Wetenschap - 1 juni 1995

Entrance Exams for 1995 MSc Students Complete

Entrance Exams for 1995 MSc Students Complete

Entrance examinations results from the prospective students for the fall 1995 MSc programmes are in. Of the 1181 who registered to take the entrance examination, 974 received papers to sit from the WAU. Of these 443 returned completed exams to the WAU (approximately, 45%). On the basis of the examination results, 224 students were admitted (approximately 60% of those who completed, returned and passed the exams). In total, 158 students (36%) were rejected. The remaining 4% of the results are not yet known. Entrance examinations are based on the Dutch system of grading, with a 5 or 6 being the pass or fail margin, and 10 being the high end of the grading system. It was recommended that 43 applicants follow summer courses for maths and statistics. Not only the marks, or exam results, are considered in the selection process. A spokesperson for the Dean's Office for Foreign Students underlined that course directors are often involved in the process. In borderline cases, they might look
through the files of a certain applicant to get an impression of the prospective student's background.

The Crop Science Course turned away almost half of the applicants, while Ecological Agriculture had to disappoint only 12 % of the prospective students. The Management of Agricultural Knowledge systems (MAKS) programme, also faced tough entrance competition, denying entrance to 43% of the prospective students. The remaining programmes have some cases outstanding which are yet to be determined, but results show that between approximately 60% and 75% of the students who sat the entrance exams will be admitted.

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