School leaving exams start on Monday, continue to end of May


Over 200,000 secondary school pupils in the Netherlands start three weeks of exams today as the school leaving exam season opens.

On Monday, 10,447 pupils at vmbo (trade) schools will start their exam period with English and Dutch exams. The 60,600 pupils at pre-college schools (havo) kick off with physics and 41,500 pre-university (vwo) pupils face maths.

The last exams – what the Telegraaf describes as ‘exotic’ languages such as Russian, Spanish, Arabic and Turkish –  as well as Frisian, take place on the last exam day of May 29.

Repeat exams will be held in mid June. has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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