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Alternative terms: admission interview, intake assessment, 21+ test

What is it?

Intake tests are used in two situations. Firstly, if you do not meet the formal admission requirements. In this case, the results of this test will determine whether you can be admitted to the programme. Secondly, it is used if a programme sets supplementary requirements for incoming students who meet the preparatory education requirements.

  • This test is taken before commencement of the programme.
  • The test gives insight into how you compare with the intake level of the programme.
  • Has a variable format: it can consist of a series of tests, an admission interview or a combination of these elements.

Within the AUAS, a variety of admission procedures are used for enrolment and transfer students:

  • The intake assessment is conducted prior to admission to the propaedeutic year or a later study year. Via RPL procedures, the candidate can demonstrate the competencies they have already acquired. The candidate can display the competencies they possess by means of a portfolio of evidence, such as professional products or reports of experiences. As a result, an exemption may be granted and the student may be admitted to an abridged degree programme
  • 21+ test: English, Dutch and supplementary subjects depending on the selected degree programme. See for more information and examples.
  • For the ALO (Amsterdam Academy for Physical Education) and AMFI (Amsterdam Fashion Institute), an admission test/assignment/interview is required in addition to the required prior education.

Diagnostic intake instruments also exist such as the mandatory maths/language tests for the PABO (teacher training programme), which is used formatively. The objective of these tests is to give insight into the student's admission level.

What is tested?

In an intake test:

  • 21+ tests assess whether or not you fulfil the programme's required admission level.
  • For RPL tests, the relevance and the level of your previous education and work experience is assessed.
  • Supplementary intake tests assess whether you satisfy the additional requirements applicable to the programme.

Intake assessments:

In short, intake assessments test whether you are capable of demonstrating professional conduct within typical and critical professional contexts, in accordance with the required behavioural standards and desired level. This is done by means of evidence provided by you in a portfolio. See Portfolio Assessment section.

How will I be assessed?

For intake tests:

  • Your performance in tests is compared to the assessment criteria.
  • Based on this comparison, the examiners determine whether or not you meet the standards required for admission.
  • If the standards are met, you are admitted. If not, then you are not admitted.

For intake assessments:

For each professional task/dilemma, the assessors will examine the information and establish whether you conducted yourself in compliance with the required criteria. They will substantiate their assessment with findings from the portfolio and the assessment interview, record the assessment on the assessment form and submit it to you, together with feedback.

What feedback will I receive?

For intake tests:

The feedback you receive from intake tests consists of a summary of results for the completed tests and an oral or written explanation of these results. This provides insight into:

  • The nature and level of your achievements.
  • How this compares to the norm (required admission level).

For intake assessments:

For each assessed competency, you receive feedback about your degree of development. This feedback is provided in terms of the displayed and the required behaviour.

How do I prepare for the test?

For intake tests

  • Study the information about the objective, content and assessment.
  • Make use of the opportunity of and an exploratory interview to examine whether an intake test would be worthwhile.
  • Make example questions

For intake assessments:

  • Study the information about the content and procedure of the intake assessment.
  • Make use of the opportunity of a quick scan and an exploratory interview to examine whether an intake assessment would be worthwhile.

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