CNaVT Exams and Certificates
Excellence is the only authorized exam centre for the CNaVT exams in Bulgaria. The CNaVT is the official, internationally recognised Certificate of Dutch as a Foreign Language.
What and for whom?
The CNaVT exam is the official, international exam of Dutch as a Foreign Language for learners of Dutch all around the world. The CNaVT is a project of the Dutch Language Union, executed by the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) in collaboration with Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Tilburg (The Netherlands).
Why and which exam to take?
By passing an exam a language learner proves that he or she has mastered enough Dutch to be able to speak it, listen, read and write in certain contexts. People learn Dutch for a variety of reasons: to go on holiday in the Netherlands or Belgium for example. Or to study, live or work in a Dutch-speaking environment. For this reason the CNaVT has developed different profile exams. The language learner can choose which profile (exam) suits his or her needs best. Candidates can choose from the following profiles:
Profile "Maatschappelijk Informeel" (A2) - before: PTIT
For those who want to maintain social contacts with their Dutch-speaking family or friends. Also for those who want to demonstrate that they can manage as a tourist in a Dutch-speaking area, or for those who want to communicate with Dutch-speaking tourists in a non-professional context in their own country.
Profile "Maatschappelijk Formeel" (B1) - before: PMT
For those who have an interest in the Dutch language and culture or want to live in the Netherlands or Belgium for an extended period of time.
Profile professional language proficiency – PPT (B2)
For those who would like to work in an administrative or service-oriented profession and therefore need Dutch (e.g. as a secretary or bank employee).
Profile "Educatief Startbekwaam" (B2) - before: PTHO
For those who would like to study at a Dutch-speaking college of higher education or university.
Profile "Educatief Professioneel" (C1) - before: PAT
For those who have neared completion of their education in Dutch as a foreign language or for those who would like to teach Dutch as a foreign language. It is also for people who want to work in a Dutch-speaking academic environment, e.g. as a researcher.
Where, when, how and how much?
The CNaVT exam will be held in May 2016, and will be facilitated by an accredited examiner at Excellence Language Learning. Candidates must register with Excellence at least two months before the exam.
How to prepare for the exam?
Excellence runs exam preparation sessions to help candidates prepare for the exam. The sessions include information on the structure of the exam, useful tips and strategies, and a chance to practice using past papers.