IBA Mathematics Exam

IBA Mathematics Exam

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

A solid background in mathematics is important for successful participation in the IBA programme.

The minimum required level of Mathematics of each applicant must be comparable to a Dutch pre-university diploma (VWO) Mathematics A or B with a sufficient grade. Applicants with an insufficient Mathematics Grade or level need to take an additional Mathematics test. An insufficient grade or level for mathematics will put you in the bottom tier of the ranking.

How do I know if I need to take a test?
1. Check the admissions requirements for your specific diploma type

2. If your level of mathematics is deemed insufficient or you see that your Mathematics grade does not meet the minimum requirements, you can sign up for one of the test options listed below. Please note that when determining whether or not your math grade is sufficient, RSM will calculate your average grade. If, for example the grade from your last semester was sufficient, but the grades from the 2 previous semesters were not - your overall math grade will be deemed to be insufficient and we reccommend that you take the math exam to prove your proficiency. Please note that the SAT or ACT are not accepted.

When can I take the test?
You can take a Mathematics test even before you apply. We recommend that you consider the IBA Mathematics exam (OMPT-A), as this is an online test which you can take at any time. The results must be available to the RSM Admissions Office by the 1st of April. 

Important to know! 

  • The costs of the tests are covered by the applicant. 
  • A sufficient result of a Mathematics test does not guarantee a spot in the programme. It is simply a tool to make up for any deficiencies in your Mathematics level or grades. 
  • The OMPT-A exam is an online exam and can be taken anywhere in the world at any time of day. In order to help you decide if you would like to take the exam or not, you can view the math topics covered in the exam. Once you are certain you want to take the exam, you can register. The costs of the exam are not covered by RSM. It is your own responsibility to schedule the exam on time.

    NOTE: RSM only allows for two attempts. The results from a 3rd attempt will not be accepted. 

    For the exam registration, select for institution 'Erasmus University Rotterdam' and then programme 'International Business Administration (Rotterdam School of Management)' . Keep in mind that it can take up to 5 working days before you receive the exam results, so plan the exam accordingly. Successfully passing this exam means that you meet the mathematics requirement but it does not guarantee a place in the programme.

    Result of the  exam
    The minimum required grade for the math exam is 75%. The OMPT result must be available to RSM no later than 1 April. When you have received your OMPT certificate you need to upload this in the Online Application Form (OLAF).

  • 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.

    Note: RSM only allows for two attempts. The results from a 3rd attempt will not be accepted. 

  • 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.

    Note: RSM only allows for two attempts. The results from a 3rd attempt will not be accepted. 

  • The Dutch pre-university diploma (VWO) certificate Mathematics A or B from the Korteweg-de Vries Institute for mathematics 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.

    Note: RSM only allows for two attempts. The results from a 3rd attempt will not be accepted.