Exams through the Wereldschool

The subjects that students take up with the Wereldschool are followed by a nationalized state examination. The Wereldschool will guide the student up until this examination takes place. You will register your child for their subjects with the Wereldschool in their examination year. Your child will start their work with the manual and materials, and be guided remotely by a subject teacher. Your child will be guided through all the subject material, practices assignments, completes tests and receives feedback from the teacher.


The state examination is organized and conducted by the Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs, the Service for the Education, which is a part of the ministry of Education. The state examination consists of two parts: the Centraal Schriftelijk Examen (Central Written Examination) and the College examinations. The students of the Wereldschool take the state examinations at the end of the school year. You are required to register your child for the state examinations yourself. The state examinations are accompanied by fees, which the parents will have to pay themselves. Sending in projects, literature lists, and other materials which DUO requests also needs to be organized by the student themselves.

The state examination proceeds in several steps:

  • Step 1:

The registration has to be completed before 1 January of the year in which your child takes the examination. Examinations can be taken in one or multiple subjects. For each subject examination taken, the student receives a part diploma, which they can exchange for a full diploma down the line. If examinations are taken in all of the subjects, including the sector project (VMBO) or the profile project (HAVO and VWO), the student (if they successfully completed their exams) receives a diploma from DUO.

  • Step 2:

It is always necessary to read the information provided for each subject. You can find this information on the website of Duo . Following upon this, you choose ‘school-sort’ and the informational documents will appear per subject.

  • Step 3:

Payment of the examination fees needs to be completed to DUO before 1 February, and any changes need to have been passed on by then as well. For the examination fees, check www.duo.nl.

  • Step 4:

Sending in projects, literature lists, and profile or sector projects (as well as any additional material) needs to be completed before 1 May.

  • Step 5:

The Central Written Examination is taken by all students in the Netherlands. One test is conducted per subject. These examinations are usually organized at several locations throughout the country. The Central Written Examinations usually take place in the second half of May.

  • Step 6:

The College examination, on the other hand, is specifically for students who are doing the state examination. It is designed to replace the school examinations, meaning the examinations which students take at school. The College examination is an oral exam. This examination has to be taken in the Netherlands. The College examination is also conducted in the form of one test, and takes place in the months of July or August.

Results are published in July, after the last oral examination. The Wereldschool would love to hear about the results of their students.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact the Wereldschool.