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Colloquium doctum

What is a colloquium doctum?

A colloquium doctum is a university entrance exam for anyone who does not have a diploma that would grant direct admission to the degree programme, such as a VWO diploma or an hbo propaedeutic diploma. You have to be at least 21 years old at the starting date of the programme.

The colloquium doctum consists of several tests at a vwo final exam level.

How do I sign up with a colloquium doctum?
  • Sign up in Studielink. When registering in Studielink, do not enter any previous courses if you want to make use of the colloquium doctum.
  • Once you have registered for the programme, you will receive information mid-march on your student email from the RUG about how and when to register for the tests.
    Practice tests will also be made available at that time.
  • You can make an appointment via the Student Service Desk with one of our study advisors (050 363 6301). At this appointment questions can be asked about the procedure and possible exemptions can be discussed and processed.

The tests

The exam consists of two tests: mathematics and English. For psychology you will also have to take a biology test.

  • Mathematics test
    Mathematics will be tested making arithmetical calculations. While making the test calculators or other aids are not allowed.
    Many English books can be used, search for: "common core" and “algebra 1".
    Subjects to be studied: [1] Foundations for algebra [2] Solving equations [3] Solving inequalities [4] An introduction to functions [5] Linear functions [6] Systems of equations and inequalities [7] Exponents and exponential functions [8] Polynomials and factoring [9] Quadratic functions and equations [10] Radical expressions and equations [11] Rational expressions and functions [12] Data analysis and probability (only summation and factorials).
  • English test
    Non-native English speakers must provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the standard tests. For an overview, please see
    Please be aware that it is your own responsibility to schedule and take this test. This test is not organized by the Psychology programme.
  • Biology test (only for Psychology)
    You will be tested by multiple choice questions.
    You can prepare by studying "Foundational concepts in Neuroscience" by David E. Presti (2015), ISBN (13) 9780393709605. You do not need to study chapters 3, 8 and 9.

It is possible to get extra time in case of AD(H)D, dyslexia or other functional limitations. For English and Math, you will receive 30 minutes extra. You can request extra time by sending a request to toelatingstoetsen.gmw, accompanied by an official medical statement from an authorized person or organization.

Exam dates and location

Exam dates

Friday 12 May 2023

  • 9.00-11.00 h. Mathematics
  • 12.30-14.00 h. English
  • 15.30-17.00 h. Biology (Note! Only for Psychology)

Friday 23 June 2023

  • 8.30-10.30 h. Mathematics
  • 12.15-13.45 h. English
  • 15.00-16.30 h. Biology (Note! Only for Psychology)


The exams will be takenat the Aletta Jacobs hall of the University of Groningen.

Test registration and payment

Cost and payment

You pay one-time total of €50 for the exam. For €50 you may take the two (or three) tests and retake each test once in the same academic year.

The amount must be credited to the bank account below 10 working days before the test (equals the deadline for the tests).

Please note! Non-payment means no participation in the test. There is no possibility of refund of this amount.

Payment details:
University of Groningen, Faculty of GMW
IBAN: NL 87 ABNA 0401 7178 01
Ovv: 120007/name student (last name, initials) / entrance exam

Deadlines for application and payment

The deadline for application and payment for the tests coincide. Registration and payment for the tests on:

  • Friday, May 12: no later than April 28, 5 p.m.
  • Friday, June 23: no later than June 9, 5 p.m.

To participate in the tests, the payment must be received by the RUG by the deadline.

Resit and validity period


Did you fail the test the first time? Then you can redo it once. The resit is included in the €50 you paid. If you take the test for the first time in June, there is no possibility to resit: you can only participate in the procedure again a year later.

Validity period

The results of the individual tests are valid for one year, so only in the year you took the test. If you have passed both tests in one year, the results obtained are valid for up to 2 years.

Procedures and deadlines for our programmes

AOLB, Pedagogical Sciences and Sociology:
Anyone who wants to be admitted takes part in the matching procedure
Registration deadline in Studielink: 1 May 2023
Anyone wishing to be admitted will take part in the selection procedure
Registration deadline in Studielink: 15 January 2023


Do you have any questions? Feel free to mail to toelatingstoetsen.gmw

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