State Examination in Dutch NT2-II Exam
Those with an international educational background including students who speak perfect Dutch, must take this proficiency examination before admittance to a regular study programme or to work in company. This Dutch examination is essential for demonstration of proficiency in Dutch reading, listening, writing and speaking skills.
State Examination Dutch as Second Language Programme II
The NT2-II refers to the State Examination in Dutch as a second language programme II and consisting 4 parts: reading, speaking, listening and writing skills. This test is referred to in Dutch as Staatsexamen NT2 or the Nederlands als Tweede Taal.
Application Dates and Procedure for the Dutch Language Exam
Examinations are held on a weekly basis and registration is held 6 weeks in advance and results are released 6 weeks after the exam. The NT2-II exam must be completed before mid June to get he results before 1st August in order to apply for the September sessions.
The exam has two levels. NT2 level II is tougher than NT2 level I and it is useful for those with higher education or want to enter higher level employment. The Nt2-II diploma equals the B2 language level as mentioned in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
This examination is organised by the Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs or DUO-IB Groep which is a division of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research and the test is conducted on behalf of the Board of Examinations or Collegens Voor Examens.
Format for the Dutch Language Exam
The four part test involves separate sections on reading, speaking, listening and writing.
Staatsexamen NT2 - Lezen: This is the reading part of the exam which consists of a series of texts with 40 multiple choice questions for which 1 of 3 (Sometimes 4) answers is correct. Many of the texts require broad and intensive reading while others can be attempted following scanning alone.
Staatsexamen NT2 - Schrijven: This is writing part of the test which requires students to finish sentences or make new ones that fit in with two given ones. Another type of section requires writing a letter to express an opinion based on information and guidelines.
Staatsexamen NT2 - Luisteren: Composed of three parts and numerous audio extracts, the listening section involves listening to people giving interviews on radios and phones for covering education opportunities and tasks in the workplace as well as family matters and other issues. There is a multiple choice part with 40 questions where there is only one correct answer.
Staatsexamen NT2 - Spreken: This is the speaking section and it is considered the toughest and the most difficult one. This is a half an hour test which occurs in front of a computer and answers are accordingly recorded and evaluated. Within the first two parts, shorter answers of 20 to 30 seconds are needed while in the third section, longer issues are presented over a span of two minutes.
Fee for the Dutch NT-2 Level II Test
A fee of 90 Euro is charged for taking the test. For passing the test, students need to score 500 points within each of the four sections. Within each section, candidates can retake sections that they have failed.
List of Universities Accepting the Dutch NT2-II Exam Scores
All Dutch universities accept the results of this test for Dutch medium courses. Registration for this exam can be had at the website of the DUO. The exam can be taken in the following locations each week almost: Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Delft, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Zwolle.
This exam is as per the B2 level for the Common European Framework for Reference. The exam itself has two levels for students of varying competencies. While the listening and speaking tests are completed via the computer, the writing testis partly on the answer sheet and partly on the computer while the reading test is on the answer sheet only.