Selection procedure

The bachelor degree programme Computer Science and Engineering at TU Delft has a Matching & Selection (Numerus Fixus) procedure, which means that all candidates will be selected. We can welcome 500 new bachelor students for the academic year 2020-2021. Please apply before January 15, 2020.

Matching & selection procedure

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for students who are inquisitive problem solvers, pro-active team workers and thorough analytical mindset, capable of obtaining a BSc degree in Computer Science and Engineering within three to four years. Moreover, students need to adhere to and identify with the values: respect, honesty, responsibility and trust, as embodied in the Code of Honour.

Matching & Selection Procedure in short

All applicants must meet the admission requirements and participate in the Matching & Selection procedure, which is held in English. The matching and selection procedure consists of three different parts, which all need to be completed:

  1. Non-Cognitive Skills Assessment (NCSA) 
  2. Cognitive Skills Test (CST)
  3. Self-Reflection Assessment (SRA)

Timeline Matching & Selection Procedure

Please check the Timeline Application and Matching & Selection BSc CSE that can be downloaded from the relevant documents list below. Note that all dates are listed as dd/mm/yyyy and times are according to CET (Central European Time/ UTC +1). 

Steps Matching & Selection Procedure

The steps below offer a brief overview of the Matching & Selection Procedure. For more detailed information, please check brochure 2 which can be found in the relevant documents list below. You can also find the regulation that governs this procedure there. All applicants with a completed registration, will be kept informed about the various steps in the procedure through email.

1. January 15 23:59 CET Deadline registration

In order to participate in the selection procedure, you must register yourself in the Dutch national application system Studielink before January 15. If you have an international secondary school diploma, make sure to continue your application in Osiris and submit your complete application file by January 15 as well. All further communication regarding the selection procedure will be sent by email to the address you submit in Studielink. Please note that it takes time to obtain your login for Studielink and to complete your application, so start in time as all deadlines are fixed. 

2. Sign up for the CST on Jan 23 13:59 – 23:59

Candidates who have completed their registration in Studielink before the deadline will be invited by email before January 23rd to sign up for the Cognitive Skills Test (CST). This email will contain further information on the exact dates as well as instructions on how to sign up.

You can reserve your slot when to take the CST on Thursday January 23, 2020, from 13:59 until 23:59 CET. We recommend all candidates to take the CST on campus as this will also enable you to get a better impression whether TU Delft is the right choice for you.
For those who prefer to take the CST online a total of 175 slots will be available. You can only sign up for these CST (online) slots through the procedure as stated here. There are several dates from the 28th of February until the 16th of March 2020 to take the CST. No slots will be assigned beforehand, as all candidates will need to follow the same CST registration procedure. If these dates do not work for you, we recommend you to look into other options, or try again next year, as we need to comply with national deadlines. Candidates from the Dutch overseas territories who reside there will have preference to take the CST online, as long as they sign up before the stated deadline. Seats will be allocated in sequence of application. Candidates who did not sign up, will be assigned a seat for one of the on campus options.

Please keep in mind that all candidates need to complete the Non-Cognitive Skills Assessment (NCSA) in a meaningful way in order to be allowed to participate in the CST.

3. Jan 31- Feb 14 13:59 CET Non-Cognitive Skills Assessment (NCSA)

The first part of the Matching & Selection procedure is the Non-Cognitive Skills Assessment (NCSA) and consists of the following elements:

  1. Online Student Experience
  2. Motivation & Perseverance
  3. Group work

Completing all three elements of the NCSA online before the deadline will enable you to participate in the CST.

4. Confirmation seat CST before Feb 28

All applicants who have completed the first part of the Matching & Selection procedure, the Non-Cognitive Skills Assessment (NCSA), will receive an unconditional confirmation by email with further information and instructions when and where to take the Cognitive Skills Tests (CST).

5A. Feb 28 – March 16 Cognitive Skills Tests (CST)

The CST is the selective part of the procedure and consists of the following three elements:

  • Math (40%)
  • Systematic Reasoning & Logical Thinking (20%)
  • Algorithmic & Computational Thinking (40%)

The weights listed in between brackets behind the three main elements of the CST as listed above, indicate the relative weight of each test, which will be used to determine your ranking number. 

The CST takes three hours in total; each element lasts one hour. You cannot re-sit or re-take the CST. We recommend all candidates to take the CST at TU Delft. A limited number of 175 seats are available to take the CST online. For more information on how to sign up for the CST, we refer you to point 2 above. Please read brochure 3 to find out how to prepare for the CST, which you can download from the bottom of this page under Relevant documents and links.

5B. Feb 28 – March 17, 13:59 CET Self-Reflection Assessment (SRA)

In order to obtain a ranking number, you need to complete the SRA after you have taken the CST and before the deadline. We recommend planning sufficient time for the SRA, so that you can truly reflect on your choice for Computer Science and Engineering.

6. April 15: Receive ranking number

Only students who have completed the entire Matching & Selection procedure, consisting of the NCSA, the CST and the SRA, will receive a ranking number on April 15 in Studielink. Your ranking number will be based on your scores for the Cognitive Skills Tests (CST). Your three test scores will be calculated and converted into a final cumulative z-score, which will be ranked from lowest to highest to assign a ranking number. A low ranking number means that you have scored high compared to your fellow applicants on the CST. 

7. Accept your spot within 2 weeks & finalize your registration

Your ranking number will be visible in Studielink on April 15. If your ranking number is within our maximum, you will automatically receive a (conditional) offer, if not, you have to wait until one of the other applicants declines their offer.

Keep in mind that you need to confirm your offer within two weeks in Studielink. Otherwise, your spot will be offered to the next available applicant on the ranking list. As a result, applicants with subsequent rank numbers can still be offered a spot after April 15, so make sure to keep an eye on Studielink and your email.

Please be aware that most applicants will receive a conditional offer as they still have to meet the entry requirements of the programme, e.g. graduate from your secondary education. In order to finalize your registration you may need to upload certain documents to demonstrate that you have met the entry requirements. We recommend you to check Studielink at least every two weeks, to see whether your registration has been finalized completely.

Important note for students with an International diploma

Non-EU nationality

The deadline for receiving your online confirmation statement and the full payment is July 1. In order to arrange all services like your (visa/residence permit/housing/ etc.) on time, you need to be offered a spot before mid-June, as the entire visa procedure can take four to six weeks in busy times. Under certain unusual circumstances, this process may take even longer. It is therefore in your best interest to meet all requirements in time before mid-June. This ensures that you can arrive in Delft in time for the introduction programme. Please note that you may need another three to four weeks to pick up your visa at the Dutch Embassy or Consulate-General, due to longer waiting lists for visa appointments in summer.

If you need accommodation, TU Delft will determine the order in which students will gain access to the housing portal. This includes a first-paid, first-served procedure, based on when we have received your full payment. Please note that TU Delft cannot guarantee housing. We advise all students to start in time with looking for housing, as this increases your chances of finding (affordable) housing.

EU nationality

The deadline for receiving your online confirmation statement and the full payment is July 1.

If you need accommodation, TU Delft will determine the order in which students will gain access to the housing portal. This includes a first-paid, first-served procedure, based on when we have received your full payment. Please note that TU Delft cannot guarantee housing. We advise all students to start in time with looking for housing, as this increases your chances of finding (affordable) housing.


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