The main component of the General Knowledge and Skills (AKV) assessment is a strong command of the Dutch language and good communication skills. The main emphasis will be on your ability to write and speak in Dutch, but skills such as listening and reading will also be assessed.
In order to be able to pass the AKV assessment, you will be expected to speak Dutch at Level 2 of the NT2 state examination (Dutch as a second language). In addition, the BIG Register recommends taking a course in medical Dutch (reading tip: Hoe zit het met staan? A Dutch Course for Foreign Doctors).
If the experiences of previously assessed foreign doctors are anything to go by, the level of NT2 is not actually sufficient. Therefore, it is important that you have mastered the language to level C1, which is equivalent to that of a competent Dutch speaker. Refer to this website for more information on Dutch language command levels.
A number of language institutes provide Dutch courses or training courses to help you pass the AKV assessment. The following institutes specialise in language courses geared to healthcare professionals:
In order to determine your language level, consider having your command of the Dutch language assessed by Groningen University Language Centre, for example. This institution will determine your Dutch language level for all skills on the basis of official tests.