Proof of Dutch knowledge for housing code

Would you like to rent social housing in Flanders?

To do so you need to be able to speak Dutch well enough to pass the Flemish Government’s A1 level test. Once you have lived in social housing for one year, you must be able to prove you have achieved this level.

The social housing association or the rental agency will test your knowledge of Dutch. What if you fail the test? You can then go to the Huis van het Nederlands, where you can enrol for a Dutch language course in Brussels. We can also give you information about self-study courses. If you learn Dutch independently, you can then take a test to prove the level you have achieved.

Which test are you taking at the Huis van het Nederlands?

The oral test takes half an hour and consists of two parts. In the first part you speak alone, the second part is a dialogue with the employee of the Huis van het Nederlands.

How to make an appointment for a test?

By telephone

Call +32 2 313 96 66

  • from Monday until Thursday
  • between 9.00 and 11.00

What do you bring to the test?

A valid proof of identity.

How to prepare for the test?

Practice test

You can take a practice test:

  • fill in your name
  • fill in your e‑mail address 
  • under school write: Huis van het Nederlands Brussels

The practice test shows how the test works. The level of Dutch in the practice test is not representative of the level of the real test.

To the practice test

Take a pre-screening

Are you unsure whether you have the required level of Dutch? 

Come to the Huis and take a pre-screening.

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More information

Would you like to know more about the tests? You can contact us via +32 2 313 96 00.

More information about the procedure is available on the website of the Agency for Integration and Civic Integration (Dutch only).

There you can also read the test regulations (Dutch only) and check the test instructions.