I had my test yesterday and it was nothing at all like what was suggested in the letter I had received - the 3 hour exam that had me in a mild panic!
I was lucky to have a one on one interview with a very nice calm man who spoke clearly, simply and if I was really stuck, explained in english. I'd learned quite a few dutch words but only at the stage of arranging them into very basic sentences but that was ok.
Just a few spoken questions regarding name, birthdate, where I live, why I'm here etc.
Then a quick "IQ" test of numbers and word puzzels. Even a clutz like me managed that.
Next came a handful of written questions asking for the earlier personal questions and a few more such as your hobbies, favourite festival days. Quick and in simple language.
Then I was given a card divided into 2 sections. Top section was a page from someones appointment book, bottom section a short postcard. He asked questions about what was written.
The last section I found the hardest. Listening to a cassette tape with another sheet of paper in front of me showing various images (bus, book etc) in rows. The voiced asked you to point out the objects. My hearing isn't the best anymore and even in my own language that would have been difficult, so I only got a couple right there.
That was all and I was out in just over an hour.
He's recommending I do the quicker 6 month course thats available here in Tilburg. The other courses are 12 months or 18 months, which seems an absurd length of time but perhaps are more tailored to suit other people's circumstances. I'm available and in the position to do the more intensive option so am happy to go along with his recommendation, besides I'm not sure we'll even still be here in 18 months time.
So thanks everyone for you replies, they really did help