Admissions tests

Students who go abroad to study, to do an internship or to conduct research are often required to take tests. A language test, for example, or a test that measures other qualities.

Two well-known language tests are the American TOEFL and the British IELTS. In addition, students are often required to take a GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination).


TOEFL: Test Of English as a Foreign Language

Universities in the United States, Canada and some other countries use the TOEFL test to determine how well a person has mastered English. You can take this (online) test at various locations in the Netherlands.

View locations, dates and practice tests

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

Universities in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand use the scores from the IELTS to determine whether you speak English well enough to be admitted. You can take the paper test at test locations of the British Council in Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Rotterdam. You can take the online test at Amsterdam, Barendrecht, Den Bosch and Zwolle.

More information about the IELTS test

GMAT: Graduate Management Admission Test

This test is for students who want to be admitted to an MBA programme (postgraduate education in management) or to other graduate programmes in the United States in the area of business administration or management.

Your admission does not just depend on your GMAT results. Other aspects play a role during the admissions procedure. You take the GMAT at a test centre. There are test centres in many locations in the Netherlands among others in Maastricht.

Read more about the GMAT and the GMAT test 
View test dates and locations in the Netherlands (click on ‚Äúsearch for a convenient test center)    

GRE: Graduate Record Examinations

The GRE is often compulsory if you want to enrol in a graduate programme in the United States. No GRE is required for graduate programmes in the following fields of study: law, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, fine arts and music. Graduate programmes in business administration and economics require a GMAT instead of a GRE.

Read more about the GRE