatsexamen NT2 in either Programma I or Programma II instead.

The Inburgeringsexamen is divided into five sections that cover topics related to Dutch laws and customs, including Dutch society, speaking, listening, reading, and writing competencies. Newcomers are tested on all sections at an A2 level, while longer-term residents may take the writing and reading competence sections at an A1 level. To determine whether you are considered a “new” or “old” comer, check with your gemeente.

For further information, visit the Inburgeringsexamen section of the DUO website, which is available in Dutch. Many language schools also offer Dutch courses to help prepare students for the Inburgeringsexamen.

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