Request an exemption from a subject on the state examination in secondary education

Are you taking a state examination in VMBO, HAVO or VWO education? Do you already have sufficient knowledge and proficiency in some subjects from past studies? If so, you may be eligible for an exemption from one or more examination subjects. This means you will not have to take an examination for these subjects.

Last updated on 23 May 2023

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Request exemption from a subject on the state examination

You can request an exemption from an examination subject in writing (in Dutch) from the Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs – DUO (education implementation service).

The state examinations are offered for:

  • voorbereidend middelbaar beroepsonderwijs – VMBO (pre-vocational secondary education)
  • hoger algemeen voortgezet onderwijs – HAVO (higher general secondary education)
  • voorbereidend wetenschappelijk onderwijs – VWO (pre-academic education)

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Uitvoeringsbesluit WVO 2020, artikelen 4.8 en 4.9

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