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Welcome! If you have decided to apply to the Bachelor's in Technical Computer Science, you have come to the right place. Please check that you meet our admission criteria, inform yourself about the entrance exam and follow the instructions in the timeline below, such as applying via Studielink before 15 January 2022

Technical Computer Science has a “Numerus Fixus” — a fixed capacity of 400 places to be offered to applicants via a selection procedure. Registration for the selection procedure closes on 15 January 2022 23:59 CET. You can check Studielink’s step-by-step plan for more information on how to register for a Numerus Fixues study programme. 

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Application, selection and enrolment procedure

The timeline (including deadlines) of the application, selection & enrolment procedure for the Bachelor's in Technical Computer Science is described in steps 1 to 3. An overview of these steps and corresponding deadlines is depicted in this step-by-step plan

  • Step 1 Apply via Studielink (deadline 15 January 2022 23:59 CET)

    Information on how to register via Studielink can be found on the general enrolment and admission page. After registering in Studielink, follow the instructions on how to finalise your registration in the university system. The deadline for registration via Studielink is 15 January 2022.

    Deadline registration Studielink: 15 January 2022 23:59 CET                         

    Please be aware that the registration process takes some time as you are required to gather and submit documentation. Start the application procedure on time, as the UT complies with strict national deadlines set by the Dutch Government.

  • Step 2a Selection procedure: questionnaire (deadline 14 February 2022 23:59 CET)

    On 2 February 2022 you will receive an invitation from TCS to fill in an online questionnaire about your choice to study Technical Computer Science at the University of Twente. The deadline for completing the questionnaire is 14 February 2022 23:59 CET.

    Deadline questionnaire: 14 February 2022 23:59 CET                       

    After you have completed your registration and submitted the completed questionnaire, the questionnaire is checked by the TCS programme. Afterwards you will receive information on whether you are allowed to continue the selection procedure and information on the TCS Entrance Exam.

  • Step 2b Selection procedure: Entrance Exam (5 & 7–9 March 2022)

    The TCS Entrance Exam consists of three tests:

    • Logical Thinking (20%);
    • Algorithmic Thinking (40%);
    • Mathematical Thinking (40%)

    For candidates with a Dutch residence, the TCS Entrance Exam takes place on campus on 5 March 2022. You will receive an email with the exact time and instructions for participation.

    For candidates with a foreign residence, the TCS Entrance Exam takes place online on 7, 8 or 9 March 2022. No later than one week prior to the test you will receive an email with the date the test takes place. Please be aware that it is not possible for us to take into account the time zone of your residence in appointing time slots. 

    If you have an officially diagnosed learning disability and/or are experiencing provable extenuating circumstances, you can request additional time, with a maximum of 25%. Requests can be sent to numerus-fixus-tcs@utwente.nl and need to be supported with documentation (e.g. a medical statement from a physician or psychologist) in Dutch or English. 

    Deadline request extra time: 14 February 2022 23:59 CET                       

  • Step 2c Selection procedure: accepting offer (as from 15 April 2022)

    Based on how you scored on your three tests, your ranking is calculated. On 15 April 2022 Studielink will announce your ranking number.

    Ranked 1 - 400: You immediately receive a placement offer via Studielink to study TCS and have 2 weeks time to accept the placement offer and finalise your enrolment (be aware: these are two different steps: accepting the offer, and enrolling).

    Ranking 401 or lower: there is still a good chance that you receive a placement offer as others decline their spot for several reasons. Do not feel discouraged by the lower rank; the rank is relative and is not a predictor of success. Offers for a place declined by higher ranked candidates are reassigned to lower ranked candidates till 1 June for non-EEA students and 1 August for Dutch and EEA students. Be aware that, even though you have not received an offer for a place yet, you must comply with the deadlines for uploading certified documentation mentioned under step 3.

    You will also receive an email from TCS containing some information on your ranking and test score. It will not be possible to review your test or individual answers given.

  • Step 3: Enrol

    Whether you have already accepted an offer for a place via Studielink or are still awaiting an offer for a place, you need to continue with your enrolment by uploading the required documentation (as described in our admission requirements) before the given deadlines. The deadline for uploading documentation regarding possible deficiencies (e.g. certificates and test scores for Math and English) is 15 May 2022 23:59 CET. The deadline for uploading your secondary school diploma is 1 July 2022 23:59 CET.

    Deadline uploading certified documentation further requirements (if applicable): 15 May 2022 23:59 CET

    Deadline uploading certified diploma: 1 July 2022 23:59 CET                   

    If you cannot comply with the admission criteria or provide us with a digital copy of your diploma before the given deadline of 1 July, you can send a substantiated request for an extension to the Admission Office. If you have received an offer for a place after 1 July, you need to upload the requried documents within 2 weeks after receiving the offer for a place. It is not possible to request an extension for the 15 May deadline. 

    Unfortunately, it is neither possible for candidates who require a visa to request an extension for both deadlines nor to receive an offer for a place after 1 July. If you have not complied with the deadlines, your offer for a place will expire 1 July. If you have not received an offer for a place by 1 June, your application will be canceled. You will have to re-apply for the next academic year.

Entrance exam

The exam

The exam consists of three consecutive tests. None of these tests assume any knowledge of programming, nor is any other foreknowledge required to participate in the Entrance Exam. Each test is a weighted part (%) of the final score:

  • Logical Thinking (30 minutes, 20% of the final score) is about your ability to reason in a systematic way and apply logic to solve problems.
  • Algorithmic Thinking (45 minutes, 40%) is about solving puzzles, applying process-oriented thinking skills and in general your ability to come up with efficient solutions to computational problems.
  • Mathematical Thinking (45 minutes, 40%) is about your skills in applying school-level mathematics without using a calculator.

How to prepare

  • Preparing for the Logigcal Thinking test

    To prepare for the Logical Thinking test, you can use any book on logic foundations, such as Logic in Action by van Benthem, van Ditmarsch, van Eijck and Jaspars (chapters 1–4) or Foundations of Computation by Hugtenburg and Yorke-Smith (chapter 2.1, 2.2, 2.4 and 2.5). Both these books are publically available and free to use, but you can use other sources as well, as long as they cover the following topics:

    • propositional logic
    • predicate logic
    • Boolean algebra
    • quantifiers
    • formulae
    • basic deductive reasoning
  • Preparing for the Algorithmic Thinking test

    To prepare for the Algorithmic Thinking test, practice the following key techniques:

    • using abstraction to (re)formulate a problem, focusing on the important information
    • using algorithms to express a solution as a stepwise recipe or a set of rules
    • breaking down a complex problem, solution or system into smaller parts
    • recognising similarities among and within problems
    • analysing and (re)organising available data
    • identifying, analysing and implementing possible solutions as effective combinations of steps and resources
    • generalising the problem solving process to a wider class of problems
  • Preparing for the Mathematical Thinking test

    To prepare for the Mathematical Thinking test, you can self-study or follow any course on pre-university calculus like this free one on edX offered by TUDelft, to revisit the following topics:

    • functions (polynomial, root, power, logarithmic, exponential, trigonometric, absolute)
    • properties of functions and their plots (domain, range, limits, asymptotes, symmetry)
    • rewriting of algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities
    • factorisation techniques and the quadratic formula
    • systems of linear equations
    • differential calculus (first and second derivatives, solving optimisation problems)
    • integral calculus (limits, definite and indefinite integrals, antiderivatives, applications)
    • trigonometric functions, including amplitude, phase, period and frequency
    • solving trigonometric equations and inequalities
    • 2D/3D geometric shapes, their surface, perimeter and volume
    • Pythagorean theorem, laws of sines and cosines
    • calculations of angles, lengths and intersections of basic 2D shapes
    • vectors, their norm and direction, orthogonality, multiplication (dot product and scalar)
  • General preparation for the exam

    The Entrance Exam is an individual exam, so it is not allowed to collaborate or communicate with another candidates or other persons. The TCS programme has taken measures to prevent fraud during the exam. 

    If you take the on-campus entrance exam, you are provided with a secured chromebooklaptop. You do not need to bring any other supplies. Everything you needto take part in the on-campus entrance exam is provided by us. The on-campus entrance exam is supervised by invigilators.

    If you take the online entrance exam, you are responsible for making sure you have a well functioning internet connection, a good functioning pc or laptop with a webcam, and a room where you cannot be disturbed. If you can not take part in or complete the exam because of a failing internet connection or hardware, the selection procedure is considered not to be completed and thus you will not receive a ranking number. Further, the online exam will be proctored and you need to prove via the webcam you are alone in the room where you take the exam. Accidental entry of someone can be classified as fraud. 

    Suspicions of fraud committed by candidates are reported to and investigated by the Examination Board. If it is established by the Examination Board that fraud has actually been committed, the candidate in question will be excluded from the selection procedure and will not receive a ranking number. etailed instructions for participation in the entrance exam will be provided with the notification of your exam date and time slot.

    Detailed information on the rules and guidelines for the entrance exam can be found in the Selection and Placement Regulations


Contact

We advise you to consult the FAQ first if you have any questions regarding admission and/or the selection procedure. If you cannot find your question answered there, please contact the UT Admission Office if you have any questions regarding admission and enrolment and the Numerus Fixus coordinator for questions about the selection procedure

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