WHAT SCORE DO I NEED?
What score do I need?
It is a frequently asked question: “When will I have passed the GMAT?”. Since every university and each program requires a different score, there is not one answer to this question that applies to everyone.
Below you will find an overview of the admission requirements of Masters and MBA programs of the four major universities in the Netherlands. The information applies to Dutch students only, since Dutch universities have different admission requirements for international students. Be cautious with the information provided and only use it as a frame of reference. Always check the official admission requirements of the program you want to apply to.
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Universiteit van Amsterdam
After finishing a bachelor’s at a university of applied sciences there are two ways to get accepted into a premaster’s program at the UvA. The first way is to finish the bachelor’s with a GPA of 7,5. The second way is to obtain a GMAT score of at least 600. Even though your GMAT score is defined by the Verbal and Quantitative section, the other two sections are also of importance when applying for a master’s program at the UvA. The UvA also offers an MBA program. To get admitted to this MBA program, you need to obtain a GMAT score of 630 and you must have three years of relevant work experience.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
To start a premaster's program at the VU's School of Business and Economics, you need to have completed a bachelor's at a university of applied sciences. On top of that, you need a minimum GMAT score of 550. The VU also offers a variety of master’s programs. Applying for a master’s can be done in two different ways; by completing an academic bachelor’s with a GPA of 7 higher, or by obtaining a GMAT score of 600+. The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam does not offer an MBA program.
At Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) it is possible to follow a variety of programs. One could say that the admission requirements are the strictest at RSM. To apply for a premaster’s program you will need a degree from a university of applied sciences with a GPA of 7 and a GMAT score of 600 or higher. The same rules apply when you want to be admitted to a master’s program. The only difference is that you will need an academic bachelor’s degree. The MBA program in Rotterdam requires three years of relevant work experience and a minimum GMAT score of 640.
To be accepted into the premaster’s program at Radboud Universiteit you will need a degree from a university of applied sciences with a GPA of 7 and a GMAT score of at least 600. For a master’s program, you also need a minimum GMAT score of 600. You also need to have an academic bachelor’s degree, but there is no minimum GPA. Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen does not offer an MBA program.
How is your score determined?
Your score on the GMAT will always be between 200 and 800. Even though the GMAT consists of four sections (Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Verbal and Quantitative), your score will only be defined by the Verbal and Quantitative sections. Your score will depend on the percentile score; a score that states the percentage of people who took the GMAT over the last three years and performed below your level. For example: if your percentile score is 71, you will obtain a GMAT score of 630. As a frame of reference: the mean score is 547.
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