Entrance Examination Colloquium Doctum

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CD in short

If you wish to enroll in a Bachelor's programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), including Erasmus MC programmes, and you do not have a diploma that provides immediate entry, you can be admitted by successfully completing an entrance examination: the Entrance Examination Colloquium Doctum (CD). 

The CD consists of various tests, which can vary per study programme or per faculty. In general, the tests are of pre-university level. You will only be admitted to the study programme of your choice if you pass each test in the examination. Also, students entering study programmes via successful completion of the CD must be 21 years of age or older when they start the relevant study programme.

Passing the CD for a study programme at EUR allows you to demonstrate you do possess the required knowledge level for it. You can also participate in a state examination via DUO (state examination webpage in Dutch). Passing the entrance examination provides entry to one study programme at one university. You should only take part in this procedure if you are certain you want to participate in a specific study programme at a specific university. It can be wiser to simply obtain a diploma that allows for direct access, since this will give you more options in life. To apply for the CD, use the button at the bottom of this page.

Keep in mind that some study programmes must adhere to admissions quota due to high demand. An example of this is our bachelor programme International Business Administration. If you want to apply for this type of study programme, you're required to register for this programme with the Dutch national student registration system Studielink months earlier than for other study programmes. Refer to this webpage of the organisation behind Studielink and this Dutch governmental webpage for more information.

 

Procedure

Participation

To be allowed to participate in the CD, register with the University via Studielink. Once you complete this registration you'll receive an ERNA student number, a number that must be entered into the CD's application form.

You are charged a one-time €120 fee per study programme for which you want to participate in its CD, irrespective of the number of tests you do. Refunds are not allowed, even if you decide to not participate after your registration and before the actual test takes place. To apply for the CD, use the button at the bottom of this page.
Exemptions for specific tests are only allowed on the basis of you supplying proof of your possession of pre-university education certificates or equivalents, as well as the corresponding transcript(s) showing your grades. You can add scans of these documents to your application via the application form. 

After you've completed your payment and are registered for the CD, you'll receive a registration confirmation via e-mail. Check your e-mail account's spam or junk folder if you cannot find the confirmation. This e-mail serves as your proof of registration.

Location, date and time

The CD's are held on the ground floor of the Van der Goot Building (former M-Building). Scroll down further to find the dates and times on which the tests take place.

Results

You will be notified of the results by e-mail within four weeks after 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.

Passing CD's

To pass the CD for all study programmes you must achieve a result of 5,5 or higher for each test, Compensation is not allowed. Your results remain valid for two years.

Resits and failure

You are entitled to sit the CD you apply for twice per calendar year; once during the first round and once during the second round. If you achieve unsatisfactory results for CD tests during the first round, you'll be registered for the second rounds of the same tests automatically. If you fail the resit as well, you'll have to reapply for (and repay) the CD in the subsequent year.

What happens when I pass the exams?

When you pass the CD for a study programme of your choice, you are not registered for this study programme automatically. First, enter the CD as a relevant prior education in Studielink. Once this is done, register for the study programme(s) of your choice as soon as possible. Students entering study programmes via the CD must be 21 years of age or older when they start said study programme.

Keep in mind that some study programmes must adhere to admissions quota due to high demand. An example of this is our bachelor programme International Business Administration. If you want to apply for this type of study programme, you're required to register for this programme with the Dutch national student registration system Studielink months earlier than for other study programmes. Refer to this webpage of the organisation behind Studielink and this Dutch governmental webpage for more information.


Overview of the subjects to be tested per study programme

Arts and Culture Studies

  • Dutch
  • English
  • History, level 2 
Public Administration
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Mathematics, level 1 (Dutch version)

Business Administration/Bedrijfskunde

  • Dutch
  • English
  • Mathematics, level 2
  • History, level 1
Criminology
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Mathematics, level 1
  • History, level 2
Philosophy
  • Dutch
  • English
  • German
  • Mathematics, level 1 or History, level 1 (examinee's option)
Tax Law
  • Dutch
  • English
  • German or French (examinee's option)
  • History, level 2
Medicine
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics, Level A or B
History
  • Dutch
  • English
  • History, Level 2
Health Sciences
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Mathematics, level 1
International Bachelor's Degree: Communication & Media (IBCOM)
  • English (grade 7 or higher)
  • History, level 1
  • Mathematics, level 1 (English version)
International Business Administration (IBA)
  • English (grade 7 or higher)
  • Mathematics, level 2 (English version) 
Dutch Law
  • Dutch
  • English
  • German or French (examinee's option)
  • History, level 2 
Pedagogical Sciences
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Mathematics, level 1 (Dutch version)
Psychology
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Mathematics, level 1 (Dutch version)
Sociology
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Mathematics, level 1 (Dutch version)

 

Overview of the required knowledge level per study programme

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. 
Please note 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.

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

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. 
Please note 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.
Please note it is not allowed to use a bilingual dictionary.
Mathematics, level 1 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.
Mathematics, level 2 (IBA) 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.
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.

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.

History, level 1

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@remove-this.studystore.nl

Exam: multiple-choice test.

History, level 2

For law programmes, general cultural studies and history.
Answering questions about general history of the 19th and 20thcenturies and about 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 9 - 14 must be studied (page  206 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@remove-this.studystore.nl
Exam: essay-questions.

 

Deadlines inschrijvingen en andere belangrijke data
Registration deadlines and other important dates

 

Aanmelden voor de toetsen in maart 2017 kan van maandag 13 februari t/m vrijdag 10 maart 2017.
Registrations for the exams in March 2017 are open between Monday 13 February and Friday 10 March, 2017.

Table: entrance exams March 2017
Date Time Toets: Subject:
20 March 09.30-12.30 Engels English
20 March 13.30-16.00 Wiskunde 1 (IBCom), Wiskunde 2 en 3 Mathematics 1 (IBCoM), Mathematics 2 and 3
20 March 13.30-14.45 Wiskunde 1 (overige opleidingen) Mathematics 1 (other study programmes)
21 March 09.30-12.30 Duits German
21 March 13.30-16.00      Geschiedenis II (ESL/ESHCC) History 2 (ESL/ESHCC)
21 March 13.30-14.15 Geschiedenis I (overige opleidingen) History 1 (other study programmes)
22 March 09.30-11.30 Nederlands Dutch
22 March       13.30-16.30 Frans French

 

Aanmelden voor de toetsen in mei 2017 kan van maandag 10 april t/m vrijdag 05 mei 2017.
Registrations for the exams in May 2017 are open between Monday 10 April and Friday 05 May, 2017. 

Table: entrance exams May 2017
Date Time Toets: Subject:
15 May 09.30-12.30 Engels English
15 May 13.30-16.00        Wiskunde 1 (IBCoM), Wiskunde 2 en 3 Mathematics 1 (IBCoM), Mathematics 2 and 3
15 May 13.30-14.45 Wiskunde 1 (overige opleidingen) Mathematics 1 (other study programmes)
16 May 09.30-12.30 Duits German
16 May 13.30-16.00 Geschiedenis II (ESL/ESHCC) History 2 (ESL/ESHCC)
16 May 13.30-14.15 Geschiedenis I (overige opleidingen) History 1 (other study programmes)
17 May 09.30-11.30 Nederlands Dutch
17 May     13.30-16.30 Frans

French

 


Special facilities for students with a functional limitation

Students with a temporary or structural functional limitation may make use of certain facilities (within reasonable limits) for the duration of their functional limitation. These facilities include modified examination facilities and are intended to ensure an equal chance of study success for all students. Participants who wish to make use of these special facilities must successfully apply for this privilege first.     

Obtaining permission

Student who wish to make use of said special facilities should submit a written request in which they present the nature of their situation to the examining board of their relevant faculty. If you are enrolled at two different faculties, you should submit a separate request to the examination board of each faculty. Refer to the table below to find the contact information of the various examination boards at EUR.

The examining board will decide whether you are eligible on the basis of your impairment to sit written examinations in the above rooms, and the period of time to be covered by this consent. Once you have received permission and are allowed to make use of the special facilities, apply for these in the next subsection.

Application

The documents in which your examination board gives her consent to make use of special facilities for students with a temporary or structural functional limitation can be sent to cd-deficientietoets@remove-this.oos.eur.nl by e-mail. The documents must be received within a minimum of seven days before the actual test. Afterwards your examination administration will make sure that you are able to make use of special facilities while doing your Entrance Examination.

Location and times

Participants with functional limitations that have permission are allowed to do the Exam in two small lecture halls on the first floor of the Van der Goot Building (previously the M Building). The room numbers are M1-5 and M1-6. Both these rooms can accommodate up to 20 participants at a time. Participants sitting examinations in these rooms start their exams half an hour earlier than the other students; at 09.00, 13.00 and 18.00 respectively. Thus, the examinations will finish at the same time as is the case for any other participant. 

 

EUR Examinations Boards - contact

Examination Board Erasmus School of Economics (ESE)

Contact form

Examination Board Erasmus School of Law (ESL)

Contact form

Examination Board Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB)

E-mail: essb-excie@essb.eur.nl

Examination Board Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

Contact form

Examination Board Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC)

E-mail: examencie@eshcc.eur.nl

 

Examination Board Faculteit der Wijsbegeerte (FW)

E-mail: examencommissie@fwb.eur.nl

Examination Board Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)

Contact form

 

 

 

 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:

 

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