Latest in the Civic Integration Exam: Final evaluation talk is cancelled

The Minister of Social Affairs, Wouter Koolmees, has recently decided to cancel the final evaluation talk of the Civic Integration Exam (Inburgeringsexamen). The reason behind the decision was the lack of examiners for the exam. The waiting time for the results (currently around 15 weeks) was also a reason.

The final evaluation talk is a part in the Dutch labour market section of the Civic Integration Exam (Inburgeringsexamen).

Integration in the Netherlands

Apart from admiring the tulips in the spring and feeling the breeze on a sunny day while biking through the narrow streets of Amsterdam, we all need to wake up from the dream sometime. If you are willing to stay of course.

Many migrants who arrive to the Netherlands need to take the Civic Integration Exam (Inburgeringsexamen) one way or another. This is a must in order to obtain Dutch citizenship or a Dutch Residence Permit. Happy with your tourist visa? Then you can move on to our other reads.

Migrants who are obliged to pass the Civic Integration Exam (Inburgeringsexamen) have three years to take it. So, better hit the books to learn Dutch before it’s too late.

There are, of course, other ways to integrate into the Netherlands. Brought to you by the Dutch government; you can also choose to take the Dutch as a Second Language State Exam (Staatsexamen NT2).

What does The Civic Integration Exam look like?

The Civic Integration Exam consists of six parts. These are briefly: speaking, reading, writing, listening, knowledge of the Dutch society and orientation of the Dutch labour market.

The test’s level is A2 for the newcomers. Migrants who have been in the Netherlands for longer can also take the writing and reading sections at an A1 level. If you are wondering whether you are an “old” or a “new” comer, you should contact your Gemeente to figure it out.

The final evaluation talk, which is now cancelled by the The Minister of Social Affairs is under the orientation of the Dutch labour market section.

What happens now?

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Now, instead of the final evaluation talk, those who are taking the Dutch labour market exam will have to prepare a portfolio and prove that they have spent at least 64 hours working on it.

If you are thinking about cheating your way in, we have some bad news. A special software programme will be used to check the originality of your portfolio. However, the option to have the final evaluation talk instead of handing in a portfolio will still remain.

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Ceren Spuyman
Born and raised in Istanbul, Ceren moved when she decided to follow her own Dutchie. Being restless by nature, she is now busy with everything Dutch by majoring in Dutch Studies at Leiden University while living in Delft. Her hobbies are petting as many cats as possible.


  1. Good Morning, My temporary resident permit expires at the end of February 2019. I have not yet taken the test, and paid about 1200 as a penalty since I did not take the test within the 3 years.

    Since I have moved to the Netherlands in 2014, I have married a Dutch man, own a Dutch business, etc. Do you know if it is still required to pass the civic exam?

    Any help would be appreciated before I try to weave my way through this process again! Thanks for your time. Terry


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