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Additional requirements for students with a completed propaedeutic exam at college level

Students who wish to be admitted to the programmes of Psychology, Pedagogy or Sociology on the basis of a propaedeutic exam at college level and who are not a graduate of secondary science education and who do not have a valid diploma from an appropriate secondary school will have to pass two additional tests offered by the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences.

This involves a Mathematics test and an English test, both at VWO level. Both tests must be completed with a pass mark (at least 5.5).

Information about the tests

There are three dates on which you can take the tests: 22 March 2019, 26 April 2019 and 24 May 2019. The tests are held at the University of Groningen. The exams will be held at fixed times: 9.00 – 11.00 a.m.: Mathematics; 15.00 – 16.30: English.

Of which parts does the exam consist?

The exam consists of 2 parts: Mathematics & English.

  • 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 It is recommended that you register for one of these tests at an early stage.

How long will the results be valid?

The results of the individual parts are valid for one year, so only in the year that you took the test. If you have passed both parts in one year, we will draw up a decision for you to be admitted. This decision is valid for a maximum of 2 years.


You have to pay 50 euros once. Then you may take both tests and one resit.This amount must be paid no later than 10 days before the test date. If you do not pay in time, you will not be allowed to participate in the tests. 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 March 22rd, you may still take the test(s) a second time on either April 26th or May 24th. 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 May 24th, 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 March 22rd and English on April 26th .

Are you automatically admitted when you pass the tests?

The programmes Sociology and Educational Sciences have a compulsory match procedure. This means that everyone who wants to be admitted to the programme must participate. More information about matching can be found at:


Registration deadline in Studielink for

  • Psychology is 15 January 2019;
  • Sociology and Educational Sciences is 1 May 2019.

From 1 February 2019 you must register via  for the tests. The deadlines for registration for the test results are:

  • 8 March 2019 (for the test of 22 March);
  • 17 April 2019 (for the 26 April test);
  • 10 May 2019 (for the test of 24 May).


Do you have a question about the tests? Contact us via

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