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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the most Frequently Asked Questions about preparing for and participating in the mathematics deficiency courses. Is your question not listed? Send an email to

  • Is the certificate I receive after passing the exam recognised by all Dutch universities / degree programmes?

    In many cases, passing our exam is sufficient to meet the Mathematics entry requirements for degree programmes at the University of Amsterdam or other Dutch universities. However, because admission of students is the responsibility of the individual degree programmes, it is strongly recommended that you check with the admissions officer of the intended degree programme that you will indeed be admissible with a certificate of the Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics.

  • Can I use a (graphing) calculator for the exam?

    You cannot use a graphing calculator for the exam.
    We understand that it can be useful to check answers with the help of a calculator. For this reason, we do allow a simple calculator for the exam. Examples of acceptable calculators are Casio FX-82MS and TI-30XB.

    If you are unsure whether your calculator is allowed, send an e-mail with details of the calculator to