The examination

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The examination

The Basic Civic Integration Examination Abroad consists of three parts:

  1. KNS (Knowledge of Dutch Society),
  2. Speaking,
  3. Reading.

You must take the examination at the Dutch embassy, consulate or agency in your country of origin or prolonged stay. It is a computer exam. You will hear the questions through a headset, and must speak your answers into the attached microphone. You cannot ask the computer questions. If you have any questions, you must ask the person conducting the examination (a member of the embassy staff) before the examination begins. You will not be permitted to ask questions once the examination is under way. The examination does NOT require you to write anything.

Regulations for the Basic Civic Integration Exam and the content of the Basic Civic integration Exam programme

Exam regulations

The exam regulations contain information about registration and payment for the basic civic integration exam.

You can also see how to make an appointment and how you will receive the result of the exam from DUO.

The regulations also describe the procedure before and during the exam, and which measures can be taken in the event of disruption or fraud.

You are not allowed to give information about the questions in the Basic Civic Integration Exam to others.

Exam programme

The exam programme contains information about the curriculum for reading, speaking and knowledge of Dutch society.

You can also find information about the content and the duration of the exam.

The exam is a computer exam, and you can take all the parts of the exam in one day. It is also possible to take one part of the exam on another day.

The assessment of knowledge of Dutch society and reading is done automatically by the computer. Certified human assessors assess the speaking exam.

The exam regulations and the exam programme came into effect on 1 November 2014.