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.

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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 have to take a mathematics entrance exam?

The information on this webpage is currently being updated and is subject to change until 1 October 2019.

No rights may be derived from this publication. Please note that the RSM Admissions Office ultimately decides if the level and content of your education is sufficient and comparable to the Dutch secondary school system.

A solid background in mathematics is important for successful participation in the IBA programme. The minimum required level of Mathematics is comparable to a Dutch pre-university diploma (VWO) Mathematics A or B.  A number of foreign diplomas meet this requirement (check the admissions requirements per diploma).

Your diploma meets the mathematics level, but your grade is too low

An insufficient grade for mathematics will put you in the bottom tier of the ranking. For information regarding the mathematics grade requirement for your specific secondary school diploma, consult the admissions requirements per diploma.

RSM IBA mathematics entrance exam

Applicants deemed to have an insufficient level of mathematics at the time of application may be asked to take a mathematics entrance exam offered by Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). Participation in this exam is decided upon evaluation of your application. The exam will only be offered to applicants who at the time of application meet the minimum mathematics grade requirement for their diploma. Eligible applicants will be notified via the Online Application Form (OLAF) and receive a link with further instructions.

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

Exemption from 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.

Accepted alternative exams to be taken only in the Netherlands:

Boswell-Beta exam

The Dutch pre-university diploma (VWO) certificate Mathematics A or B taken at the Boswell-Beta is accepted for IBA. 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 presented to RSM no later than 1 April so plan your exam date accordingly. Make sure that you have registered for the IBA programme. Successfully passing this exam means that you meet the mathematics requirement but it does not guarantee a place in the programme.

The Central Committees for Entrance Exams (CCVX)

The Dutch pre-university diploma (VWO) certificate Mathematics A or B from the CCVX is accepted for IBA. The exam result (minimum grade of 7.0 for VWO Mathematics A or a minimum grade of 6.0 for VWO Mathematics B) must be presented to RSM no later than 1 April so plan your exam date accordingly. Make sure that you have registered for the IBA programme. Successfully passing this exam means that you meet the mathematics requirement but it does not guarantee a place in the programme.

The EUR Mathematics Deficiency Exam (IBA level 2)

The EUR Mathematics Deficiency exam (level 2 IBA) is offered by the Erasmus University. The minimum required score is a 7.0. The exams are only held in March and May. The results are published within four weeks after taking the exam which is too late to be considered for the IBA selection outcome. Therefore, you should plan to take the exam prior to the year you want to start the IBA programme. Make sure that you have also registered for the IBA programme. Successfully passing this exam means that you meet the mathematics requirement but it does not guarantee a place in the programme.

Last update:
Wednesday, 11 September 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. To check your mathematics level, view the diploma specific requirements.

Last update:
Thursday, 8 August 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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