Entrance Examination Colloquium Doctum

At the moment we are busy planning the CD and Mathematics deficiency tests. Because of the Corona virus this unfortunately takes more time. It is expected that the deficiency tests will take place in March and April. We aim to publish the final schedule by the end of December.
We kindly ask you to be patient for a while. We apologize for the inconvenience.

CD in brief

If you wish to enrol in a bachelor programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) and do not have a diploma that provides immediate eligibility for registration, you can become eligible by successfully completing an entrance examination: the Entrance Examination Colloquium Doctum (CD). The CD consists of various tests, which vary per study programme and per faculty. After passing each test in the examination you will be allowed to enter the admissions procedure for the study programme of your choice. You may only request exemption of this requirement based on a diploma issued by a university preparatory education (vwo) or equivalent level institution.

The participation fee for the CD is € 100, regardless of the number of tests you sit for. In addition, students must be 21 years of age or older when they start the relevant study programme. The participation fee for the CD is 100, regardless of the number of tests you are required to complete. You are not entitled to a refund should you decide not to take the tests before the start of the CD

The successful completion of the CD does not automatically entitle you to admission to the programme of your choice. It merely removes the requirement of having a diploma from a regular pre-university institution that provides immediate entry to your chosen EUR programme at the moment of application. This means that after successfully completing the CD, you can apply for admission to the programme. The EUR programme’s admissions board will subsequently determine whether you will be accepted as a student in that programme.

Keep in mind that due to high demand some study programmes must adhere to admissions quota or a selection procedure (Medicine, for example). In effect, this means that there are a limited number of spots for new students or that some students have to be turned away during admissions. You are generally required to apply at an earlier time for these programmes. In addition, you need to present proof of registration with the Education Executive Agency (DUO). For further information about this subject, please visit this government web page and this page on the DUO website.  

Procedure

  • Procedure and requirements for an entrance examination:

      • Please note: You are required to contact Erasmus MC’s Onderwijs Service Centrum (OSC) if you want to sit for an entrance examination for a degree programme offered by this faculty (Medicine).

        The procedure below applies to those wishing to enrol for another study programme:

        1. You should start the enrolment process for the entrance examination (EE) in Studielink. Register using your DigiD. Then enter your most recently obtained prior education. Complete the entire process in Studielink. You will receive your ERNA account via your personal e-mail within 24 hours; use this to complete your application.
        2. When the EE enrolment period opens (check the dates on this page), you can continue the enrolment by clicking on the enrolment button at the bottom of this page. If the button does not work, this means the enrolment is not yet open. Complete the entire enrolment process on the website in one go. Make sure you can pay (by iDEAL or credit card) and that you can upload any attachments (for a request for exemptions). Complete the entire process, do NOT leave the enrolment open.
          N.B. If you think that you are eligible for exemption from parts of the EE, you can add certified copies of your diplomas and lists of marks as attachments to the enrolment form.
        3. After you have paid and enrolled, you will receive a confirmation by e-mail (in your EUR student e-mail address and your personal e-mail address). This also serves as your evidence of enrolment. Please first check your spam folder if you think that you have not received a confirmation.
        4. Prepare properly for the tests!
          Make sure you have sufficient time for the test preparation. Also make sure that you arrive at the right location in time on the day of the test. Visit the website about examinations to see what you can expect https://www.eur.nl/onderwijs/praktische-zaken/tentamens.
      • Because of the situation with the COVID-19 virus it is not possible to take the tests at the University. The tests will also be taken digitally next year.

         

      • You will be notified of the results by e-mail within four weeks of taking the exam. The examinations are prepared and checked by external lecturers. It is not possible to correspond with these lecturers. Your work and calculations will remain available for inspection for a maximum of four weeks after you have received the result.

      • You are entitled to take a CD twice per calendar year; once during the first round in March and once during the second round in April. If you achieve unsatisfactory results for one or more subjects during the first round in March, we will automatically register you for the second round of the same tests in April. If you fail this resit too, you will have to reapply for the CD in the following academic year.

      • You pass the colloquium doctum if you have obtained a sufficient result for all parts (at least a 5.5). Compensation of the parts is not possible. A completed Colloquium Doctum is valid for 2 years, this also applies to any individually obtained tests.

      • Overview of the subjects to be tested per study programme.

          • Dutch
          • English
          • History, level 2
          • Dutch
          • English
          • Mathematics, level 1 (Mathematics C) (Dutch version)
          • Dutch
          • English
          • Mathematics, level 2 (Mathematics A)
          • Dutch
          • English
          • Mathematics, level 1 (Mathematics C)
          • History, level 2
          • Dutch
          • English
          • German
          • Mathematics, level 1 (Mathematics C) or History, level 1 (examinee's option)
          • Dutch
          • English
          • German or French (examinee's option)
          • History, level 2
          • Dutch
          • English
          • Physics
          • Chemistry
          • Biology
          • Mathematics, Level 2 (A) or 3 (B)
          • Dutch
          • English
          • History, Level 2
          • Dutch
          • English
          • Mathematics, level 1 (Mathematics C)
          • English (grade 7 or higher)
          • History, level 2
          • Dutch
          • English (grade 7 or higher)
          • History, level 1
          • Mathematics, level 1 (Mathematics C) (English version)
          • Dutch
          • English (grade 7 or higher)
          • History level 2
          • English (grade 7 or higher)
          • Mathematics, level 2 (Mathematics A) (English version) 
          • Dutch
          • English
          • German or French (examinee's option)
          • History, level 2 
          • Dutch
          • English
          • Mathematics, level 1 (Mathematics C) (Dutch version)
          • Dutch
          • English
          • Mathematics, level 1 (Mathematics C) (Dutch version)
          • Dutch
          • English
          • Mathematics, level 1 (Mathematics C) (Dutch version)
      • 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 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.

        • Summarising an article from the NRC-Handelsblad or comparable daily, weekly or monthly newspaper and writing a brief response to the article. 

          Please note it is not allowed to use a bilingual dictionary.

        • 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.

          Please note

           it is not allowed to use a bilingual dictionary.

          sample test May 2010

        • 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. 

          Please note it is not allowed to use a bilingual dictionary.

        • On the basis of 4 or 5 short texts from Le Monde or a comparable daily, weekly or monthly magazine, the text comprehension is tested in French. In Dutch, questions are asked about the texts that have to be answered in Dutch.

          Please note it is not allowed to use a bilingual dictionary.

        • Please note that no formula card and no graphing or programmable calculator may be used when taking the mathematics level 1 entrance examination. See the comment in this regard in the examination syllabus.

        • Please note that no formula card and no graphing or programmable calculator may be used when taking the mathematics level 2 entrance examination. See the comment in this regard in the examination syllabus.

        • 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.

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

          Please note that no formula card and no ordinary, graphing or programmable calculator may be used when taking the mathematics level 3 entrance examination. See the comment in this regard in the examination syllabus.

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

        • Knowledge of general history of the 20thcentury and of actual events. Required reading: Eelco Beukers en Stephan Kleine.(eindredactie), MeMo, geschiedenis voor de tweede fase. Handboek (leer- opdrachtenboek) Vwo (Uitgeverij Malmberg; 's Hertogenbosch, 2012; Vierde druk) ISBN 978-90-345-6990-5. Chapters 11 -  14 must be studied (page 250 up to and including 378).
          This book is available at the Erasmus Bookshop Studystore (www.studystore.nl), V-Building (VB-040), Phone: 010 - 408 11 50, Email: info@studystore.nl

          Exam: multiple-choice test.

        • For law programmes, ACW, IBACS, Geschiedenis, IBH.
          Answering questions about general history of the 19th and 20th centuries and about actual events.

          Required reading: Eelco Beukers en Stephan Kleine. (eindredactie), MEMO MAX, geschiedenis Bovenbouw VWO

          Handboek (leer- opdrachtenboek) Vwo (Uitgeverij Malmberg; 's Hertogenbosch, 2015; Vijfde druk) ISBN 9789402028683
          Chapters 8 - 14 must be studied (page 198 up to and including 370).

          This book is available at the Erasmus Bookshop Studystore (www.studystore.nl), at the accredited bookstore under the name MEMO MAX Bovenbouw VWO and the abovementioned ISBN numbers.

          Exam: essay-questions (in Dutch).

    Additional facilities

    • Students with temporary or structural forms of disability can make use of additional facilities within reasonable limits for the duration of this disability. They need to register for this. These extra facilities include: extra examination time. This should contribute to an equal chance of study success for the participants.

    More information on and regulations for sitting exams at EUR

    Refer to this page for more information, including a handy 'do not forget' section, on participating in examinations at EUR. The same regulations as regular written examinations are applicable on the entrance examination CD.  

    Questions

    You can direct any questions about the entrance examinations you might have at: