The 21+ admission test is a way to determine if you can be enrolled for your preferred degree programme. This is a tailor-made test specifically for HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. It consists of a capacity test and for some Bachelor's degree programmes, a subject test is taken.

The admission test 

The test serves to find out if your knowledge and skills are of a sufficient level to complete a degree programme at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. This will be determined on the basis of a Higher-Level Multicultural Capacity Test (MCT-H). Your results for this capacity test are compared to the results of a reference group, making it possible to assess if you have the required capacity level to be able to successfully follow a degree programme at higher professional education level. 

The MCT-H consists of six components (sub-tests): 

  1. Word relations: the extent to which a student knows the meaning of English words (vocabulary); the ability to understand relations between words.
  2. Word analogies: the ability to reason verbally; the ability to discover a coherence between a number of verbal concepts.
  3. Numerical skills: the ability to deal with numbers and an insight into mathematical relations.
  4. Number sequences: numerical reasoning skills; the ability to discover and recognise systems in symbolic, numerical matter. 
  5. Exclusion: logical reasoning; recognising class principles, the ability to make visual comparisons, to discover deviations and observe relevant details in figures.
  6. 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 in your head how the shapes are affected by certain actions.

The total test time of the MCT-H is about 75 minutes. 

The 21+ admission test is only taken in English when the working language of the degree programme is English. 

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 after you have completed the MCT-H test. This test will take about 30-45 minutes and consists of multiple choice questions only. The level of this deficiency test is similar to the final examination for senior general secondary education. 

Creative business


International Business 

All degree programmes at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht of an economic nature demand a certain level of knowledge of economics before you start any of these degree programmes. When this level of knowledge is equal to the level of final exam pupils of senior general secondary education, you have a good basis to successfully continue your degree programme. The Dutch textbook entitled Samengevat, written by J.P.M. Blaas, Uitgeverij ThiemeMeulenhoff BV, ISBN 9789006078688 (July 2011), is a good tool to prepare yourself for the deficiency test. We recommend thoroughly reading all of the chapters of this book. The deficiency test for economics consists of a total of 25 multiple choice questions, covering the contents of the book. If you answer 18 or more questions correctly, you have passed the deficiency component. 

Teacher Education in English

The English deficiency test consists of three components:

  1. Writing a 300-word essay about a topical or relevant subject, to be determined by the English team. The student has to demonstrate his ability to write a coherent and structured text at ERK level B1. Duration: 1 hour.
  2. Taking a grammar test in multiple choice format. The student has to answer at least 60% of the questions correctly. Duration: 1 hour.
    Holding a talk about day-to-day subjects and about the student's motivation to become a teacher. The student has to demonstrate his ability to speak English at ERK level B1. Duration: 10 Minutes
    All components must be satisfactory in order to pass the 21+ admission test.

Teacher Education in German

The subject-specific element for German consists of a recent national written examination at senior general secondary education level. This examination tests the student’s reading skills on the basis of multiple choice and open questions. Examples of previous exams and more information about the subject matter and the level can be found on www.examenblad.nl (in Dutch only).

The result 

A couple of hours after the test, you will receive an e-mail from NOA with a digital report and the result of your 21+ admission test. This report shows your performances, as well as the minimum requirements for admission to a degree programme of HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. On that basis, it also explains if you passed or failed the admission test. 
HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht only receives the final assessment of your admission test, not the full report. Based on this result, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht will change the ‘admission test’ status of your prior education to pass or fail. Note: for you to be able to be enrolled for a degree programme at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, you have to meet the other enrolment conditions as well. 
By completing your payment for the 21+ admission test, you agree to NOA disclosing the result of your admission test to HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.


You can resit the 21+ admission test once (that is, both the capacity test and the deficiency test). However, we do stress that resitting a capacity test is, in general, of no use because it is a test that tests your general level of capacity; you cannot prepare for it and the result of a resit will largely be the same as the result of the first test. 
If you do want to resit the test, you can only do so during the next test window. This means that in some cases, you will have to wait with your degree programme. So if you take a test for a February intake and you have to take a resit, you cannot start your studies until April because the next test window will be in March. 

Remember that if you opt for the final test window for the September intake for a degree programme with a September-only start, you will not be able to resit the test in time. You will have to wait an entire academic year until you can start your degree programme. 


As part of the 21+ admission test, six components of the MCT-H intellectual capacity tests are administered. The components relate to numbers, language or figures. The scores for these components are compared with a representative reference or control group of first-year students at a university of applied sciences. On that basis, it is decided if the student’s professional and intellectual ability is enough to be able to successfully complete a degree programme at higher professional education level. 

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





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