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Mathematics summer course and entrance exam

The mathematics summer course and the entrance exam are meant for:

  • Prospective students who wish to meet the mathematics requirements for admission to one of the Faculty's programmes.
  • Prospective students that have obtained/are to obtain a HBO propaedeutic certificate (60 ECTS) and have passed only HAVO mathematics in their high school curriculum.
  • Prospective students for a FEB Pre-MSc programme - for whom passing the entrance exam is not obligatory - who wish to brush up their knowledge of mathematics.

The registration deadlines for the course and exams of 2020 have passed. It is no longer possible to register for the August course and exam.

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Entrance exam dates in 2020

  • April 9, 2020, 10:00-13:00 (cancelled)
  • August 10, 2020, 12:00-15:00 (registration deadline: August 5, 2020)
    Update: the exam takes place at the university).
  • Participation fee: EUR 100

Update July 20: as the test can now be held at the University, it can be offered again in Dutch as well as in English.

Prospective students from abroad

An online option to meet the mathematics entry requirements is made available for students from abroad starting one of the following programmes in academic year 2020-2021:

  • the BSc Bedrijfskunde/Business Administration;
  • the BSc International Business, or;
  • the BSc Economics and Business Economics

Contact us via math.feb for more information.

Material for the entrance exam covers for example

  • Solving linear and quadratic equations and inequalities
  • Solving systems of two or three linear equations
  • Solving exponential and logarithmic equations and inequalities
  • Determining derivatives of functions (using basic rules, rules for sums, products, and quotients, and the chain rule)
  • Investigating functions (solving equal to zero, minima/maxima, inflection points, drawing graphs, domain)

NB: Future students of the BSc programme Econometrics and Operations Research have an extended exam.

Preparation for the Math entrance test

  • FEB intensive summer course
  • You can find exercises and information on the summer course via Student Portal. Using small caps, you can log in with username: 'gaststudent' and password: 'hbo'. Go to 'Math Summercourse' under 'Courses'.
  • Textbook: 'Essential Mathematics for Economic Analysis', fourth or fifth edition, by Knut Sydsaeter and Peter Hammond.

Mathematics tests from other institutions: If you have passed another type of mathematics test, then you will need to contact the Admission Office of the Faculty (feb.bsc.admission as soon as possible to enquire with them whether this test and/or certificate will be acceptable instead of the FEB Math test. Note: the mathematics certificate from the Boswell-Bèta Institute is not accepted.

Summer course mathematics

The course takes five days. Each morning and each afternoon starts with a plenary lecture, during which the theory will be explained and examples will be demonstrated. Thereafter, tutorials will be held in smaller groups. During these tutorials, you have time to solve problems by yourself and there is a teacher available to help you with all problems you encounter. The general lectures are given in English. However, during the tutorials it is also possible to ask questions in Dutch.

Summer course 2020

Update: the course will partly be offered on-site and partly in an online setting.

  • 3 to 7 August, 2020, 9:00-18:00 (status: fully booked)
  • Intensive one-week course
  • Maximum number of participants: 60
  • Participation fee: EUR 475
  • Following the course gives access to one exam.

The book 'Essential Mathematics for Economic Analysis', fourth (or fifth) edition, by Knut Sydsaeter and Peter Hammond has to be purchased before the start of the course. Here you can also find the material that will be covered in the course. Please note that the subjects that are assessed in the extended exam for prospective students of Econometrics and Operations Research are not discussed in the course.

On the first day of the course each participant will receive:

  • a syllabus that includes the slides of the lectures with all relevant theory;
  • a list with important facts;
  • the exercises for the tutorials, homework exercises;
  • test exams.

It is also possible to enroll only for the exam, without taking the course. The exam takes three hours and will take place on the first Monday after the course. The test is offered in Dutch as well as in English.

Contact information

Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us:

  • The Maths Entrance Exam: math.feb
  • Admission requirements for study programmes of the Faculty of Economics and Business: feb.bsc.admission
  • HBO-propeadeutic certificates applicants can contact the Central Student Administration:
  • The procedure for the colloquium doctum (entrance exam): transfer.feb
Last modified:05 August 2020 4.19 p.m.