Various ways to prepare for an entrance exam if you don't master the Dutch languageThere are some issues which have to be pointed out. They mostly concern the fact that we in the Netherlands have a school system that is particular Dutch. This means that - apart from the Dutch vwo school type - no foreign curriculum exactly meets the Dutch demands and examination. This has some practical and important consequences:
1. There is no formal official translation of the Dutch requirements for passing the voortentamen into English (or whatever other language).
We have put a translation of the subjects (program) you have to master on this site.
2. There are no books, sites, online courses - apart from the Dutch vwo school system books - that cover the curriculum exactly. Thus meeting the requirements exactly both in depth as in scope.
A lot of subjects are covered in more detail in the "International Baccalaureate" curriculum. German candidates might find a lot of subjects covered in the "Abitur - books".
Due to the difference in programs, you almost always come across a book that is used in American universities in the first year which always does not contain some necessary topics, and contains many unnecessary topics. Mostly you can also very well use an older (much cheaper) edition. Publishers often come up with new editions almost every year - pure money clipping, often only the order of excercises at the end of the chapters changes. Of course, most books offer online assistance that you only get when you buy a new book. But we heard that lists of model answers in the end-of-chapter can be found on the web. Some titles we came across:
Conceptual Physics - Paul Hewitt
Advanced Physics for You, ISBN 9781408527375 Reading Guide
Physics - Cutnell & Johnson
University Physics - Young & Freedman
Advanced Chemistry for You, 2nd edition: ISBN 9781408527368 Reading Guide
Advanced Biology Kent second edition: ISBN 9780198392903 Reading Guide
Biology - Campbell
Math A: Mathematics that works volume 1 (De Gee, ISBN 978-90-5041-167-7) covers most of the calculus topics (functions and derivatives). From this book you can skip the sections that cover antidifferentiation and integrals. The topics Combinatorics, Statistics and Probability theory are covered in many textbooks on basic statistics. Be sure that the topics indicated in this document are covered in a book before you buy it!
Math B: Mathematics that works volume 1 (De Gee, ISBN 978-90-5041-167-7) covers most of the calculus topics (functions, (anti)differentiation and integrals). For other topics, there is a wide range of materials available online, for instance the Kahn academy. You can use Google to find more information on a certain topic.
The required Binas-book English edition (Wolters-Noordhoff, Groningen, 1th print, ISBN 978 9001 70731 6) containing all kind of tables for the voortentamens on biology, chemistry and physics has an English version.
A (one-part) dictionary is always allowed, an electronic dictionary is not allowed. A calculator (without CAS) is also allowed (and needed) as is a protractor\rular, pen and pencil.
3. Be aware that the CCVX (and the associate Universities) formally only just has to provide an entrance exam. Leaving it up to the candidates to find out for themselves what they have to study with the only help the programmes which are only formulated in Dutch. And also leaving if entirely up to the candidates how and where they aquire their knowledge to pass the entrance exams. The CCVX does not offer any courses at all either.
While this may sound somewhat unhelpful, this is certainly not our intention. However as for the Dutch candidates, please know that we do our best to help you as much as we can by publishing all possibly relevant information on this website (please do let us know if you come across information which might be helpful for others).