Current IBA students
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to take a mathematics entrance exam?
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A solid background in mathematics is important for successful participation in the IBA programme. We therefore require all of our students to prove they have attained a minimum level in mathematics. The minimum required level of Mathematics is a Dutch VWO secondary school Mathematics A exam with an unrounded grade of a 7.0 or VWO Mathematics B exam with a minimum unrounded grade of a 6.0. A pre-defined number of foreign diplomas meet this requirement, see the admissions requirements per diploma. Accepted alternatives, based on official documentation are:
RSM IBA Mathematics entrance exam
Applicants deemed to have an insufficient level of mathematics at the time of application may be asked to take the RSM IBA mathematics entrance exam offered by Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). Participation in the RSM IBA mathematics entrance exam is decided upon evaluation of your application. This entrance exam can be taken in a supervised environment in your home country and will be offered by RSM to eligible applicants in January, February and March (eligible candidates cannot choose the exam date but will be assigned to the next available date). No exams are offered after March. Therefore, it is to your advantage to take the mathematics exam as early as possible as it is only offered three times a year. IBA applicants who take the mathematics entrance exam must obtain a minimum score of 7.0 (out of 10). Keep in mind that successfully passing this exam means that you meet the mathematics requirement but it does not guarantee a place in the programme.
The RSM IBA mathematics entrance exam will not be offered to applicants who do not meet the required minimum mathematics grade. The mathematics entrance exam can also not be used as compensation if you have met the required level but not achieved the required grade.
View the mathematics topics to be tested in the mathematics entrance exam. To help you prepare you for the exam we have created a practice exam with solutions. A graphing calculator, formula sheets or other reference books are not allowed during the exam.
The EUR Mathematics Deficiency Exam (IBA level 2)
Applicants who take the EUR Mathematics Deficiency exam (offered by the Erasmus University) must obtain a minimum score of 7.0 (out of 10). The results must be submitted in the IBA Online Application Form (OLAF) no later than 1 March. You need to register for the EUR Mathematics Deficiency exam (level 2 IBA) by following the instructions as indicated on the Erasmus University website. Additionally, make sure that you have registered for the IBA programme in Studielink. Please be aware that the EUR Mathematics Deficiency exams are only held in March and May. You will be notified of the results within four weeks after taking the exam, which means that the results come out too late to be considered for the IBA ranking. Therefore, if you intend to take part in the EUR Deficiency Mathematics exam, you should plan to take the exam prior to the year you want to start the IBA programme. For instance, if you take the exam in 2019, you cannot start the IBA programme in the entry year 2019 but the year after. Keep in mind that successfully passing this exam means that you meet the mathematics requirement but it does not guarantee a place in the programme.
A VWO certificate Mathematics A or B taken at the Boswell-Beta is accepted for IBA. The exam result/certificate (minimum grade of 7.0 for VWO Mathematics A and a minimum grade of 6.0 for VWO Mathematics B) must be submitted in the Online Application Form (OLAF) no later than 1 March so plan your exam date carefully. Additionally, make sure that you have registered for the IBA programme in Studielink. Keep in mind that successfully passing this exam means that you meet the mathematics requirement but it does not guarantee a place in the programme.
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. The RSM IBA mathematics entrance exam cannot be used as compensation if you have met the required level but not achieved the required grade.
Exemption from the RSM IBA Mathematics entrance exam
If you want to be considered for an exemption from the RSM IBA mathematics entrance exam, you must provide a detailed overview of the mathematics subjects (including the 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. The reason we require this documentation is that we occasionally grant exemptions for mathematics based on this information. Keep in mind an exemption from the RSM IBA mathematics entrance exam does not guarantee a place in the programme.
- Last update:
- Wednesday, 20 March 2019