Overview of the required knowledge level per subject

Testing for the various subjects takes place at pre-university level. For mathematics and history there are two levels. In the case of mathematics, the level for business administration/bedrijfskunde, international business administration and economics is higher than that of the other faculties; and for history, the level is higher for law studies, history and general cultural studies.

Dutch

Summarising an article from the NRC-Handelsblad or comparable daily, weekly or monthly newspaper and writing a brief response to the article.
It is not allowed to use a bilingual dictionary.

English

Exact translation into Dutch of a simple prose text from The Times (or comparable daily, weekly or monthly newspaper or magazine) and summarisation of a prose text in good Dutch. Marks will be deducted for linguistic errors in the Dutch if they impede comprehension.

N.B.: use of a translation dictionary during the admission test is not permitted.

+ sample test May 2010

German

Translating into Dutch a simple prose text from the Süddeutsche Zeitung or comparable daily, weekly or monthly newspaper – as well as summarising a prose text in good Dutch.
It is not allowed to use a bilingual dictionary.

French

Translating into Dutch a simple prose text from Le Monde or comparable daily, weekly or monthly newspaper – as well as summarising a prose text in good Dutch.
It is not allowed to use a bilingual dictionary.

Mathematics, level 1

For a description of the examination topics click here.

For a reference to literature click here.

Practice Exam, level 1

Answers

Graphic or programmable calculators are not allowed. Also note the other remarks on the list of examination topics.

Mathematics, level 2 (IBEB/IBA)

For a description of the examination topics click here.

For a reference to literature click here.

Practice Exam, level 2

Answers

The use of a so called “graphing calculator” or “programmable calculator” is not permitted.
“Simple” scientific calculators are allowed.

Mathematics, level 3

Prospective students for Econometrics & Operational research with the Dutch VWO diploma and maths A1 + 2 but without maths B1 in their final examination, are obliged to pass an additional test B1 organised by Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Relevant study information is to be found in the following books:
Getal & Ruimte NT/NG 4, chapter 1 thru 5 and Getal & Ruimte NT/NG 5, chapter 1.

Dutch Practice Exam, level 3

Graphic or programmable calculators are not allowed. Also note the other remarks on the list of examination topics.

If you need help to pass the Mathematics test click here.

History, level 1

Knowledge of general history of the 20th century and of actual events. Required reading: M. Kropman e.a., MeMo (3nd print) geschiedenis voor de tweede fase. Handboek VWO published by Malmberg, den Bosch, 2007-2008, ISBN: 978-90-345-3337-1. You can order the book in the bookshop. Chapters 9-13 must be studied (page 232 upto and including 390).

Exam: multiple-choice test.

History, level 2

for law programmes, general cultural studies and history.
Answering questions about general history of the 19th and 20th centuries and about actual events. Required reading: M. Kropman e.a. MeMo (3nd print) geschiedenis voor de tweede fase. Handboek VWO published by Malmberg, den Bosch, 2007-2008, ISBN: 978-90-345-3337-1. You can order the book in the bookshop. Chapters 8-13 must be studied (page 204 upto and including 390).

Exam: essay-questions.

Economics

Knowledge of Economics, as required for the subject Economics 1,2 final
examination of VWO.