If you’re from a country outside the EU and you move to the Netherlands, you are required to
integrate/get a Dutch residence permit. DUO (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs)* will send you a
letter telling you the date on which you have to start your integration. Beginning with this date,
you have 3 years to integrate. This is called the integration period. In this period of 3 years you
are expected to take a Civic Integration exam, het Inburgeringsexamen.
Passing the Civic Integration exam also applies to those who want to get Dutch citizenship.
The exam consists of six sections. The four language skills (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing), the
Knowledge of Dutch Society exam (KNM), and Orientation on the Dutch Labour Market (ONA).
The exams take place at one of the exam locations in the Netherlands.
* Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs operates on behalf of the ministry of education, and keeps track of all students who are
studying in the Netherlands, including Civic Integration Exam candidates.
Registering for the exam
You can register for the integration exam in Mijn Inburgering. Register for the exam well in advance.
Especially if you are nearing the end of your integration period.
Due to the measures against the coronavirus (COVID-19), fewer people can take an exam at the same time.
It may take longer than usual until you can take the exam. You may have to wait for more than 6 weeks.
Cancelling the exam
You can cancel your exam in Mijn Inburgering. Cancel no later than 2 weeks before the exam to get your
2) The 6 sections of the exam
1) Reading, A2 level
This exam consists of texts with 25 multiple-choice questions. The test is done on the computer and takes
65 minutes. You must answer at least 18 questions correctly. For preparation of the reading exam we can
recommend our online inburgeringscursus: reading course.
2) Listening, A2 level
This exam consists of audio clips with 25 multiple-choice questions. The test is done on the computer and
takes 35 minutes. You must answer at least 19 questions correctly to pass. For preparation of the listening
exam we can recommend our online inburgeringscursus: listening course.
3) Writing, A2 level
This section is done with pen and paper. It consists of four assignments: filling in a form, writing one or two
short messages, and one or two open writing assignments. The test takes 40 minutes. For preparation of the
writing exam we can recommend our online inburgeringscursus: writing course.
4) Speaking, A2 level
This exam consists 12 open questions and 12 multiple-choice questions.
For the first 12 questions there are videos to which you need to respond out loud. The test is done on the
computer and your responses are recorded. The second part consists of 12 videos with dialogues. One
person in the dialogue will say something. Before the other person starts to speak the video stops and
you have to choose the best answer from the multiple-choice options. For preparation of the
speaking exam we can recommend our online inburgeringscursus: speaking course.
5) Knowledge of Dutch Society exam (KNM)
The KNM exam is a test about Dutch society. Some of the subjects you will get questions about are the Dutch
customs and habits, the educational system, the health care system, housing, history and geography etc.
The exam consists of 45 multiple-choice questions and is in Dutch. You need to answer 26 questions correctly
to pass. The test takes 45 minutes.
We will soon provide effective and efficient course material for KNM* on our platform but for now we recommend
that you study from the book Welkom in Nederland. There is also a summary about the book available here.
6) Orientation on the Dutch Labour Market (ONA)
The Orientation on the Dutch Labour Market (ONA) exam is about working and identifying opportunities on the
Dutch labor market. This is done by compiling a portfolio.
In addition to the portfolio, the exam consists of a choice of two components:
A final interview based on your portfolio or 64 hours of ONA courses.
You don't need to take the ONA exam if:
- You had to start your integration before 1 January 2015.
- You have gained an you have an MBO level 1 diploma.
- You worked in the Netherlands under the conditions laid down in this link.
For more information on the ONA exam, visit the ONA Exam page.
3) The Inburgering exam and COVID-19
LATEST EXAM NEWS (Aug. 2021):
The level of the inburgering exam is planned to go up from A2 to B1. However, according to the latest news the exam
is strongly expected to remain at A2 level also in 2022. When exactly the level will go up is not yet clear. So, be smart
and start studying now for a comfortable preparation process for your A2 level exams!
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