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.

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English proficiency

What is the RSM institutional code for the TOEFL exam?

The institutional code of RSM is 0798 and for Erasmus University 7199 (you can use either). TOEFL exam results can be verified by the admissions office online if you have given Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University permission to access your score. Please do so!

Last update:
Tuesday, 29 August 2017

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Can I use my passport to prove my language proficiency?

No, having a passport does not prove proficiency in a language. 

Last update:
Monday, 3 September 2018

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Can RSM verify my TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge results online?

Yes, RSM can check your TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge results online. However, the RSM Admissions Office can only do this if you upload a copy of your score report in your application:

TOEFL: The institutional code of RSM is 0798 and for Erasmus University 7199 (you can use either). If you have not requested for the score report to be sent to RSM, we can still verify the score directly with TOEFL. Note that the scores can only be verified 2 years from the test date. If your test is older than this, please contact us.  

IELTS: In order to verify your IELTS score, RSM needs the code which is written on the bottom right corner of your test report. Always upload your full score report during the application process. 

Cambridge: In order for RSM to verify your Cambridge score, you need to add your Cambridge candidate ID number and secret number to your application with your score report. By sharing this information, you give us permission to verify the result. If you do not have the candidate ID and secret number, you must contact the authorized examination centre where the examination was originally taken. Cambridge tests taken before 2005 can not be verified.

Note: it is sufficient to upload your score report and follow the instructions mentioned above. It is not needed for TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge to send us your English certificate by postal mail. 

Last update:
Monday, 9 September 2019

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Can I apply with an institutional TOEFL (ITP) test / TOEFL ITP® Plus for China?

Generall speaking RSM does not accepted the TOEFL ITP for admission to our MSc programmes. The reason for this is that this type of exam does not include a verbal part.

RSM does however temporarily accept the TOEFL ITP® Plus for China. Students who have taken this test, will be required to take a additional verbal test via the Erasmus University Language & Training Center. 

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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Can I submit my proof of English proficiency or GMAT results after I have applied?

All relevant information such as your proof of English proficiency and your GMAT results (if applicable) must be available to RSM by the application deadline, or before the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first). When scheduling a test date keep in mind that it can take several weeks to receive your test score. Plan ahead!

For the MSc International Management/CEMS programme the results must be submitted by the application deadline of 31 January. 

If you submit your application first with only your academic transcripts, the RSM Admissions Office can already start evaluating your application and let you know wether you meet the academic requirements. However during the busy period (January - May) the evaluation times are longer, so keep this in mind when planning your tests.

 

Last update:
Wednesday, 23 September 2020

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Does RSM/Erasmus University offer English tests?

Regularly scheduled test/course

The Erasmus University Language & Training Centre (LTC) offers intake tests throughout the year, which will determine your current level of proficiency, as well as English courses from September onwards. You can always participate in a Language test at the EUR LTC on their regularly scheduled test dates at your own cost. You can check for the next possible test date on their website. Please note that the ITP TOEFL test offered by the EUR LTC is not accepted as it does not test the speaking abilities of the candidate.

RSM English test (only available to students from Dutch educational institutions; HBO/WO)

RSM together with the LTC also offers English tests free of charge with the following conditions:

Test dates and times: The tests will only be offered on two specific moments of the year:

  • The first test will be given on week 49 (30 november – 4 december 2020) - registration for this test date has closed

  • The second test will be given on week 15 (12 – 16 april 2021)

  • You can only take the test once free of charge. It is not possible to re-schedule the test due to illness or any other reason. If you fail to achieve a C1 level result, you can retake the test at your own cost.

  • On both dates the writing part of the test takes place in the morning and the verbal part in the afternoon. Therefore you need to be available throughout the day of the test.

Registering for the test: You can register for the test when applying to RSM and filling in the Online Application Form (OLAF). You must submit your application for the programme of your choice at least three weeks before the date of the test you want to participate in. The RSM Admissions Office will then evaluate your application, and if you meet the other minimum requirements, we will register you for the test with the EUR LTC. 

Results of the test:  After the test you will receive an overview of your results, but you will not receive an official language certificate. RSM will only accept your resutls if the minimum obtained overall level as well as individual components meet the C1 requirement.The test results are only valid for your application for RSM. The results of the 1st test will be availabe by mid January. The results of the 2nd test will be available in the beginning of May. Keep this in mind especially when applying for the programmes with a maximum capacity. 

Personal circumstances: Students with dyslexia or other personal circumstances can request for additional time to take the test. It’s required to notify the LTC by e-mail before the test date about any personal circumstances. In the email you should include your dyslexia statement or any other relevant statements.

 

Last update:
Wednesday, 11 November 2020

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My previous education was in English. Is this sufficient proof of my English proficiency?

Option 1 - Secondary education as proof of English proficiency: 

  • Your secondary school was taught completely in the English language in one of the following countries: USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or within the EU/EEA.
  • You have an International Baccalaureate (IB) English A Higher Level certificate with grade 4 or higher or IB English A Standard Level Certificate with grade 5 or higher.
  • You have obtained a European Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum grade of 7.0 for English (language 1 or 2).

If it is not mentioned on the diploma, or on the website of the school that the programme was taught completely in the English language, an official statement provided by the school is required.

Option 2 - Bachelor degree as proof of english proficiency:

  • the degree programme was taught completely in English in one of the following countries: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or within the EU/EEA.
  • If the programme was taught in 2 languages (for example Dutch and English) you must show proof that at least 120 EC were taught in English. This equals 2 full study years if the bachelor is a 3 year programme. 

If it is not mentioned on the diploma, or on the website of the university that the programme is taught in English, an official statement provided by the university is required.

Option 3 - Master degree as proof of English proficiency:

  • Your master degree programme was taught completely in the English language in one of the following countries: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or within the EU/EEA
  • and you have completed this degree at the time of applying to RSM.

If it is not mentioned on the diploma, or on the website of the university that the programme is taught completely in the English language, an official statement provided by the university is required.

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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I took a C1 level English course or test as a part of my university studies (in the EU/EEA). Is this accepted as proof of English proficiency?

RSM accepts English course/test results at C1 level (CEFR) taken at any accredited university of applied science or research university within the EU/EEA. All aspects of the language must have been included in the test (reading, writing, listening and speaking skills).

You must be able to provide proof of this in your application. Accepted forms of proof are:

  • a course certificate clearly indicating the the obtained level
  • an official statement, filled in and signed by your university (you can also have your university fill in the RSM provided English Proficiency form)

NOTE: Online tests, such as the OLS (Online Linguistics Support for Erasmus+) or Oxford Online Placement test are not accepted.

The Language & Training Centre (LTC) of Erasmus University, Rotterdam offers intake tests throughout the year, which will determine your current level of proficiency, as well as English courses from September onwards. 

Current RSM BA students are strongly recommended to consider the BA English courses in trimester 7 as this option is (eventually) free of charge.

The accepted RSM courses are:

  • Language course English level C1.1 (BKB1035-C)
  • English business speaking and writing skills (BKB1035-D)
Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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I have a functional disability (for example Dyslexia). Can this be taken into consideration when looking at the scores of my English test?

If you have a documented functional disability (such as Dyslexia, ADHD etc.), we advise you to do the following:

When planning your English test, try to see if you can arrange to have extra time to take the test. For example if you take a language test at the Erasmus Language & Training Center, extra time can usually be granted. It may be more difficult to arrange this when taking a standardized test (IELTS, Cambridge or TOEFL). 

If after taking the test your scores are insufficient, contact the RSM admissions office for further advise. If you already started your application, you can add your current scores, along with documentation about your disability (such as a dyslexia statement) to your application. 

Last update:
Monday, 18 January 2021

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