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State examination NT2 Programme I | Level B1

Everything you need to know about Programme I

The State Examination NT2 Programme I tests whether your knowledge of Dutch language meets the criteria of language level B1. The exam includes Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking sections.

Who is this exam for?
Anyone at least 17 years old can take the State Examination NT2 Programme I. It does not matter what nationality you have or what education you have. People can choose Programme I for a variety of reasons, for example:


  • Because they have to integrate;
  • Because they want to earn a degree at the MBO level;
  • Because they want to increase their chances of getting a job at the MBO level.


If you want to earn a college or university degree, you must take the State Examination Programme II. With a diploma from Programme I, you will not be admitted to these programmes.


In doubt about which exam you should take? Then read the page ‘Choose the right path’ >


The State Examination Programme I consists of four exam sections:


Reading (Lezen)
The Reading exam tests your reading level at B1. On this exam, you show that you can read globally, that you can read accurately and intensively, and that you can search for specific information in a text. The texts of the exam are about daily life, about work and about subjects covered in an educational programme. For example, informative brochures, ads, articles from magazines or manuals for devices.


Listening (Luisteren)
In the Listening exam, one or more people talk about situations that may occur at work, at school or in daily life. You must be able to understand the most important things from an audio clip (this is called global listening), and you need to be able to retrieve the right information from an audio clip (this is called selective listening).


Writing (Schrijven)
The Writing exam consists of writing assignments. You must write a number of sentences in this exam, a letter, a text or complete a form, and write a short text. Your text needs to show different skills, such as:


Providing and asking for information
Giving and asking for an opinion
Thanking someone
Giving an instruction
Filling in forms


Speaking (Spreken)
In the Speaking exam, you will receive two types of assignments: short and medium speaking assignments. For the short speaking assignments, you must say a few words or a couple of sentences. In the medium-long speaking assignments, you need to respond more comprehensively. You will get a bit more time to think about these assignments. The exam tests whether you can ask for and give information, whether you can give instructions, whether you can apologize and whether you can give your opinion. You take the Speaking exam on the computer: you hear the assignment via a headset and the computer screen, you speak your response through a microphone, and you read the answers on the computer screen. For each question, you get 20 or 30 seconds to respond.


See the detailed description of the exam sections on the website >

Lesson material for State Examination NT2 Programme I | Level B1

To be able to pass the State Examination NT2 Programme I, your language skills must be at level B1. There are all kinds of lesson materials that you can use to work toward this language level. Which materials you use depends on your current level and how you study.


Do you want to study Dutch independently, without going to school?
The Delftse methode series is most suitable for self-study and contains textbooks for all language levels. With the Delftse methode, not only do you prepare yourself for the State Examination NT2, you also learn how to use Dutch in practice. 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 learn Dutch in a group, for example with friends, the methods in the NT2 op maat are very suitable. These methods have been specially developed as preparation for the State Examination NT2.


Is your Dutch already at B1 level, and would you like to practice for the exam?
With the exam trainer Vooruit!, you practise in a targeted way for all the 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.

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On the ‘State Examination NT2 Program II’ (‘Staatsexamen NT2 Programma II’) page, you will read all about this second type of State Examination NT2, about the sections of the exam and the lesson materials you can use to prepare.

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