If you're a non-EU citizen aspiring to obtain Dutch nationality or permanent residence in the Netherlands, passing the Dutch integration exams, or inburgeringsexamen, is a crucial step. Luckily, Bart Nawijn from InburgeringOnline.nl offers valuable advice on self-studying for these exams.
The inburgeringsexamen, or Dutch integration exams, are mandatory for individuals aiming to become citizens or residents of the Netherlands. Two groups of candidates are required to take these exams:
While the exams may seem daunting, this article provides valuable tips to make your preparation easier.
About the integration exams
To become a Dutch permanent resident or citizen, you must pass five exams, four of which assess your proficiency in the Dutch language in reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Additionally, there is a Knowledge of Dutch Culture and Society (KNM) exam.
The language exams are categorized as A2 level (beginner) or B1 level (intermediate), depending on your entry date to the Netherlands. If you're uncertain about your level, it's advisable to contact DUO (The Education Executive Agency) or the IND (Dutch immigration authorities) for guidance.
Preparing for the exams through self-study
While attending courses at language schools is a common way to prepare for the exams, many skills and knowledge can also be acquired through self-study. In fact, numerous students have successfully passed their exams within a few months solely through self-study.
Handy self-study tips
Here are five valuable tips for self-study:
Bonus tip: When addressing skills and exam order, it is recommended to begin with receptive skills (reading and listening) before moving on to productive skills (speaking and writing). Finally, prepare for the KNM (knowledge of Dutch society) exam.
If you're unsure where to start preparing for the inburgeringsexamen, InburgeringOnline.nl offers guided self-study courses that require no books or classes.
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