21+ Admission test

If you do not have the right previous education for a Bachelor's degree programme at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, and you are 21 or older on your programme's start date, we can offer you a 21+ admission test.

During the academic year 2020-2021, it is possible to take the 21+ Admission Test from home with proctoring. The next opportunity will take place on 12 October.

For more information about proctoring, please visit www.noa-vu.nl. There is an instruction film and a brochure (both available in English).

student at STIP desk

Please note

This 21+ admission test has been especially developed for HU. 21+ admission tests from other institutions or other comparable tests are not valid at HU.

Please note

Note that a positive result on the 21+ admission test does not guarantee your admission to the programme. You also need to fulfil the other admission requirements.

You can take the 21+ admission test in English for our English-language Bachelor degree programmes:

  • Creative Business
  • International Business
  • Teacher Education in English
  • Teacher Education in German
  • Teacher Education in French
  • Teacher Education in Spanish

For our Dutch-language programmes, there is a 21+ admission test in Dutch.

How does it work?

We use a Higher-Level Multicultural Capacity Test (MCT) to determine whether your knowledge and skills are of a sufficient level to complete a degree programme at our university. Your results are compared to those of a reference group. This means you don't have to achieve a perfect score for a positive result.

The Multicultural Capacity Test takes about 75 minutes to complete and consists of six components (sub-tests): 

  • Word relations: the extent to which a student knows the meaning of English words (vocabulary); the ability to understand relations between words.
  • Word analogies: the ability to reason verbally; the ability to discover a coherence between a number of verbal concepts.
  • Numerical skills: the ability to deal with numbers and level of insight into mathematical relations.
  • Number sequences: numerical reasoning skills; the ability to discover and recognise systems in symbolic, numerical matter. 
  • Exclusion: logical reasoning; recognising class principles, the ability to make visual comparisons, to discover deviations and observe relevant details in figures.
  • Components: this sub-test is mainly about the mental manipulation and transformation of (two-dimensional) shapes or figures. You have to be able to visualise how the shapes are affected by certain actions.

A couple of examples of the capacity test components are below:

HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht does not offer any preparatory courses for the deficiency tests.

Additional testing

Some degree programmes of HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht are subject to a specific subject or profile requirement. This means such degree programmes demand a certain level of knowledge of a specific subject. Your knowledge of this subject is, therefore, tested as part of the 21+ admission test. In that case, you will have to take a deficiency test of the relevant subject in addition the MCT-H test.

The level of the deficiency tests is similar to the final examination for senior general secondary education. Please note: HU does not offer preparatory courses for any of the tests.

If you applied for International Business, you will have to take the deficiency test immediately after you have completed the MCT-H test. This digital test will take about 30-45 minutes and consists of multiple choice questions only.

If you applied for Teacher Education in English or Teacher Education in German, you will receive an invitation from the coordinator of your study programme to take the deficiency test within a few days after you completed the capacity test.

If you applied for Creative Business you do not have to take a deficiency test as this study programme does not have a specific profile requirement.

All of our economic-based degree programmes demand a certain level of knowledge of economics. The Dutch textbook ‘Samengevat havo Economie zesde druk' van J.P.M. Blaas, Uitgeverij ThiemeMeulenhoff BV, ISBN 9789006107210 is a good tool to prepare yourself fort he test. Read this book thoroughly (an older version of this book is also sufficient).

The deficiency test for economics consists of 25 multiple-choice questions, covering the contents of the book. If you answer 18 or more questions correctly, you pass.

The English deficiency test consists of three components that you all need to pass:

  • Writing (1 hour): A 300-word essay about a subject we provide. You have to be able to write a coherent and structured text at CEFR level B1.
  • Grammar (1 hour): Grammar test (multiple choice). You need ≥ 60% to pass.
  • Speaking and conversation (10 minutes): You will have a conversation about day-to-day subjects and your motivation to become a teacher. You have to be able to speak English at CEFR level B1.

You will take a recent national written exam at senior general secondary education level (CEFR level B1). It will test your reading and writing skills with multiple choice and open questions. You can find examples of previous exams and more information on www.examenblad.nl (in Dutch only).

An exemption for the additional/deficiency test

Do you have a relevant Dutch havo or vwo certificate? This may grant you an exemption from additional testing. Send a copy of your certificate to stip@hu.nl, quoting '21+ admission test', your name and Student-ID.

The results of your 21+ admission test

Within six working days after finishing your tests, you will receive an email from our testing partner NOA with your results. The report shows how you did, as well as the minimum requirements for admission to a degree programme at HU. Based on that, it explains whether you passed or failed the admission test. We only receive the final assessment, not the full report. 

Please note: If you have registered for our Teacher Education in English or Teacher Education in German programmes, you will receive an invitation for additional testing only after you have passed your MCT.

A full application for the 21+ admission test consists of two steps.

First, you have to apply for a study programme via Studielink (see ‘Step 1’) and then you can register for the relevant test window by sending us your details per e-mail (see ‘Step 2’).

Note: you can take part in the 21+ admission test only when you have completed your application for this test in full.

Step 1

The first step to take part in the 21+ admission test is to apply for your preferred study programme in Studielink.

  • Go to Studielink and log in with your DigiD. If you don’t have a DigiD yet, apply for one on www.digid.nl;
  • Select the degree programme you wish to follow and select your preferred start date.

Once you have completed this step, you can continue with step 2.

Step 2

The next step for your complete application for the 21+ admission test is to submit an application for the 21+ admission test by sending an e-mail to toelatingsonderzoek@hu.nl.

This e-mail should, in any case, include the following information:

  • HU Student number
  • HU Bachelor's degree programme
  • Type of degree programme (full-time, part-time or work-study)
  • Your preferred start date of the programme (if applicable): September, November, February or April
  • Your wish to make use of a special test facility by means of a doctor’s certificate or a dyslexia certificate
  • Your wish to obtain an exemption for a specific test component by means of a certificate obtained previously
  • Date of birth
  • E-mail address

After we have received your details, we will e-mail you further instructions on how to make your payment for the 21+ Admission test (€ 100).

Before sending this e-mail, you should read our General Terms and Conditions! When you complete your payment instruction for the 21+ admission test, you automatically agree with these general terms and conditions.

Date 21+ admission test

Monday morning 12 October (application deadline Tuesday 29 September)

After your application

After submitting your application in Studielink (step 1) and after you applied for the 21+ admission test by sending us an e-mail (toelatingsonderzoek@hu.nl) and completing your payment (step 2), we will send you an invitation for your preferred test window containing additional information.

The costs for a 21+ admission test are € 100. The correct payment details are mailed to you after you complete step 2 of the application process. 

Note: when you apply for the test window in July/August 2021 and you fail the test, you will not be able to start your degree programme in September 2021.

In case you didn't pass the 21+ admission test, you can not start your study at the HU. You can try again by applying for another test date. You will have to pay again if you do.

However, we do stress that resitting a capacity test is of no use, normally. This test assesses your general level of capacity, for which you cannot prepare. Therefore, the result of a resit will typically be similar to the result of your first test.

Do you have questions?

If you have any questions about the 21+ admission test, send an e-mail, quoting your name and student number to toelatingsonderzoek@hu.nl. Don’t forget to mention your preferred degree programme and start date in your e-mail.

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