For BSc IBA, the minimum required level of English proficiency is a Dutch pre-university (VWO) exam with an unrounded grade of 7.0. 

A pre-defined number of foreign diplomas meet this requirement; see the admissions requirements per diploma.

Accepted alternatives, based on official documentation are:


  • RSM accepts the internet-based TOEFL test (iBT) with a minimum overall score of 80 and the following subscores: 
    • 18 for Reading and Listening
    • 20 for Speaking
    • 21 for Writing
  • The ITP TOEFL test is not accepted as it does not test the speaking abilities of the candidate.


  • RSM accepts the IELTS Academic Test with a minimum overall score of 6.5 and minimum sub-scores of 6.0 for Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing


  • B2 First (FCE) or C1 Advanced (CAE)/ C2 Proficiency (CPE) with minimum overall score of 170 and minimum subscores of 170 (reading, listening, writing, speaking)
  • C1 Business Higher (BEC Higher) with minimum overall score 170 and minimum subscores of 170 (reading, listening, writing, speaking).

Other tests such as Michigan English or Duolingo are not accepted

The test results of IELTS and TOEFL must not be older than 2 years. 

Combining scores: All sub-scores must meet the minimum requirements within one exam. For the BSc IBA programme, scores of two exams may not be combined to reach sufficient scores from different categories of the exam. 

Passport: Possessing a passport from an English speaking country without having English language education does not grant exemption from an English language exam. 

Planning your test: 


  • Applicants who intend to prove their proficiency in the English language by taking an exam are expected to upload their certificate via the IBA Online Application system no later than 15 March. Documents submitted after 15 March will not be accepted.
  • Take into account that test dates at the test centres can fill up quickly, particularly during peak testing periods. Therefore we urge you to register to take the test as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Keep in mind that it can take several weeks to receive the results of your test.


You are exempt from taking an English language test if:

  • You have been taught in English for at least 2.5 years during your secondary school programme in one of the following countries: USA, UK, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa (English Home Language). 
  • a You have an IB English A Standard Level Certificate with grade 5 or higher or IB English A Higher Level certificate with a grade 4 or higher.

For other diplomas see the admissions requirements per diploma. If this does not apply to you, you may prove your English by taking an English language test