Welcome to Naar Nederland
This website is for people who wish to prepare to take the Basic Civic Integration Examination Abroad. This is the examination which some people must take and pass in order to obtain a provisional residence permit (mvv) allowing them to live in the Netherlands.
Candidates for the Basic Civic Integration Examination Abroad can now purchase preparation assistance
As of 24th April 2013, candidates for the Basic Civic Integration Examination Abroad will be able to purchase individual support for their exam preparation from Agens. The support is aimed at candidates – often people with limited experience of learning – who need extra help with the official self-learning package known as Naar Nederland (To the Netherlands). The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment commissioned Agens to develop individual support for those preparing for the Basic Civic Integration Examination Abroad. Candidates will receive help from teachers in the Netherlands who speak their native language. The contact between the candidates and the teachers will take place over the internet, Skype or Virtual classroom, by (mobile) phone or, if necessary, by post.
Since 1st April 2011, the Basic Civic Integration Examination Abroad has consisted of a Knowledge of Dutch Society test, a Spoken Dutch test (level A1) and a Literacy and Reading Comprehension Skills test (level A1).
Basic Civic Integration Examination and coronation – update
On April 30th, 2013, following his coronation, King Willem-Alexander has succeeded his mother, Queen Princess Beatrix, now known as Princess Beatrix, as monarch in the Netherlands.
Therefore, the questions about the Dutch royal family in the Knowledge of Dutch Society (KNS) exam and in the self study pack are no longer current.
In the second half of 2014, the current situation regarding the Dutch royal family will be incorporated in the revised Knowledge of Dutch Society (KNS) exam and in the self study pack.
So, until the update in the second half of 2014, the original questions and answers from the KNS exam of the self study pack “Naar Nederland” could be asked. During this time you it is therefore possible to answer both “Prince” or “King” Willem-Alexander, and both “Princess” or “Queen” Maxima.
You will be informed about the actual date of the changes in advance via this website www.naarnederland.nl.
Candidates who fail the Toets Gesproken Nederlands (Spoken Dutch Examination) get more information
From July 1st, 2013, candidates who fail the Toets Gesproken Nederlands, will receive feedback in order to help them prepare for re-examination. The Toets Gesproken Nederlands is mandatory for candidates for the civic integration examination abroad (level A1) and for candidates for the civic integration examination in the Netherlands (level A2). In addition to their overall score,
candidates who failed the Toets Gesproken Nederlands will receive feedback on the four sub-skills tested in the exam: vocabulary, syntax, fluency and pronunciation.
Candidates for the civic integration examination abroad will either receive their final results on the same day as the exam, or these will be sent to them by mail. The feedback on the four sub-skills tested in the Toets Gesproken Nederlands will be sent to candidates by letter within one month of examination. From autumn onwards, candidates will simultaneously receive their final results and the feedback on the four sub-skills tested in de Toets Gesproken Nederlands on the same day as the exam, or these will be sent to them by mail within a week.
More information can be found under “Additional training tips to prepare for the TGN”.
Question 13 in Tussentoets 3 (page 260 in the book) is: Which day is the birthday of the Queen? The answer that is given is: ‘April 30th’. The question is incorrect and should be: On which day do the Dutch celebrate the Queen’s birthday? Answer: ‘April 30th’.
Queen Beatrix’s birthday is on January 31, but her birthday is celebrated on Queensday: the 30th of April. April 30 is the birthday of the Queen’s mother: Queen Juliana, as well as the date Queen Beatrix succeeded her mother to the throne in 1980.
As the publisher of Naar Nederland we apologize for this mistake. Due to the coronation, the questions in the Spoken Dutch Test (TGN) and the Naar Nederland package will be adapted. Of course the above question will be corrected as well. In the current Basic Civic Integration Examination and the Naar Nederland package, Beatrix is still considered as Queen of the Netherlands.
Abrogation of the Basic Civic Integration Examination Abroad for Turkish nationals.
Mr. J.P.H. Donner, the Dutch minister of internal affairs, has decided that, with retroactive effect, persons of Turkish nationality and their spouses and registered partners, for extension of their provisional residence permit (mvv) no longer need to demonstrate to have passed the Basic Civic Integration Examination Abroad. Examination fees of exams that have been taken since last August 16th will be refunded.
Ministers Donner and Drs. G.B.M. Leers emphasize that despite the omission of the obligated civic integration for Turkish nationals, knowledge of the Dutch language and society remain essential requirements to actively participate in Dutch society. Therefore, Minister Donner, in cooperation with among others Turkish organizations, will look at how the civic integration of Turkish nationals can be warranted. The self-study packs with Turkish and Kurdish as supportive languages remain available.
For more information see: the governmental news site about support for the Turks.
New self-study pack available from 1 March 2011
More information about the new study-pack can be found the examination package page.
Changes to examination programme and regulations published
A new examination programme and amended examination regulations came into effect on 28 January 2011. Further information can be found: the site for official publications.
My TIN codes for the practice tests have expired (or will do so shortly). Can I still use these TIN codes?
The answers to this and other frequently asked questions can be found at the FAQ page.
Changes to examination requirements from 1 April 2011
The Basic Civic Integration Examination Abroad is to be modified with effect from 1 April 2011. The required level for the Toets Gesproken Nederlands (Spoken Dutch test; TGN) is to be raised from ‘A1 minus’ to A1. The examination will also be expanded to include the Toets Geletterdheid en Begrijpend Lezen (Literacy and Understanding Written Texts test; GBL). The examination regulations have been amended accordingly. The new requirements apply from 1 April 2011.
Further information can be found at:
How can I apply to take the Basic Civic Integration Examination Abroad with the current (pre-1 April 2011) requirements?
The registration procedure remains unchanged. You can register yourself or your partner for the examination through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. This site includes information about the payment of the examination fee, confirmation of receipt and how long it will take to process your payment before you can make an appointment to take the examination.
How will the Basic Civic Integration Examination change after 1 April 2011?
Until 31 March 2011, the examination is in two parts:
- Kennis van de Nederlandse Samenleving (Knowledge of Dutch Society; KNS)
- Gesproken Nederlands (Spoken Dutch; TGN) at level ‘A1 minus’.
From 1 April 2011, the examination will be in three parts:
- Kennis van de Nederlandse Samenleving (Knowledge of Dutch Society; KNS)
- Gesproken Nederlands (Spoken Dutch; TGN) at level A1
- Geletterdheid en Begrijpend Lezen (Literacy and Understanding Written texts: GBL).
The KNS component remains unchanged. From 1 April 2011, the TGN test will remain in the same form, but the candidate must achieve a higher score in order to pass. The minimum score for level ‘A1 minus’ is 16. The minimum score to pass at A1 level is 26. The Literacy and Understanding Written Texts component is new. The new Naar Nederland self-study pack contains comprehensive course material enabling students to prepare thoroughly and to meet the new examination requirements which come into effect on 1 April 2011.
How should I prepare for an examination to be taken on or after 1 April 2011?
If you intend to take the examination on or after 1 April 2011, you are advised to use the new Naar Nederland self-study pack to prepare. New course material has been added to the pack in line with the more stringent pass requirement (A1 level) for the TGN test and the introduction of the new GBL test. The pack has been developed under the supervision of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. It can be ordered through this site and other (online) book retailers from 1 March 2011. This site contains full information about the new self-study pack.
If you plan to take the examination before 31 March 2011, the current Naar Nederland practice pack is sufficient.