How do I prepare for the State Examination NT2 programme I or programme II?
About courses, lesson materials and practice exams
In order to pass the State Examination NT2 Programme I, you must be able to read, listen, write and speak at the B1 level. For the State Examination NT2 Programme II, you must master these skills at the B2 level. There are several ways you can work towards these language levels. You can follow a language course, study on your own and practise with example exams.
A language course can be a fun way to work with a teacher's support to the B1 level (for Programme I) or B2 level (for Programme II). It does not matter what level you are at now; there are courses that offer comprehensive language training over a somewhat longer period, as well as trainings that prepare you in a few lessons for the State Examination NT2. In every province in the Netherlands, there are language schools offering these types of courses. In most language schools, you can follow both group classes and individual classes. The costs of a language course vary: what you pay depends on the school, the type of course and the duration of the course. On the website StaatsexamenNT2.nl there is a list of all language schools offering a course for the State Examination NT2 (Programme I and / or II).
When you follow a language course, you usually use the lesson method chosen by the language school. But if you want to study on your own, you can choose from many different kinds of lesson materials. It is sometimes difficult to choose a lesson method from the wide range. We therefore describe a number of situations below, and we give advice on the lesson materials that fit best.
Are you going to learn Dutch independently, without going to school?
The Delftse methode series is the most suitable for self-study and includes study books for all language levels. With the Delftse methode, you not only prepare yourself well for the State Examination NT2, you also learn Dutch for practical use. The focus of this method is therefore on learning to speak and understand.
Do you want to study in groups, for example with a friend?
When you are going to learn Dutch with a group, for example with friends, the methods in the series NT2 op maat are very suitable. These methods have been specially developed as preparation for the State Examination NT2.
For State Examination NT2 Programme I
Is your Dutch already at B1 level, and would you like to practise for the exam?
With the exam trainer Vooruit!, you can practise in a targeted way for all sections of the State Examination NT2 Programme I. Do you want to practise with a specific section of the exam? Then use one of the other exam trainers.
For State Examination NT2 Programme II
Is your Dutch already at B2 level, and would you like to practise for the exam?
With the exam trainer De finale, you can practise in a targeted way for all sections of the State Examination NT2 Programme II. Do you want to practise with a specific section of the exam? Then use one of the other exam trainers.
Practising for the exams
You can practise in different ways for the State Examination NT2:
- Download the sample exams on the website StaatsexamenNT2.nl. These sample exams include all four sections (Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking) for both Programme I and Programme II, with assignments that correspond with the actual exam.
- See sample assignments for the four different sections of the exam on the website StaatsexamenNT2.nl.
- Use the exam trainers for Programme I (B1 Level) Reading at B1 (Lezen op B1) or Writing at B1 (Schrijven op B1).
- Use the exam trainers for Programme II (B2 level) Reading at B2 (Lezen op B2), Listening at B2 (Luisteren op B2), Writing at B2 (Schrijven op B2) or Speaking at B2 (Spreken op B2).
- If you are following a course at a language school, you can practise the exams in class.
Looking for practical information about the State Examination NT2? On the ‘Useful Information’ page, you will read more about what the costs of the exams are, how to register and what the rules are for retaking the examinations.