More about changes in the basic civic integration exam for those abroad

The form of the basic civic integration exam is going to change. The main change is that the exam will no longer be taken by telephone, but by computer. The new basic exam takes effect on 1 November 2014.


What does the new basic exam look like?

All the exam modules are taken by computer.

Fluency (until 1 November TGN) comprises two parts:
A) Question-Answer: The candidate receives questions and has to formulate his/her own answers.
B) Completing sentences: The candidate hears a short sentence, followed by the first part of a sentence the candidate has to complete.

Reading proficiency (until 1 November GBL) comprises two parts:
A) The candidate hears a word and chooses from four written answer options + the candidate reads a word and chooses from four spoken answer options.
B) In this part, the candidate sees reading texts on the screen; two multiple choice questions are asked with three or four answer options.

Knowledge of Dutch society:
The candidate sees photos and reads the questions. The questions are also spoken in a slow tempo. The candidate sees and hears two answer options.

From the end of September, a complete example of an exam module is available free of charge on

How much do the different modules cost?

The exam modules Reading proficiency, Fluency and Familiarity with Dutch society can also be taken separately from 1 November, which means there is also a fee per exam module:

Fluency: € 150.00
Reading proficiency: € 100.00
Familiarity with Dutch society: € 100.00

Total for basic naturalisation exam: € 350.00

Is it possible to retake an exam module after 1 November 2014?

Separate certificates will be used for the exam from 1 November 2014. This is stipulated in the exam regulation (‘Examenreglement Basisexamen inburgering in het buitenland’) and only applies to candidates who take the basic naturalisation exam abroad from 1 November 2014.

This means that a module of the basic exam achieved before 1 November 2014 does not give exemption from a module of the basis exam taken after 1 November 2014.

Exemption from oral exam A2 (integration test after arrival in the Netherlands)?

If a candidate passed the basic exam before 1 November 2014 and achieved more than 37 points for the TGN, he/she can be exempted from the Fluency exam (national, level A2).

If a candidate takes the exam on or after 1 November 2014 there is no possibility for exemption from the Fluency exam (national, level A2), regardless of the score achieved for the basic exam, module Fluency (level A1).

How can I register for the basic exam as from 1 November 2014?

Starting on 1 October 2014 you can register for the basic exam via, which will be taken with effect from 1 November 2014. It will then no longer be possible to register for the current exam.