Frequently asked questions language certificates
Here you will find the frequently asked questions on obtaining language certificates. Please read these carefully. If your question is not answered here, you can contact the service desk.
- Did you pass component A before January 1, 2024 but not component B? Then you can supplement your results with the listening certificate after January 1, 2024.
- Did you pass component B before January 1, 2024 but not component A? Then you can supplement your results with the reading certificate after January 1, 2024.
- For MBO tests, you cannot retake individual parts. You must retake the entire test. Passed test parts (A + B+ English) remain valid after January 1, 2024.
The prices of the different sections are listed below. You have passed when you have successfully completed all the parts. You only have to retake the individual sections that you did not pass.
Content of tests
Babel has decided not to offer a test for college professions because there is already a good option at B2 level with the state exam.
- Duration: 1,5 hours.
- 5 to 7 texts related to healthcare.
- The candidate will receive the texts on paper.
- On the laptop the candidate answers 35 to 45 multiple-choice questions.
- The use of the Pocket Dictionary NT2 is allowed for this part. Babel will provide this dictionary on test day.
- Duration: 45 minutes.
- 4 or 5 listening texts related to Care and Welfare.
- The candidate takes this part on the laptop, with a headset.
- The candidate answers 35 to 45 multiple-choice questions on the laptop.
- No dictionary may be used in this component.
- Duration: 1.5 hours.
- 2 writing assignments in which the candidate must write texts of approximately 250 words.
- The first writing assignment is compulsory. In the second writing assignment, the candidate has a choice of two assignments.
- The candidate will complete this section on the laptop.
- The use of the NT2 Pocket Dictionary is allowed for this part. Babel will provide this dictionary on test day.
- Duration: 15 minutes.
- This component will be taken individually.
- Two assessors are present for this unit. One assessor gives instructions and is the interlocutor, the other assessor takes notes and fills out the assessment model.
- This test consists of 3 parts:
- Brief introduction and social Dutch (small talk).
- 3 Pictures to describe, compare, give information, give opinion and answer questions.
- Talking about an infographic: making connections, giving opinions, displaying gradations.
- No dictionary may be used in this section.
- Content of the test Dutch for healthcare professionals (B1)
- Content of the test Dutch for medical professionals (B2+)
- Writing, reading and listening components: Taken on a Babel laptop in a dedicated room.
- Speaking component: Taken individually in a separate room by two assessors.
More information on the content of the tests can be found here:
- On test day you need to bring an official identification document (passport, identity card, driver’s license).
- You may not bring your own aids to the testing room. We will provide pen and paper. If allowed, we will provide a dictionary.
Babel offers a professional language program to prepare for the assessment. Through the steps below, you can reach the required language level. On average, it takes one and a half years to prepare and reach the appropriate language level (from A0). Depending on the available (self) study time, the preparation can be completed in more or less time.
MBO professions (such as nurse)
Hbo professions (such as physiotherapists, physician assistants, midwives and registered dental hygienists)
Step 1: Elementary Dutch Course (A0-A2).
Step 2: Intermediate Dutch Course (A2-B1).
Step 3: Upper-Intermediate Dutch course (B1-B2).
Step 4: Exam training State Exam NT2 Program II.
Step 5: State Exam NT2 Program II (Babel will not take tests for medics at college level as of January 1, 2024).
WO professions (such as doctors, dentists, pharmacists, psychotherapists, health care psychologists and clinical technologists)
Step 1: Elementary Dutch Course (A0-A2).
Step 2: Intermediate Dutch course (A2-B1).
Step 3: Upper-Intermediate Dutch course (B2-C1).
Step 4: Advanced Dutch Course (B1-B2
Step 5: Exam training Dutch language certificate for healthcare professionals B2+
Step 6: Assessment
Virtual classroom or in Utrecht
We offer all courses both in the virtual classroom and at our school in the center of Utrecht. Most courses have different intensities: 1, 2 or 4 lessons per week. So you can choose the variant that best suits your personal situation.
For candidates who obtained their medical degree outside the EEA, it is also important to master English at a B2 level.
Do not register if you do not yet have the required level! We understand that you want to start working as soon as possible. But Dutch is a difficult language, take your time to learn the language!
You can register on the relevant course pages:
You have passed if you have successfully completed all parts. You only have to retake the parts you did not pass.