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Selection Procedure


To guarantee the quality of the Bachelor’s Programme in Psychology we have adopted a selection procedure. Selection is based on two tests.

Selection procedure

After application applicants receive information about enrolment for the selection days and procedure. All applicants attend two lectures on the lecture day, study for themselves and take two tests on the test day. You can choose between round I and round II. The selection rounds are completely equal. You can choose to take the test at the University of Amsterdam, or online. Lectures will be streamed and will be available during your study week. 

You either enrol in 

Selection round I

  • Lecture day: Friday 31 January 2020
    • 17:00-22:00 hours*
  • Test day: Saturday 8 February 2020
    • 11:00-13:00 hours*

or in 

Selection round II

  • Lecture day: Friday 21 February 2020
    • 17:00-22:00 hours*
  • Test day: Saturday 29 February 2020
    • 11:00-13:00 hours*

* GMT+1

These are the only dates on which you can take the selection test. There is no exception to this rule. If you are unable to take the selection test  on one of the two dates, unfortunately, we cannot give you a ranking number. Without a ranking number it is not possible to start the Bachelor's programme.


The lectures and tests will be on two different Psychology subjects. No prior knowledge is needed. You will receive the necessary additional information no later than one week prior to the lectures. The tests are designed to predict study success, with a higher score on the test you have a higher chance to be successful in our programme.

Study week

Between the lecture day and the test day you will have one week to study for the test. On average, you will need about 24 hours to study. 

Location Test Day: UvA or online

Selection rounds will take place on Campus Roeterseiland in Amsterdam, or online. If you sign up for the online round, you are responsible for a good internet connection in a suitable testing room on the day of the assessment.


After the last selection round, the committee will determine the ranking for all applicants and inform you about your ranking number for admission (higher test scores means a higher ranking number). Based on the ranking we will let you know whether you:

  • will certainly be offered a place in the programme, after your prior education is accepted as well
  • may be offered a place, after your prior education is accepted as well, and when other applicants with a higher ranking number decide to withdraw their application
  • most probably will not be offered a place in the programme.

From 15 April 2020 onwards, we will publish weekly updates on this page about the ranking numbers that have been offered a place in our programme.

Ranking update

For the academic year 2020-2021 we have received 2716 applications. Of these, 1935 participated in the selection. The 1935 participants received a ranking number based on their scores on the selection test.

The last placed ranking number is: 905

Last modified on: 28 July 2020

The next update will be on: 11 August 2020

After admission

  • If you are admitted to the programme, we will ask you to send certified copies of your diplomas and transcripts, and originals of your English test score by regular postage. 
  • Only after you secured your place in the programme you can apply for housing and study visa (if needed);
  • We will send conditional and/or unconditional acceptance offers to your email address.

Selection attempts

You are allowed to participate only one time in the selection procedure for this programme (one selection attempt). Each year, one selection procedure takes place.

A selection attempt will be registered if:

  • you have (had) an active application for the Bachelor's programme in Psychology in Studielink after 15 January 2020.
  • you didn't participate in the selection procedure and still have (had) an active application after 15 January 2020.
  • you withdraw your application after 15 January 2020.

No selection attempt will be registered if:

  • you withdraw your application in Studielink before 16 January 2020

Note: In case you fail your final high school exams, the used-up selection attempt in Studielink can be annulled, but it is not possible to participate in the selection again. If your ranking number was 1-650, you will keep your ranking number. If your ranking number was 651 or higher, you will receive a new ranking number based on your previous selection score.  Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.