Proof of knowledge of Dutch for public administration staff

Would you like to work for a public authority in Flanders, you need to prove your Dutch is at a certain standard. This level depends on the recruitment level:

  • Recruitment level C (technical and care jobs): B1
  • Recruitment level D (administrative and care jobs): B1
  • Recruitment level D (non-administrative and care jobs) and E: A2

What test can you take a the Dutch Language House?  

This is a computer test that covers your reading, listening, speaking and writing. The test takes two half days.
You start with reading and listening. This part takes half a day. If this is too difficult, the test will be ended without a pass.
If your reading and listening test is okay, you will be given an appointment for the speaking and writing test. 

Pre-screening interview 

If you are unsure whether you have the required level, you can do a pre-screening interview.

Practice test 

You can also take a practice test (instructions in Dutch only):

  • Enter your name
  • Enter your email address
  • Where it says school, write: Huis van het Nederlands Brussel

The practise test shows how the test works. The level of Dutch is not representative of the level of the actual test. 


For more information about language legislation, see the Vereniging van Vlaamse Steden en Gemeenten’s website (available only in Dutch).

See also the rules and instructions (only available in Dutch). 


How do you make an appointment for a test? 

If you would like to take a test, you need to make an appointment. 

  • By telephone: 02 501 66 98
    • Mondays, 9 am – 11 am.
    • Tuesdays, 9 am – 12 pm.
    • Wednesdays, 9 am - 12 pm.
    • Thursdays, 9 am – 12 pm.
    • Fridays, 9 am – 12 pm.
  • Online at this website

       - Enter your details
       - Choose the test you want to take:

       - Openbare besturen, aanwervingsniveau C (technische en verzorgende functies) + D (administratieve en verzorgende functies) – Public authorities, recruitment level C (technical and care jobs) + D (administrative and care jobs)

       - Openbare besturen, aanwervingsniveau D (niet administratieve en verzorgende functies) + E - Public authorities, recruitment level D (non-administrative and care jobs) + E

 - Choose a date and confirm the appointment

  • By email:

What should you bring to the test? 

Bring your proof of identity. 

More information  

For more information about the tests, call 02 501 66 60.