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    VWO Math A Level I Requirements/Content Help

    I am potential student at a university in The Netherlands. According to the university, I have not fulfilled my mathematics requirements for entrance. I need to take an exam equivalent to VWO math A level I. However, I have no idea what this entails. Is there anyone familiar with this system who can help me with content to study? Thank you so much!
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    Hello.

    I'll first explain some essential things about the education system in The Netherlands: At the age of ~12 you choose a level for further education, according to your intelligence. Roughly the 3 levels are: VMBO, HAVO & VWO. The smartest kids go to the VWO, which lasts six years. After those six years you'll have to pass for an exam. If you passed, you can study at an university.
    One of the subjects is Maths. There are 4 levels available: Maths A, B, C, D. D is the hardest, B is hard, A is easy, C is the easiest (I know this sounds weird, but it is the truth). According to the university you need Math A. To make it even more complicated, you also have the choice to complete the whole subject, or only a part of it. If you complete the whole subject, it's called Maths A level 1,2. The other choice is Maths A level 1, which is only a part of Maths A.
    I hope it's a bit clearer now!
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    VWO Math A Level 1

    Beam -

    Thank you so much for the speedy reply. You never know in a forum if anyone will read your posts. Further, if anyone will reply.

    My next question would be:

    Do you know where I can find a specific curriculum breakdown for Math A in the VWO program?

    The reason for this is because I need to prove to this university that the math I took in high school is equivalent. I went to a high school in Indiana and acquired the Indiana Academic Honors diploma. I had the diploma (as a whole) evaluated by NUFFIC last year. Their findings suggested it was equivalent to a VWO/VWO+, however the math curriculum is not as clear.

    If it helps, I have taken the following from grades 8-12:

    Algebra I (1&2)
    Algebra II (3&4)
    Geometry I (1&2)
    Probability & Statistics
    Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus
    Economics (Includes Macro-/Micro-)

    Again, thank you so much for the information...
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    The following topics are part of the examprogramme of Maths A1 (literally translated):

    1. (algebraic) skills
    2. functions and graphs
    3. discrete analysis
    4. combinatorics and probability
    5. graphs and matrices
    6. statistics and probability

    Geometry is not part of the examprogramme.
    Economics is a whole different subject here.
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    However, I strongly recommend that you get a statement, on paper, of exactly what requirements you need from the university office that told you that you had to meet requirements!

    Otherwise, you might find that what you thought they told you changes everytime you ask. (I'm not saying this based on knowledge of the the Netherlands, just knowledge of offices.)
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    HALLS OF IVY, I strongly agree with you about getting everything in writing from the university. I had problems last year with another university in The Netherlands. I did not get things in writing and subsequently my admission fell through. Thank you for the advise.
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    BEAM - Do you by chance know a website of VWO resources detailing specifically the mathematics curriculum? I am trying to get specifics via "a Board of Education-type" site. Thank you for everything, by the way. You have provided valuable information for me.
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