Inburgering – Civic Integration Exam

Online Inburgering Diploma Course

Inburgering courses are currently online only. We use Google Classroom for sharing assignments. For the live online sessions we use Google Meet.

 

Prior to the course, you will receive a calendar link which allows you to log on to the sessions in Google Meet. You will also get a link to access all the assignments and relevant links in Google Classroom.

small groups = BIG RESULTS

Do you need to study for the Inburgeringsexamen and get Dutch Citizenship or permanent residency?  Do you also want to save on travel time by learning online? Then this is the course for you. We keep the classes small; at a maximum of 10 students. Individual attention is guaranteed.

Inburgering on Thursdays 

Starting date:16 September
Cost:€ 400.- (excluding book)
Course dates:16, 23, 30 September
7, 14, 28 October
4, 11, 18, 25 November
Duration:10 weeks
Class times:16:30-18:00
Course Book: Welkom in Nederland chapter 1 to 10

Your level of Dutch

To start the Inburgering Diploma course your Dutch should be at A2 level.

Before you sign up, please test your level of Dutch by filling out the online checklist.

If you’re starting from scratch, we advise taking the Elementary Dutch course.

If your Dutch is basic A1 level we advise taking the Post-Elementary Dutch course.

Please find the Elementary Dutch courses here.

Important note

It’s worth noting that the Dutch government is raising the level of the inburgering exam from level A2 to level B1. DUO states that the new inburgering law will come to pass on 1 January 2022. The change applies to newcomers who arrive in the Netherlands after that date. If you are currently living here, and you are obliged to take the test, then you will still be able to take the Inburgering exam at A2 level going forward. (this information was updated on 23 July 2021)

Google Classroom

The fee includes all Dutch & Such worksheets, and additional lists, and online content, such as YouTube videos and useful websites that we share in Google Classroom. These posts will be available to you for at least one year after the end of the course. That way you can look back and review what we did in class. During the course you will also receive feedback on your written assignments.

Homework

The general rule for homework is as follows:

For each individual class, you need to factor in the same amount of time for the homework.

Say, for instance, you have a 90-minute class once a week, then the time you should spend on the homework should reflect that.

Bear in mind it is more productive to do your homework in three half-hour sessions spread out through the week, than in one 90-minute session. The secret to learning is routine.

Welkom in Nederland

The inburgering course covers all 10 chapters of Welkom in Nederland.
Here is an overview of chapters:
  1. Nederland leren kennen
  2. De mensen in Nederland
  3. Gezondheid en gezondheidszorg in Nederland
  4. Wonen in Nederland
  5. Dienstverlening in Nederland
  6. Opvoeding en onderwijs in Nederland
  7. Werken in Nederland
  8. Samenleven in Nederland
  9. De geschiedenis van Nederland
  10. Politiek in Nederland
Welkom in Nederland comprises of a workbook and a website with lots of practice tasks, videos and useful links.

Maximum 10

There is a maximum of 10 people per course. There is a minimum of 4 applicants for the course to be viable. I will let you know if the course does not go ahead. If so, then naturally you will be offered a different course, a credit note or a refund.

Read more on Inburgering

In January 2015 a new section was added to the inburgering exam. It is called the ONA (Oriëntatie Nederlandse Arbeidsmarkt) Portfolio. This portfolio section is for people who have arrived in the Netherlands and apply for the inburgering test on or after 1-1-2015. The portfolio can be submitted to DUO online. Once it has been approved you need to do a portfolio interview at one of the DUO exam locations.

For people who have a permanent job it is possible to be exempt from the ONA Portfolio.

Click here for the online form to apply for exemption.

You can find the link to a mock exam on DUO’s website here: www.inburgeren.nl.

Inburgeringsexam: 5 parts plus the ONA Portfolio

  1. Toets Kennis van de Nederlandse Maatschappij (KNM)
  2. Toets Gesproken Nederlands (TGN)
  3. Toets Lezen
  4. Toets Luisteren
  5. Toets Schrijven
  6. Portfolio Oriëntatie Nederlandse Arbeidsmarkt (ONA) – includes the portfoliogesprek (interview) The ONA is only for freelancers. If you have a permanent contract you can apply for exemption.

Overall you need a 60% score to pass the inburgering exam. And… you can keep retaking the exam if you don’t pass.

The speaking test

To do the speaking test, you have to respond to short videos using a few sentences of spoken Dutch for each video. You are in a shared room with other candidates. You wear a headset and a microphone which is hooked up to a PC. Your spoken Dutch response is recorded and played back later for assessment.

Reading, Listening and Writing

The reading and listening tests are multiple-choice and taken on a PC. The writing test is done with pen and paper. You have to write short notes or emails, fill in forms and complete unfinished sentences.

Oriëntatie Nederlands Arbeidsmarkt (ONA)

In addition to the 5 tests mentioned so far, you also have to create a portfolio as evidence of your orientation on the Dutch job market. Once you have completed this task, and your portfolio has been submitted, you are asked to come and speak about your portfolio. One or two examiners will ask you questions about your portfolio, mainly to test whether your answers are authentic. All this of course in Dutch. This takes around 50 minutes.

Inburgering and NT2 diploma

Since de wet inburgering (citizenship law) came into effect in 2007 many non-EU citizens living in the Netherlands have to follow a programme for Inburgering (civic integration). The alternative to the inburgering diploma is to do the NT2-programme.

One of the problems people face is the municipal communication about the various programmes, and which programme fits your needs and skills. Very often the Inburgering programme is confused with the NT2 diploma programme. If this is all Dutch to you, please read on.

For Dutch citizenship, there are three different routes to take. These are generally separate routes, and not to be taken one after the other. It is important to choose the route that is right for you. Your choice should be determined by first assessing what you need the diploma for: permanent residency, employment or naturalisation.

NT2 Examen Programma 1

The NT2 Examen Programma 1 is mainly to prove your Dutch language skills if you are working in Dutch in the Netherlands. Programma 1 means that you have done a vocational degree i.e. you are a trained receptionist, carpenter, hairdresser, waiter, cook, electrician etc.

The NT2 Programma 1 exam falls into 4 parts. For each part you receive a certificate. When you have 4 certificates you are awarded the diploma. The diploma gets you Dutch citizenship, and exempts you from the Inburgeringsexamen.

Having this NT2 exam on your CV will increase your chances of a job within a Dutch organization considerably.

If you have a University degree or a higher education degree at Bachelor or Masters level then this exam is not for you. You need to do the NT2 Examen Programma 2.

NT2 Examen Programma 2

You have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and you are a knowledge immigrant with a profession in science, law, finance, education, healthcare, business, research etc.

The NT2 Programma 2 exam falls into 4 parts. For each part you pass you receive a certificate. When you have 4 certificates you are awarded the diploma. The diploma gets you Dutch citizenship and exempts you from the Inburgeringsexamen.

The 4 certificates are for reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

This exam is the highest level of Dutch a non-native speaker can achieve. It is equivalent to the IELTS Proficiency English diploma. Having this NT2 diploma on your CV will increase your chances of a job within a Dutch organization considerably.

In general these tests and exams are conducted through the municipality or university. For instance you can do the training and take the tests for the NT2 Examen Programma 2 at the University of Amsterdam or the ROC. For the inburgering you would have to go through your local ‘gemeente’ or ‘stadsdeel’.

If you are interested in guidance and coaching for any of the above-mentioned exams or tests please feel free to contact Nick Walker. For further details please fill in the contact form.