tempre wrote:Hi, I would like to take the inburging exam to apply for dutch nationality (I already have permanent residence). I can read and understand dutch pretty well and I can speak but not at a very high level. From the IND website it sounds like this should be enough to pass the exam but reading the description on the IB groeps' page it seems like they might want a relatively high level. Can anyone who has done this suggest the level of Dutch necessary? Of course I ultimately want to improve my dutch but I also would like to apply for nationality as soon as I can.
The level of the Inburgeringsexamen is not as high as the Staatsexamen NT2, but you do need to have a basic knowledge of Dutch. In this subforum (NT2-examen and Inburgering), you will find a few examples of the type of questions that you can expect.
tempre wrote:My second question is about the exam itself. I see that there is a practical part and three "central" exams. The practical part seems quite involved: setting up 30 situations where people will sign off on my dutch is a bit tough. The IBG page is not very clear on the alternative but it seems like you can do "simulated" practical exams in the gemente or something. Can anyone clarify this and suggest which of the two are easier?
I cannot tell which one you would find easier, but if I had to it, I would opt for the assessment. In these 'simulated practical exams', you will be participating in role plays that are based on real-life situations: making a phone call to your doctor to make an appointment, discussing a problem with your employer or a school teacher, etc. The advantage is that you do not have to ask people to sign a document to prove that you have interacted with them (which you may feel uncomfortable with). Also, it will probably take less time to participate in these role plays than to collect proof for 30 different interactions. The 'downside' is that it is a real exam. Your communication skills will be evaluated by professionals. Instead of submitting a proof that you spoke to your doctor (a kind doctor may want to sign the document even if the communication did not go well at all), you now have to prove that you are really capable of doing this.
This exam was also discussed here: viewtopic.php?f=51&t=2144&p=13320#p13320