CNaVT Certificate


The Dutch School of Southern California is an official location for conducting the examinations for the Dutch as a Foreign Language Certificate (CNaVT).

The CNaVT certifies language proficiency of Dutch as a foreign language worldwide, using task based and domain specific exams related to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The CNaVT is a project commissioned by the Dutch Language Union and the exams are developed by the Centre for Language and Education at the university of Leuven. The CNaVT exams are organized all around the world for (young) adults who want to prove their language proficiency in Dutch with an internationally recognized certificate.

CNaVT benefits for our students from 16 years of age (sometimes earlier). Depending on the level of the CNaVT, students may be eligible for:

  • Acceptance into Dutch and Belgian institutions of higher education (level B2)

  • Seal of Biliteracy (usually level B1) which allows high school students to receive credits if they decide to continue their studies at a US college. Read more about the Seal of Biliteracy here.

Why and which exam? Because there are different reasons to learn Dutch, the Taalunie has developed CNaVT examinations in different domains. Read the descriptions of the CNaVT exams on the right and also take a look at the ERK self-assessment scales to determine which exam best suits your needs.

When are the exams? The exams take place every year in May. This year the CNaVT exams are on Saturday May 14 between 8.30 am and 2.30 pm at our Santa Ana campus. You can register by sending an email to lligthart@dutchschoolsocal.org before March 10, 2022.

Cost? The cost is $245 for students from our school and $345 for students outside the school.

How to prepare? Our teachers can help students to prepare for the exam. Here you can find sample exams to practice with.

Structure of the CNaVT exams. All exams consist of three parts:

  • Part A: listening and/or reading and writing

  • Part B: reading and writing

  • Part C: speaking and listening in a conversation (in the B2 and C1 examination, the candidate also gives a presentation)

Staatsexamen We can also help you prepare for the Staatsexamen.


Social Informal (INFO ) - A2

For those who want to function in informal, everyday situations.

Social Formal (FORM) - B1

For those who want to function independently in more formal contexts in Dutch or Flemish society.

Business Professional (PROF) - B2

For those who want to function on the shop floor, especially in the care sector or in an administrative profession.

Educational Start Proficient (STRT) - B2

For those who want to start a study at a Flemish or Dutch college or university.

Educational Professional (EDUP) - C1

For those who want to work in education or in a business environment and therefore need an advanced knowledge of Dutch.