IBA Mathematics Exam

IBA Mathematics Exam

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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. A number of foreign diplomas meet this requirement (check the admissions requirements per diploma for information regarding your specific diploma).

If your diploma is not equivalent to a Dutch pre-university diploma (VWO) RSM may still offer you the opportunity to take the Mathematics exam. This is determined during the evaluation after you have submitted your application. 

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. 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 75% or more on the exam, you will be considered to be sufficient in mathematics. Keep in mind that this does not guarantee a place in the programme.

IBA Mathematics exam

Applicants deemed to have an insufficient level of mathematics at the time of application are required to take the IBA mathematics exam. Applicants with an insufficient level of mathematics who do not take the mathematics exam and achieve a minimum score of 75% will be placed in the bottom tier of the ranking. Applicants who pass the exam with a minimum score of 75% will be considered to be sufficient in mathematics. Keep in mind that this does not guarantee a place in the programme. 

How to take the mathematics exam

Applicants deemed to have an insufficient level of mathematics or an insufficient grade need to take a mathematics exam in order to qualify for admission to the IBA programme. The mathematics 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 as well as a sample exam. For further information, consult this webpage
Once you are certain you want to take the exam (OMPT-A), you can register. It is your own responsibility to register for the exam. The costs of the exam are not covered by RSM. Note: RSM only allows for two attempts. The results from a 3rd attempt will not be accepted. 

Result mathematics exam

The minimum required grade for the math exam is 75%. The result must be available to RSM no later than 1 April 2020. It can take up to 5 working days for RSM to get the results of your exam, 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. 

Exemption from mathematics exam

Occasionally, RSM grants an exemption from the mathematics 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 served 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.

Accepted alternative exams only to be taken 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.