Dutch Test

Test your Dutch level with this test and find out which level of Dutch you are! In about 10 minutes and within 30 questions you will know what your level is. If you are still uncertain and would like to have a personal advice on your level, please send an email to dutchwithjoyce@gmail.com

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Dutch language levels

Like any language, the Dutch language can be tested on different levels. This is based on: The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, commonly known as CEFR. This is a guide line to describe the proficiency for languages across Europe. This framework consists out of 3 main categories (A, B, C) with each 2 sublevels. Knowing which level you are, gives you an idea where you are and where you need to go. This can be essential when you want to study Dutch or need to prep for an exam for visa purposes or VCE, HSC, etc. 

Aside from doing the quiz above to do the Dutch level test, you can also look in the table down below to determine your level Dutch language.  

What is my Dutch Level?


Starter or Beginner


  • You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • You can introduce yourself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you have.
  • You can interact in a simple way and have very simple conversations, provided that the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.



  • You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • You can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • You can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.



  • You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. And produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • You can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • You can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Upper Intermediate


  • You can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization.
  • You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • You can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.



  • You can understand a wide range of demanding, longer clauses, and recognize implicit meaning and express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • You can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes
  • You can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.



  • You can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read and hardly experience difficulty in not knowing what a word means.
  • You can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation
  • You can express yourselve spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

What level Dutch am I?

And what does my Dutch level mean?

Basically, this is a scale that you can put yourself on. If you haven’t started your Dutch yet or have done a little bit of Duolingo in Dutch, you are a beginner (A0). If you are really fluent in Dutch or have Dutch as your mothertongue, you are proficient (C2). Everything else will fall in between as you can read above.

Knowing this, will help you to see where you are at with your Dutch level and where you can improve in. This can be handy when you want:

– to join a course on  your Dutch level.
– to practice for High School tests on Cito, VCE and HSC level.
– to do the naturalisation exam (A2) or het ‘inburgeringsexam’.
– to pass for exams for visa purposes and Dutch citizenship  (B1-B2).
– to deepen your conversational skills with your family or on holidays

What do I do with my Dutch level test?

What are my next steps?

Congratulations! Now that you have your starting point, you can create a plan. The Dutch test gives you a broad idea of where you are now. You might have guessed some questions without knowing why. In that case, it’s good to look at your email and study the answers. This gives you a great idea and study of the Dutch grammar. 

You can definitely do some self-study, work with apps like Duolingo or speak with friends. This definitely gives you the practice you will need. 

If however, you are serious about improving your Dutch level, you might want some extra help to reach your new level quicker and better, to have someone who holds you accountable and helps you to improve, a course of private lessons are a great option. Especially if you are trying to pass an exam, help of professionals is highly recommended. 

With learning a language it’s sometimes hard to know if you are pronouncing things the right way, if your sentence structure is on point or if you use certain expressions and words the right way. You can then look for a local Dutch school or find a teacher that you resonate with to improve your Dutch level. If you are interested to find out if I am that teacher for you, then let’s set up a conversation or send me an email to find out more about my lessons!

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