How our test assesses Dutch language skills
In Picked’s Dutch language test, candidates will need to answer a range of questions covering grammar, spelling, vocabulary, common phrases, and reading comprehension. With a varying degree of difficulty around the Common European Framework B2 (upper-intermediate) level, the questions on the test are intended to determine how well an applicant understands Dutch.
The test does not require any other knowledge except language proficiency, making it general enough to be used for any position that requires Dutch. The questions are presented in a multiple-choice format, which most candidates are familiar with, and allows for quick, objective grading.
The multiple-choice questions consist of one correct answer, and two to four other possible responses, which are called distractors. Distractors are common mistakes or misconceptions, and enhance the question’s ability to accurately measure a candidate’s proficiency.
This test was written, examined and revised by Dutch language and psychometric experts, and field tested with a representative sample of job applicants, who have varying degrees of fluency, just like you might find in a talent pool. We rigorously reviewed and analysed the test during the development process to maximise its reliability and validity in line with industry best practices.
In other words, this test empirically demonstrates consistency and measures the language knowledge as intended. Raw scores are provided, which are compared across candidates to see where they stand relative to one another.
This test has been reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues to maximise the candidate’s experience. This ensures each candidate has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of Dutch proficiency and feels the test is reasonable.
We also continually monitor and analyse this test to check for fairness issues and to optimise performance.