Admission tests

You are about to embark on a university career and admission tests are a crucial step in this journey.

Admission tests are tools used by universities to identify your competences so that you can successfully tackle your university studies.

What admission tests are available at the University of Bologna

CISIA Online Tests (TOLC)

The TOLC is adopted by many free-access and restricted-access programmes to assess the knowledge required and identify any Additional Learning Requirements.

Find out which TOLCs Unibo adopts and accepts, where they take place and how to register

Programme-specific tests

Different programmes, whether free-access or restricted-access, may provide for different types of tests. These tests aim to assess the specific knowledge or skills required for a particular degree programme.

For more information, see the website of your chosen First cycle and Single cycle degree programme or of your chosen Second cycle degree programme.

How to prepare

You can target your studies and, in many cases, use test simulations available to you.

  1. Online simulations: on the Cisia website, you will find exercises and simulations to test your knowledge and get used to the TOLC format.
  2. Placement tests (PPS): available on the Cisia website, PPSs help you assess your knowledge and identify areas for improvement.
  3. AlmaMathematica: for tests with a mathematical component, AlmaMathematica offers an online pathway to consolidate your skills.
  4. Consult the Curricula: TOLCs are based on high school curricula; studying from your school textbooks can be useful.
  5. Test Guide: find test examples, with questions commented and solved by the Cisia scientific committees, on the Cisia website’s 'Guida alla Prova' (Test Guide) page.

What happens if you fail the test

It may happen that you fail the admission test: consider it an opportunity to explore new avenues and expand your skills. Indeed, this phase can be a turning point for your personal and academic growth.

You can implement several strategies:

  • Alternative degree programmes
    Talk to the people in the guidance service for advice on alternative programmes. Exploring different options can be surprisingly rewarding.
  • Retake the test the following year
    Consider enrolling in degree programmes that are close to the one you were interested in, so that you can possibly retake the test the following year and ask to have any exams taken validated.
  • Self-assessment
    Reflect on your test performance to identify strengths and areas for improvement. This self-assessment can help you better understand your inclinations and interests.
  • Vocational training courses
    You could start getting ahead with specific vocational training, languages for example, or develop soft skills that can be so useful to you in the world of work.

Taking a test with a disability or specific learning disorders (DSA)

If you have a disability

Personalised services ensure an appropriate test experience. When registering, you can request special adaptations so that you can tackle the test in the most comfortable conditions, allowing you to reach your full potential during the test.

If you have a specific learning disorder (DSA)

Personalised services and special adaptations respecting the diversity of each person's cognitive abilities, including neurodiversity and specific learning disorders, ensure an equitable and inclusive test experience, allowing you to reach your full potential during the test.