About the calibration tests

Vrije Universiteit Brussel works in partnership with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Universiteit Antwerpen and Universiteit Gent in organising institutionally neutral calibration tests. A calibration test is an aid in the transition from secondary to academic education, and it can serve as a useful tool in the study selection process. 


At VUB, you can submit a calibration test for the following bachelor programmes: 
  • Biomedical Sciences 
  • Bioengineering Sciences (‘bioengineer’) 
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences  
  • Physics 
  • Commercial Engineer ('handelsingenieur')
  • Engineering Sciences (‘civil engineer’)  
  • Engineering Sciences Architecture (‘civil engineer-architect‘)  
  • Industrial Sciences (‘industrial engineer’)  
  • Applied Economic Sciences ('TEW')
  • Mathematics 
Mandatory participation 

It is mandatory to take one of the calibration tests if you wish to enrol for the following (Dutch instructed) bachelor’s courses:  

  • Bioengineering Sciences 
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences 
  • Physics 
  • Engineering Sciences  
  • Engineering Sciences: architecture 
  • Industrial Sciences 
  • Mathematics 

However, the results are not binding, so you can still take the course regardless the result. It suffices to take one of the calibration tests. For example, after taking the civil engineer test you can go on to enrol for industrial engineering. 

Not mandatory, but advised: 

For the following (Dutch instructed) bachelor’s courses, participation is not mandatory, but strongly recommended:  

  • Biomedical Sciences 
  • Commercial Engineer (Handelsingenieur)
  • Applied Economic Sciences (TEW)

Calibration test: where and when? 

You can find more information about the timing and location on the website of Please note, not all calibration tests are offered in the second session. Pre-registration via the website is mandatory and possible as of the beginning of March.  

More information on

How to prepare?

Take a look at and view the questions set in previous editions. Can you use some help? Register for the preparatory activities for the calibration tests at VUB.

What happens after the calibration test? 

After the calibration test you get your results by email. Any questions about the course after getting your score? Then register for an individual, online talk with a staff member of Study Guidance. Extra preparation needed before starting a course? Then take part in one of the preparatory courses before the start of the new academic year. Got any further questions? Mail to 

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