Do you need to take the Basic Integration Exam Abroad to obtain authorisation for temporary residence (MVV)? This exam is taken at the Dutch embassy or consulate in your home country. The exam is not difficult. You must show that you can read and speak Dutch at the A1 level, which is a beginners’ level. You do need to be familiar with the Latin alphabet. For the Knowledge of the Dutch Community (KNS) test, you need to memorise answers to 100 easy questions. The exam consists of three parts:

  • Knowledge of the Dutch community (KNS)

The KNS test assesses your knowledge of the Netherlands through 100 easy questions about Dutch society. Everything you need to know is included in the photo book Naar Nederland

  • Speaking

This part of the exam assesses your ability to understand and speak Dutch at the A1 level. It is a computer exam consisting of two parts:

  1. You will hear a question and must answer it.
  2. You will hear a sentence and will be prompted to finish it.
  • Reading

You are asked multiple-choice questions about a couple of texts.

All three exam components are done on the computer. Your ability to write is not tested. Sample exams can be found on

More information

For more information, please visit the website of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

Official preparation material can be found on But this preparation material is much more difficult than needed to pass the exam.

Although the Basic Integration Exam Abroad is not difficult, taking a few lessons of a beginners’ course or some private lessons will increase your chances of success.

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