As of 1 November 2014 the basic civic integration exam for those abroad will change

The changes primarily lie in the way in which the exam is taken. Whereas the exam is currently taken by telephone, as of 1 November 2014, it will be taken by computer. This means that the exam questions will be asked in a different way.

To be able to properly align with this, the exam components themselves will be renewed. The level* of the exam will remain the same. This also means that the curriculum will remain the same.

The most important changes are:

  • As of 1 November 2014, the basic civic integration exam for those abroad will no longer be taken by telephone but by computer.
  • The exam will still consist of the same components. However, the name of a number of components will be changed:
    • Speaking skills (now called TGN)
    • Reading skills (now called GBL)
    • Knowledge of Dutch Society (KNS)
  • These three exam components can be taken at the same time or individually. This means that a candidate need not take the entire exam all over again if he or she fails to pass an exam component.
  • The greater part of the questions will be in the form of multiple-choice questions. For the Speaking Skills component the candidate also has to speak in answers. These answers will be assessed by human assessors and not by the computer.
  • Candidates can register for the new exam as of 1 October 2014.
  • In its current form, the basic civic integration exam will be taken for the last time on 31 October 2014. As of 1 November 2014, the basic civic integration exam will be taken in the new form.
  • There will be a modified self-study package. This will be available as of September 2014.
  • The old self-study package can still be used but, as of September 2014, an overview will be available on the website ‘NaarNederland.nl’ showing the changes relating to the old package. It will also be possible to download a new manual regarding the procedures relating to the exam.
  • As of September 2014, practice exams will be made available on the ‘NaarNederland.nl’ website.

* Level A1 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages