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. 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.

When can I take the test?
You can take a Mathematics test even before you apply. We recommend that you consider the IBA Mathematcs 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. 

    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. RSM will check your result online. Make sure to select 'Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University' when you register for the exam. 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. 

  • 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 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 (level 2 IBA) is offered by the Erasmus University. The minimum required score is a 7.0. The result must be presented to RSM no later than 1 April. If you intend to take this exam, first check the exam dates! The exams are usually held in March and May and 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 (or consider one of the above-mentioned options). 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.