HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE KNM EXAMINATION?
Courses, lesson material, practice exams and tips
To pass the KNM exam, you need to get acquainted with Dutch society: the customs, norms and values, rules and agencies. You can do this in various ways. You can follow a course or study independently with special KNM course material.
It is a good idea to start your KNM preparation when you have reached language level A1. Combine your training for the exam, for example, with your Dutch classes.
The preparation for the exam Knowledge of the Dutch Society (Kennis van de Nederlandse Maatschappij) is a permanent part of most integration courses. Integration courses are provided throughout the Netherlands. On the website of Blik Op Werk, there is a list of language schools that have a quality certification. You can get a DUO loan to pay the cost of an integration course. You can only apply for this loan if you choose a course from the list on Blik Op Werk.
There are various lesson materials that you can use when preparing for the KNM exam. What you choose depends on whether you study independently or in groups, your language level and the education that you have followed.
The book Kom verder! is, for example, very suitable for self-study and is written at A1 level, so that the texts are also understandable for people who are still learning the Dutch language. With Kom verder! you also receive a free practice exam and a convenient online exam training.
When you speak more Dutch, you can also work with Wegwijzer. This method at A2 level is suitable for self-study, but it really excels in a group context.
Practising for the exams
There are several ways to practice for the Knowledge of Dutch Society (Kennis van de Nederlandse Maatschappij) exam:
- Want to read more about what you all need to do as a Dutch person? Check out the dossier Naar Nederland. It contains information on living, working and health care. You will also find links to useful websites.
- The library has a lot of information about all kinds of topics related to the KNM exam. Even if you are not a member of the library, you can view the books there.
- The best way to get acquainted with the topics of the KNM exam as quickly as possible is to interact with Dutch people as much as possible. For example, you can get to know people by joining a sports club or association or by visiting nearby events.
An overview of practical information about the KNM exam can be found on the ‘Useful Information’ page. For example, we tell you how you can borrow money for the integration exam and any course, and which websites may be useful when you are preparing.