Help! Difference difficulty level NT2-I vs. NT2-II

NT2 is 'Nederlands als Tweede Taal' or 'Dutch as a second language. 'Inburgering' is 'integration'. Many people who settle in the Netherlands have to do the 'inburgeringsexamen' or 'Staatsexamen NT2'. In this subforum, you can ask questions about this exam. If you have already done the exam, you are warmly invited to share your experience with us!
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Help! Difference difficulty level NT2-I vs. NT2-II

Post by juanita82 » Sat Jun 09, 2012 5:11 pm

Hello,

I took the reading and listening parts of NT2-II a month ago and I just got my results. Turned out I passed reading but not listening (496 points <500 required) :-( I still have to take the speaking and writing parts for the first time.
I am not required to take the NT2-II as I am doing the exam only to be able to show evidence when applying for a Dutch passport. I am now wondering if I should: 1) Take the listening exam NT2-I INSTEAD of doing again the NT2-II I failed, and 2) take the Spreken and Schrijven NT2-I exams INSTEAD of NT2-II. Does anyone know if any of this parts is significantly easier in the NT2-I? It's hard to tell from the voorbeeldexamen, especially now that the Writing part of NT2-II has changed.

Many thanks in advance!

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Re: Help! Difference difficulty level NT2-I vs. NT2-II

Post by ana banana » Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:47 am

And, what did you decide? I have the same question so please let me know if you have idea which one is easier...You will think of course that program I is easier, but I heard from some people it has too many details in the questions...No idea which one to go for

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Re: Help! Difference difficulty level NT2-I vs. NT2-II

Post by adappel » Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:51 pm

Staatsexamen NT2 programma 2 (taalniveau B1) is moeilijker - veel moeilijker! - dan programma 1 (taalniveau B2).
Ik ben examinator van de examens, dus ik weet wat ik zeg.
Kijk ook hier:
http://www.cve.nl/item/wat_is_het_staatsexamen_nt2

Als je een opleiding wil doen aan een Nederlandse Hogeschool of universiteit, vraagt de opleiding het diploma Staatsexamen programma II.
Maar als je het examen doet, omdat je een Nederlands paspoort wil hebben, dan kun je veel beter Staatsexamen NT2, programma 1 doen.
Volgend jaar wordt het nog makkelijker: er komt een nieuw inburgeringsexamen (taalniveau A2).
Dus, als je vanaf 2013 dat paspoort wil hebben, dan kun je voor de makkelijkste weg kiezen en enkele taalexamens doen op A2 niveau. Hier kun je lezen wat het nieuwe inburgeringsexamen betekent:
http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Nieuwe-i ... mr_4482146

Als je wilt oefenen voor Staatsexamens, kun je bij mij in Aerdenhout op 23 september een workshop doen.
Er is nog plaats.
http://adappel.nl/cursussen/staatsexamen-nt2-tgn/
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Re: Help! Difference difficulty level NT2-I vs. NT2-II

Post by Lynn » Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:59 pm

Hi Juanita,

I have a friend who registered for both exams at the same time and passed both. According to her, there is only a slight difference in Dutch level between both exams. Once you can do the NT2-1, then you can also do the NT2-2.

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Re: Help! Difference difficulty level NT2-I vs. NT2-II

Post by Shazzy » Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:31 pm

Interesting :D

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Re: Help! Difference difficulty level NT2-I vs. NT2-II

Post by juanita82 » Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:58 pm

Thank you!

I actually passed the Spreken and Schrijven parts of NT2-II, so now I only have to do again listening for NT2-I. I followed the advice of someone on the forum and registered for NT2-I before getting my NT2-II results, which is safe but not a good idea on the financial side, as they will only cancel your registration and return your money if you let them know with 7 weeks in advance!

I would say Spreken is not easy but they are very lenient with the grading, as I felt that I couldn't possibly passed after the est was finished but somehow I did (well, statistics don't lie, this part of the NT2-II exam has the highest passing rates (over 80%), while listening has the lowest (slightly over 50%).

I do hope it is easier because I am unable to really improve my score on the voorbeeldexamen for NT2-II listening, will try to do a a couple of NT2-I to cheer me up before my test on September 1st!

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Re: Help! Difference difficulty level NT2-I vs. NT2-II

Post by juanita82 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:00 pm

After having taking both the listening modules for the NT2-I and NT2-II I most say the NT2-I is considerably easier, in that you can discriminate better between a) b) c) options and the vocabulary is easier. Unlike the voorbeeld tests available online, in the real listening NT2-I exam I got a lot of questions (perhaps 10) where there were 3 pictures to choose from (similar to questions with pictures on the speaking part). These were of course relatively easier.

m.v.g.,

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Re: Help! Difference difficulty level NT2-I vs. NT2-II

Post by Mellifera » Sat Dec 21, 2013 8:12 pm

adappel wrote:Staatsexamen NT2 programma 2 (taalniveau B1) is moeilijker - veel moeilijker! - dan programma 1 (taalniveau B2).
Ik ben examinator van de examens, dus ik weet wat ik zeg.
Wait, isn't NT2 programma 2 is B2 and NT2 programma 1 is B1?

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Re: Help! Difference difficulty level NT2-I vs. NT2-II

Post by Bert » Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:54 pm

Mellifera wrote:Wait, isn't NT2 programma 2 is B2 and NT2 programma 1 is B1?
Yes, you're right.
NT2 [this abbreviation is a bit misleading, because there is no "NT1"; NT2 means 'Nederlands als 2e (tweede) taal'] programma I ~ CEF(R)-B1
NT2 programma II ~ CEF(R)-B2
https://www.cve.nl/item/wat_zijn_de_staatsexamens_nt2

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