CNaVT - Certificate Dutch as a Foreign Language


At Meester Max, we can help you to prepare for your CNaVT exam. The CNaVT is commissioned by the Dutch Language Union (Taalunie) and the exams are developed by the Centre for Language and Education at the University of Leuven. The exams are organised all around the world for (young) adults who want to demonstrate their language proficiency in Dutch.


You could learn the Dutch language for different reasons. For example to study, to live or to work in The Netherlands or Belgium. The CNaVT develops five exams on different levels each year. The exams are related to different levels of language proficiency in the CEFR and serve different purposes. By passing one of their exams, candidates prove that they have mastered the language enough to be able to speak, to have conversations, to listen, to read and to write in several contexts.


Maatschappelijk Informeel (INFO ) - A2

For those who want to demonstrate they can manage in informal everyday situations.

Maatschappelijk Formeel (FORM) - B1

For those who want to demonstrate they can manage independently in more formal contexts in Dutch or Flemish society.

Zakelijk Professioneel (PROF) - B2

For those who need Dutch in an occupational context, more specifically in healthcare or administration.

Educatief Startbekwaam (STRT) - B2

For those who would like to start a study at a Flemish or Dutch institution of higher education.

Educatief Professioneel (EDUP) - C1

For those who want to demonstrate they can manage in education or business and therefore need Dutch language skills on an advanced level.




Source: http://cnavt.org


Where, when and how?

Candidates can take the CNaVT exams in May of every year. An examiner (a qualified Dutch teacher) in one’s own country facilitates this. Candidates must register via the examiner who sends the registration forms to the CNaVT secretary prior to mid March. If the candidate is learning Dutch through home study, registration can best take place through an examination partner. You can find the examination partners on the website of the CNAVT. For more information about prices and exact exam dates candidates should contact the examination partner of their choice.

What is the exam like?

The paper-based exam consists of three parts. In part A the candidate has to listen and write. In part B reading and writing proficiency are tested. Part C is the oral part of the exam. Part A and B are tested in a classroom setting, while in part C the examiner and the candidate have a one-to-one conversation.

How to prepare?

Meester Max will use sample exams to practice with. We will also be able to use official past papers and tasks from the exam bank, created by CNaVT.

How are the exams marked and when are the results announced?

All the exams are sent to Leuven where they are marked in June. In July the examiners and candidates are informed of the results. Candidates who have passed receive a certificate.


Please find more information on the website of CNaVT.