Dutch as a second language for study or work
The State Exams Dutch as a Second Language (Nt2: Nederlands als tweede taal) are the national language proficiency exams for non-native adult speakers, who want to study or work in the Netherlands. The Diploma State Exams Nt2 is officially recognized by the government.
There are exams at two proficiency levels.
Programme I is intended for pepole who want to enter vocational training (mbo) or for those who want to apply for a professional career in the Dutch labour market at vocational level. The language level of this programme is B1 (CEFR).
Programme II is intended for people who want to enter higher education (hbo) or university studies (wo) or for those who apply for a job at an academic level. The language level of this programme is B2 (CEFR).
Most schools in mbo, higher education or universities only accept students who have a diploma State Exam Nt2. But please be aware; schools are free to determine their own admission requirements for students. So it does not mean that when you have the Diploma State Exam Nt2, you will automatically be permitted.
The Nt2 exams
The State Exams Nt2 consist of four parts. Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking. The tests are all computer based.