Certificate of Dutch as a Foreign Language

Certificate of Dutch as a Foreign Language, or CNaVT (In Dutch: Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal), is an internationally recognised certificate to prove the Dutch language proficiency. The examination is managed by CNaVT- a government-subsidised non-profit organisation that is affiliated with the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. The Catholic University of Leuven conducts the examination. The CNaVT functions under the support of the Dutch Language Union.  CNaVT is also a member of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE).  The examination matches to different levels in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CECR). The candidates can choose the profile exam as per their needs. Candidates can sit for this exam in their home country, with the assistance of the Dutch teachers present in their region. 

To decide which exam is most suitable, candidates should compare the description of the exams and of the CEFR levels with their needs.

Social Informal ( INFO ) – A2
For those who want to demonstrate they can manage in informal everyday situations.

Social Formal ( FORM ) – B1
For those who want to demonstrate they can manage independently in more formal contexts in the Dutch or Flemish society.

Business Professional ( PROF ) – B2
For those who need Dutch in an occupational context, more specifically in healthcare and administration.

Educational Start Competent ( STRT ) – B2
For those who would like to start a study at a Flemish or Dutch institution of higher education.

Educational Professional ( EDUP ) – C1
For those who want to demonstrate they can manage in education or business and therefore need Dutch language skills on a high level.

For more details, preparation and registration see official website of CNaVT
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