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:

How long will it take for RSM to pre-screen my application?
I want to upload more documents to my application. How can I do this?
The grades from my final year were not available when I submitted my application. Can I still add them?
I still need to take a English / IBA math test. How do I send you the results?
I have a question. How can I contact the RSM Admissions Office?

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What are the minimum required scores for an English language test?

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.

The minimum required level of English proficiency is a Dutch pre-university (VWO) exam with an unrounded grade of a 7.0. A pre-defined number of foreign diplomas meet this requirement, see the admissions requirements per diploma.

Accepted alternatives, based on official documentation are:

  • TOEFL (Only internet-based exam scores are accepted): minimum overall score 80, minimum sub-score 18 (Reading, Listening and Speaking) and 21 for Writing. The online TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition is also accepted.
  • IELTS (Only academic exam scores are accepted): minimum overall score 6.5, minimum sub-score 6.0 (Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing).
  • Cambridge: B2 First (FCE) or C1 Advanced (CAE) with minimum overall score of 176 and minimum subscores of 170 or C1 Business Higher (BEC Higher) with minimum overall score 176 and minimum subscores of 170.

No other exam results will be accepted. The test results of IELTS and TOEFL must not be older than 2 years. All sub-scores must meet the minimum requirements within one exam, meaning that scores of two exams may not be combined to reach sufficient scores from different categories of the exam. 


  • Applicants who intend to prove their proficiency in the English language by taking an exam are expected to upload their certificate via the IBA Online Application system no later than 1 April. Documents submitted after 1 April will not be accepted.
  • Take into account that test dates at the test centres can fill up quickly, particularly during peak testing periods. Therefore we urge you to register to take the test as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Keep in mind that it can take several weeks to receive the results of your test. This means that you should plan to take the exam no later than 1 March.


You are exempt from taking an English language test if:

  • You have been taught in English for at least 2.5 years during your secondary school programme in one of the following countries: USA, UK, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa (English Home Language). 
  • You have an IB English A Standard Level Certificate with grade 5 or higher or IB English A Higher Level certificate with grade 4 or higher.
    For other diplomas see admissions requirements per diploma. If this does not apply to you, you may prove your English by taking an English language test

Possessing a passport from an English speaking country without having English language education does not grant exemption from an English language exam. 

Last update:
Thursday, 25 March 2021

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