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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 degree 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.

*at the starting date of the programme.

About the exam

Tests | Exam dates| Registration| Costs | Resit | Validity | Contact

Parts of the exam

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

  • Mathematics test
    Mathematics will be tested making arithmetical calculations. 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).
    While making the test calculators or other aids are not allowed.
  • English test
    You will be tested at a VWO-level and –manner: you answer multiple choice questions about a piece of text. It is not allowed to use dictionaries.
  • 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.

Exam dates and location

The exams will be taken at the RUG, at the Aletta Jacobs hall.

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)

Registration deadlines

Once you have registered for the bachelor programme, you will be notified by the end of January on your studentmail from the RUG when and how you can apply for the tests. Then you can make the payments also. Practice tests will be made available at that time as well.

For the tests on friday 12 May, deadline for registration and payment* 28 April 17.00 h.
For the tests on friday 23 June, deadline for registration and payment* 9 June 17.00 h.

* You will have to pay the RUG before the deadline of 17.00 h.expires.


The costs for participation are a one-off total of 50 euros. For 50 euro's you can take both tests and you can take a resit of both tests once in the same academic year. The amount must be credited to the bank account below 10 working days (is equal to the final registration dates for the tests) before the test is taken.

Non-payment means no participation in the test. There is no possibility to refund this amount.

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


Didn't you pass the test the first time? Then you can redo it once. So if you didn't pass the tests on 20 May, you can make a second attempt in June.
The resit is included in the 50 euros you paid. If you take the test for the first time in June, there is no possibility to resit: you can only participate 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.


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

Programme procedures and deadlines

When registering in Studielink, do not fill in any prior education programmes if you want to make use of the colloquium doctum.

A so make an (online) appointment with an academic advisor via the student service desk of BSS (+31 50 363 6301). Do this before the deadline for the first final registration date of the first tests. At this appointment, the diplomas obtained and possible exemptions will be discussed.

Our bachelor programmes have different procedures and deadlines.

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
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