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Colloquium doctum

Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

What is a colloquium doctum?

A colloquium doctum is a university entrance exam: anyone who does not have a diploma that would grant direct admission to the study programme, such as a VWO diploma or a HBO propaedeutic diploma and is at least 21 years old, may be given the opportunity to take a university entrance exam. The colloquium doctum consists of several tests at a VWO final exam level.

When does the examination take place?

In 2020, you can participate in the exam on the following dates: May, 29 and June, 12. You can take the exam twice per academic year. You do not have to make all of the separate parts on the same day, you can spread it out over several days, if you like. The exams will be held at fixed times: 9.00 – 11.00 a.m.: Mathematics; 15.00 – 16.30: English. In connection with the psychology programme, the time for the Biology test is from 13.00 - 14.30.

Of which parts does the exam consist?

The exam consists of 2 parts: Mathematics & English.
For psychology you will also have to make a Biology test.

  • Mathematics will be tested by making arithmetical calculations. Ca lculators etc. are not allowed. Many English b ooks can be used, search for:” common core” and “algebra 1”.
    For instance: Algebra 1 Common Core, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0133185486.
    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 will be tested at a VWO-level and –manner: you will have to answer multiple choice questions about 3 texts. You will not be allowed to use any dictionaries.
    Please note! From 1 September 2018, the required level of command of English-taught programme Psychology will be equal to the language requirement that applies generally to the bachelor programme. Instead of the test mentioned above, you must arrange an IELTS, a TOEFL or a Cambridge test yourself. See h
    . It is recommended that you register for one of these tests at an early stage.
  • Biology (only for Psychology) 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.

How long will the results be valid?

The results of the individual parts will be valid for a year, so only in the year in which you took the exam. If you do not enroll in the next year, you will have to take the exam again.


You have to pay 50 euros once. For this 50 euros you can make the two (or three) tests and for each test one resit. The amount must be credited to our bank account 10 working days prior to the test day. If you do not pay in time, you are not allowed to participate in the tests. Not paid means no participation in the test. The costs for the language test for admission to the English-taught Psychology programme are separate from this and have to be paid to the organisation where you take the test.

You can transfer the amount to:
University of Groningen, Faculty BSS
IBAN: NL 87 ABNA 0401717801
Attn: 120007/name student/entrance exam

Attention! There is no possibility of a refund of this amount.


If you do not pass the test(s) the first time, you may take one resit. This means that if you do not pass the test(s) on May, 29 , you may still take the test(s) a second time on June, 12. You do not have to pay an additional 50 euros for the resit. There will be no possibility of a resit, if you take the test(s) for the first time on June, 12, however. In that case, you can only participate again a year later. You may also take both parts on different dates; for example, Maths on May, 29 and English on June, 12.

Are you automatically admitted if you passed the entrance examination?

The bachelor programmes Sociology and Pedagogical and Educational Sciences have a compulsory matchings procedure. This means that anyone who wishes to be admitted to the programme will have to participate to get a place in the programme. You can find more information about the matching procedure on:

The Psychology programme has a selection procedure. Please see


Application deadlines for Psychology: January, 15, for Sociology and Educational Sciences: June, 1.

You register in ‘Studielink’ .
Please note Here you cannot always tick the correct preparatory course. That is why you must always report to the BSS education desk (050 3636301). You will make an appointment with the study advisor of the programme of your choice no later than two weeks before the intended test date. You will bring with you: diplomas and lists of marks obtained and your ID card. During this appointment, the possible exemptions will also be discussed.

You have to register for the examinations through: at least 10 working days before the date of the test.

Both applications (for studielink and examinations) must have been made before:

  • May 15 (for the test of May 29)
  • June 8 (for the test of June 12).

Do you have any questions?

If you have any questions, it may be a good idea to make an appointment with the study advisor of the programme of your choice. You can do this by calling the Student Service Desk, phone: 050-3636301. Short questions can also be sent in by email: .

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