What scores do you need to pass the GMAT?
It is a question which is frequently asked: “When do I pass the GMAT?”. Since every university and each program requires a different score. Unfortunately it is impossible to define an answer on this question that applies to everyone. In this weeks’ blog we provide an overview of the admission requirements of the four major universities in the Netherlands. We will give you the admission requirements for regular Master programs as well as MBA programs. The information applies to Dutch students only, since Dutch universities have different admission requirements for international students. Be cautious with the information we provide and only use it as a frame of reference. We advise you to always inquire the official admission requirements of the program you want to apply for.
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. To clarify this, we will give you an 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.
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 for 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
After you have completed your bachelor’s at a university of applied sciences, it is possible to start a premaster’s program at the VU’s School of Business and Economics. The only requirement is that you must obtain a 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 Grade Point Average (GPA) of 7, or by obtaining a GMAT score of 600. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam does not offer an MBA program.
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
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. When you apply for a premaster’s program you will need a degree from a university of applied sciences with a GPA of 7. Next tot that you will have to hand in 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 on top of that you must obtain a GMAT score of 640.
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
First of all, the admission requirements for a premaster’s program at Radboud Universiteit are the same as at RSM. When you apply for a master’s program, you must obtain a GMAT score of 600. You also need to have an academic bachelor’s degree, of which the GPA is not of influence. Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen does not offer an MBA program.
Be aware that sometimes universities have additional requirements for admissions like writing an essay or a motivational letter. In addition we strongly advice to inquire the official website of the program you want to be admitted. To give you a clearer overview, we summarized the aforementioned information in the table below.
|Premaster||550 GMAT||GPA UAS bachelor’s 7,5 or 600 GMAT||GPA UAS bachelor’s 7 and GMAT 600||GPA UAS bachelor’s 7 and GMAT 600|
|Master||GPA bachelor’s 7 or 600 GMAT||600 GMAT + IR en AWA||GPA bachelor’s 7 and GMAT 600||600 GMAT|
|MBA||X||630 GMAT and 3 years of work experience||GMAT 640 and 3 years of work experience||X|
UAS = University of applied sciences