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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.

About the exam

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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
    You will make some marithmetical calculations, for which calculators or other aids are not allowed. For this test you can study the following book: W.M. Franken and R.A. Bouts (2002). Mathematics for statistics: a preparation (2nd revised edition). Bussum: Coutinho. ISBN (13) 9789062833177.
  • 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. For the English-language Psychology programme you should be able to transfer a successfully completed IELTS, a TOEFL or a Cambridge test. It is wise to sign up at an early stage for one of these tests at one of the institutes offering these tests.
  • Biology test
    (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.

Exam dates and location

The exams are held online. The exam dates are:

  • Friday 28 May 2021
  • Friday 25 June 2021

The tests are scheduled at fixed times:

  • 8.30 - 10.30 a.m. Mathematics
  • 15.00 - 16.30 p.m. English
  • 1.00 - 2.30 p.m. Biology (only for Psychology programme)

Registration deadlines

Once you have registered for the bachelor programme, you will be notified after 1 February 2021 when and how you can apply for the tests.

Final registration dates (and receipt of payment) for the tests:

  • Friday 14 May 2021 (for the test on 28 May)
  • Friday 11 June 2021 (for the test on 25 June)


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 BSS
IBAN: NL 87 ABNA 0401717801
Mentioning : 120007/name student/entrance 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 28 May, you can make a second attempt on 25 June.

The resit is included in the 50 euros you paid. If you take the test for the first time on 25 June, there is no possibility to resit: you can only participate 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, we will make an admission decision for you. This decision is valid for a maximum of 2 years.


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

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

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 no later than 4 weeks before the test date. 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 can participate in the matching procedure
  • Registration deadline in Studielink: 1 May 2021
  • Anyone wishing to be admitted will take part in the selection procedure
  • Registration deadline in Studielink: 15 January 2021
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