Language teachers criticise naturalisation exam in the Netherlands

17 April 2017, by
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Language teachers in the Netherlands claim there are many faults with the naturalisation exam in the Netherlands.

Dutch teachers

Teachers who teach Dutch language courses have criticised the civic integration exam. They say that some of the tests are too difficult for immigrants and it doesn’t allow those who sit the exam to get feedback on their mistakes. Furthermore, there are long waiting lists to take the exam, which is impractical.

The biggest criticism that language teachers have, however, is that the tests focus primarily on language rather than participating in society.

The penalty fee

One in three of the people who started the course in 2013 have not yet passed the exam. The penalty fee for not passing the exam within three years can rack up to 1.250 euros.

At the beginning of April, the education agency DUO stated that around 500 students had been fined, but the figures appear to be closer to 1.500.

In 2017, 9.000 immigrants still have to pass their exam if they want to avoid getting a fine.

Naturalisation exam

Teacher opinions

Many teachers feel the situation has gone too far and that the system, in their eyes, is flawed.

Monique Schoorl of the NT2 professional association claims that it was easier to learn in previous years when people had to get out and use the language, for example, when visiting the housing association, or in a conversation with the doctor. "Now it’s mostly theory behind computers."
 

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deastman
April 21 2017, 01:25AM

i'm not sure i agree the exam is too difficult. i passed it on two tries...all of it...half on the first, etc...but i still feel it was reasonable. it challenged the skills i felt i'd need to get by here. which i have. now retired met een onbeperkde verblijfvergunning. now the PENalty, on the other hand...at BEST should halfed...but really...it makes it seem like the test is as hard as it is so that the govt can collect the penalty...and if i wanted to be in THAT sort of environment, i would've just stayed in america...so there IS something that needs adjusting in this process...i'm not sure it's the test, though...

 
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