Dutch Language Test

A Dutch language test can help you hire the right employees, based on their proficiency in Dutch.

  • What is a Dutch language test?

    The Dutch language test assesses candidates on their level of proficiency in reading, understanding, writing, and speaking Dutch in a workplace setting.

    In an increasingly global world, businesses that want to operate internationally need to have employees that can communicate with potential customers, clients, and suppliers - and this means finding the right employee with the right level of knowledge.

    The Dutch language test assesses candidates on their knowledge of:

    • Grammar and vocabulary
    • Sentence composition
    • Reading comprehension

    The Dutch language test is simple to administer, even to a large number of applicants, and the results provide quantifiable data that can be used to select the top-performing candidates to take further into the recruitment process.

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    No more laborious sifting of resumes or cover letters. Pick your ideal assessment mix, invite your applicants to take them, see the results in your dashboard. Get to the interview stage fast.

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    All your candidates take the assessments on a level playing field. Only their results determine whether they get shortlisted.

  • Why is a Dutch language test so important when hiring?

    Using a Dutch language test when you are hiring an employee that needs to be proficient in speaking, understanding and writing Dutch takes the guesswork out of deciding which candidates have the required level of proficiency.

    In more 'traditional' application processes, recruitment teams have to rely on the self-reporting ability of a candidate to tell them how proficient they are in a language. This is not reliable; even if an applicant declares that they have good working knowledge or are proficient in their resume or cover letter, it might not meet the standards needed for the role.

    Unless you already have a native Dutch speaker on the recruitment team who can take an interview, finding out how strong a candidate's language skills are during other stages of the recruitment process is not easy either.

    Testing gives the recruitment team results that show whether a candidate is a basic language user, an independent user, or proficient (as based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Language).

    Using a Dutch language test means putting candidates through the same questions and challenges, with results that can be used to demonstrate the specific level of proficiency of each candidate. This data can be used to choose the candidates with the best language knowledge who will have the greatest potential for success.

    Dutch language tests can be used when recruiting for roles like:

    • Customer service representative
    • International account manager
    • Dutch-speaking sales assistant
    • Translator

    Using the Dutch language test to assess the proficiency of candidates in language skills will make sure that they have the required level of literacy to be able to understand and participate in business-related conversations, and remove language barriers from international trading and operations in Dutch-speaking countries.

Sample Dutch Language Test question

Ik ___ een beetje Nederlands.

  • versta

  • verstaan

  • verstaat

  • verstonden

How to assess Dutch language skills using our test

Our Dutch language test asks a variety of questions that vary in difficulty. Candidates who are proficient in Dutch should be able to answer most of the questions correctly.

The Dutch language test provides valuable insight into what a candidate knows and understands. The test is structured using multiple-choice questions: a familiar format for most test-takers, that allows for instant and objective scoring.

As well as the correct answer, there are typically 2–4 distractors, representing common misconceptions and mistakes. This helps make the test more challenging, so a candidate's ability can be measured more accurately.

Test scores are provided in the platform and can be compared to other test-takers in your talent pool, to see how they perform relative to each other.

Each test has been thoroughly reviewed to ensure accuracy and validity in line with industry standards. It has been written, examined and edited by Dutch language experts and psychometric professionals. It has also been reviewed by a diverse sample of job seekers to check for any issues including sensitivity, face validity, fairness and accessibility.

This test is continually monitored so our team can optimize performance and regularly assess fairness issues.


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Dutch Language Test FAQs

Why should you recruit Dutch speaking employees?

There are about 23 million native Dutch speakers, and Dutch is the official language in the Netherlands, Belgium, St. Maarten, Aruba, and Curacao. If you need to do business in any of these countries a Dutch speaking employee could be beneficial.

How do you test an applicant's Dutch language competency?

The most efficient way to test an applicant on their Dutch language competency is to set them an assessment that looks at their reading and listening comprehension as well as sentence construction, grammar, and vocabulary.

Why is knowledge of speaking Dutch important?

If your business is operating in an area or a country where there are a lot of Dutch-speaking people, employees need to have good Dutch language skills to communicate well across borders.

Who should take a language test in Dutch?

Any employee who needs to communicate in any way with customers, clients, or suppliers in Dutch speaking countries should be assessed to find out what their level of competency is in using the language.

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