Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions section where you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions in relation to our pre-experience Bachelor and Master programmes.

TOP 5 Frequently Asked Questions for IBA:

  1. What are the admissions requirements for my specific diploma?
  2. How and when can I apply?
  3. Can I send my application first and the results of my English test later?
  4. My mathematics grade does not meet the minimum admissions requirements. What can I do?
  5. Can I send my application first and the results of the mathematics exam later?

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Mathematics requirement

Can I be exempted from the mathematics entrance exam?

Occasionally, RSM grants an exemption from the mathematics entrance exam. If you want to be considered for an exemption, you must provide a detailed overview of the mathematics subjects (including the mathematics level, contents and total number of hours per week) taken in the three final years of your secondary education. The overview must be written in English, or accompanied by an official English translation, signed by your mathematics teacher (including contact details: name and email address) and bearing a school stamp. An exemption from the mathematics entrance exam does not guarantee a place in the programme.

Last update:
Thursday, 8 August 2019

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Do I need to provide an overview of the mathematics topics?

Occasionally, RSM grants an exemption from the mathematics entrance exam. If you want to be considered for an exemption, you must provide a detailed overview of the mathematics subjects (including the mathematics level, contents and total number of hours per week) taken in the three final years of your secondary education. The overview must be written in English, or accompanied by an official English translation, signed by your mathematics teacher (including contact details: name and email address) and bearing a school stamp. An exemption from the mathematics entrance exam does not guarantee a place in the programme. If you would like to be considered for an exemption it is very important that you submit your application early (in December). Applications are evaluated on a first come first serve basis. If you submit your application after December, we may not be able to give you feedback until March which will leave little time for you to be able to take the mathematics exam on time.

Last update:
Wednesday, 9 October 2019

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Do I need to take a mathematics exam?

Applicants deemed to have an insufficient level of mathematics or an insufficient grade based on the type of diploma need to take a mathematics exam in order to qualify for the programme. If you think that your grade does not reflect you mathematical abilities and that your level of mathematics will be enough to be successful in the IBA programme, you may choose to prove this by taking a mathematics exam. If you achieve a score of 75% or more on the exam, you will be considered to be sufficient in mathematics. You can find more information about the IBA mathematics exam on this webpage

It is your own responsibility to register for the exam. The costs of the exam are not covered by RSM. Also, keep in mind that successfully passing the mathematics exam means that you meet the mathematics requirement but it does not guarantee a place in the programme

Last update:
Thursday, 24 October 2019

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Do you accept SAT or ACT?

We do not consider SAT or ACT.

Last update:
Monday, 10 September 2018

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I want to take the mathematics exam at Boswell-Beta? Which level of mathematics is required?

The Dutch pre-university diploma (VWO) certificate Mathematics A or B taken at the Boswell-Beta is accepted for IBA. This mathematics exam can be taken only in the Netherlands. The exam certificate (minimum grade of 7.0 for VWO Mathematics A or a minimum grade of 6.0 for VWO Mathematics B) must be submitted in the Online Application Form (OLAF) no later than 1 April so plan your exam date carefully. Successfully passing this exam means that you meet the mathematics requirement but it does not guarantee a place in the programme.

Last update:
Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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My mathematics grade does not meet the minimum admissions requirements. What can I do?

If you think that your grade does not reflect you mathematical abilities and that your level of mathematics will be enough to be successful in the IBA programme, you may choose to prove this by taking a mathematics exam. If you achieve a score of 75% or more on the exam, you will be considered to be sufficient in mathematics. You can find more information about the IBA mathematics exam on this webpage

It is your own responsibility to register for the exam. The costs of the exam are not covered by RSM. Also, keep in mind that successfully passing the mathematics exam means that you meet the mathematics requirement but it does not guarantee a place in the programme

Last update:
Thursday, 12 December 2019

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Can I send in my application first and the result of the mathematics exam later?

Yes, you can submit an application first and send in the result of the mathematics exam later. The result of the mathematics exam must be received by the RSM Admissions Office no later than 1 April 2020 so plan your exam date accordingly.

Successfully passing the mathematics exam means that you meet the mathematics requirement but it does not guarantee a place in the programme. 

Last update:
Friday, 10 January 2020

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