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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.
More about changes in the basic civic integration exam for those abroad
The form of the basic civic integration exam is going to change. The main change is that the exam will no longer be taken by telephone, but by computer. The new basic exam takes effect on 1 November 2014. FAQs:
What does the new basic exam look like?
All the exam modules are taken by computer.
Fluency (until 1 November TGN) comprises two parts:
A) Question-Answer: The candidate receives questions and has to formulate his/her own answers.
B) Completing sentences: The candidate hears a short sentence, followed by the first part of a sentence the candidate has to complete.
Reading proficiency (until 1 November GBL) comprises two parts:
A) The candidate hears a word and chooses from four written answer options + the candidate reads a word and chooses from four spoken answer options.
B) In this part, the candidate sees reading texts on the screen; two multiple choice questions are asked with three or four answer options.
Knowledge of Dutch society:
The candidate sees photos and reads the questions. The questions are also spoken in a slow tempo. The candidate sees and hears two answer options.
From the end of September, a complete example of an exam module is available free of charge on www.naarnederland.nl.
How much do the different modules cost?
The exam modules Reading proficiency, Fluency and Familiarity with Dutch society can also be taken separately from 1 November, which means there is also a fee per exam module:
Fluency: € 150.00
Reading proficiency: € 100.00
Familiarity with Dutch society: € 100.00
Total for basic naturalisation exam: € 350.00
Is it possible to retake an exam module after 1 November 2014?
Separate certificates will be used for the exam from 1 November 2014. This is stipulated in the exam regulation (‘Examenreglement Basisexamen inburgering in het buitenland’) and only applies to candidates who take the basic naturalisation exam abroad from 1 November 2014.
This means that a module of the basic exam achieved before 1 November 2014 does not give exemption from a module of the basis exam taken after 1 November 2014.
Exemption from oral exam A2 (integration test after arrival in the Netherlands)?
If a candidate passed the basic exam before 1 November 2014 and achieved more than 37 points for the TGN, he/she can be exempted from the Fluency exam (national, level A2).
If a candidate takes the exam on or after 1 November 2014 there is no possibility for exemption from the Fluency exam (national, level A2), regardless of the score achieved for the basic exam, module Fluency (level A1).
How can I register for the basic exam as from 1 November 2014?
Starting on 1 October 2014 you can register for the basic exam via http://www.naarnederland.nl/category/aanmelden, which will be taken with effect from 1 November 2014. It will then no longer be possible to register for the current exam.
As of 1 November 2014 the basic civic integration exam for those abroad will change
The changes primarily lie in the way in which the exam is taken. Whereas the exam is currently taken by telephone, as of 1 November 2014, it will be taken by computer. This means that the exam questions will be asked in a different way. To be able to properly align with this, the exam components themselves will be renewed. The level* of the exam will remain the same. This also means that the curriculum will remain the same.
The most important changes are:
- As of 1 November 2014, the basic civic integration exam for those abroad will no longer be taken by telephone but by computer.
- The exam will still consist of the same components. However, the name of a number of components will be changed:
-Speaking skills (now called TGN)
-Reading skills (now called GBL)
-Knowledge of Dutch Society (KNS)
- These three exam components can be taken at the same time or individually. This means that a candidate need not take the entire exam all over again if he or she fails to pass an exam component.
- The greater part of the questions will be in the form of multiple-choice questions. For the Speaking Skills component the candidate also has to speak in answers. These answers will be assessed by human assessors and not by the computer.
- Candidates can register for the new exam as of 1 October 2014.
- In its current form, the basic civic integration exam will be taken for the last time on 31 October 2014. As of 1 November 2014, the basic civic integration exam will be taken in the new form.
- There will be a modified self-study package. This package will be available at the end of September 2014.
- The old self-study package can still be used but, in the end of September 2014, an overview will be available on the website ‘NaarNederland.nl’ showing the changes relating to the old package. It will also be possible to download a new manual regarding the procedures relating to the exam.
- In the end of September 2014, practice exams will be made available on the ‘NaarNederland.nl’ website.
* Level A1 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
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.