Taking the examination

The basic integration examination abroad tests your command of the Dutch language and knowledge of Dutch society. This is tested by taking an exam at the Dutch embassy (or at the consulate) in your country of origine or your country of permanent residence. The country of permanent residence is the country that allows the foreigner to stay for more than 3 months on the basis of any residence permit.

Applying for the examination

You can apply for the basic examination yourself. To do so please go towww.naarnederland.nl

The exam will take place at the Dutch embassy or consulate in the country of origine or in a neighbouring country.


The basic examination includes  3 sections:

  1. Speaking – you must be able to speak Dutch.
  2. Reading – you must be able to read Dutch.
  3. Knowledge of Dutch society  – you must know how we relate to each other in the Netherlands. You must also know the rules in the Netherlands. 


How does the examination work?


There are 2 types of questions:

  1. You see a man or a woman on the screen who asks a question. You must answer the question. 
  1. You hear a sentence. You can also read the sentence on the computer. This sentence is not complete. You must complete the sentence. You record your answer.  


There are 2 types of questions:

  1. You hear a word, a number or a sentence on your headset. You read 4 words, numbers or sentences on the computer. You click on the correct answer. 
  1. You read 6 pieces of text on the computer. Each piece of text includes 2 questions. There are 3 or 4 answers. You click on the correct answer. 

Knowledge of Dutch Society (KNS)

You are asked 30 questions on the computer. Each question includes a picture. You read the questions or listen to them. There are 2 answering options. You click on the correct answer. 

The questions cover 7 subjects:

  1. The Netherlands: country (geography), housing and transportation 
  2. History
  3. The government (administration), voting (democracy) and legislation
  4. The Dutch language and the importance of learning it 
  5. Education and schooling
  6. Healthcare
  7. Work and income
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