The Cisia TOLC Online Test: general information

TOLC: Test OnLine Cisia
What is the TOLC and how to register for the test.


Consult the Course website for specific information about the on-line test for your chosen degree programme. Some initial information about the test is provided below.



What is the TOLC?

The Cisia On-line Test (TOLC) is an orientation tool used to assess your initial abilities. 

This individual test, different for each participant, comprises questions that are selected automatically, at random, from the CISIA TOLC database by software developed and administered by CISIA - Consorzio Interuniversitario Sistemi Integrati per l'Accesso (Consortium of Inter-University Integrated Access Systems).

Each TOLC test is delivered using computers in various locations identified by the participating Universities and is valid for any degree programme requiring that type of TOLC: accordingly, it is not necessary to sit the test at the specific University that offers your chosen degree programme. 

The TOLC is an access test for numerous restricted access degree programmes and is also used by some open access degree programmes to assess basic knowledge.

NB: TOLCs do not apply to single-cycle degrees in Medicine and Surgery, Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics, Architecture, Construction Engineering-Architecture, Veterinary Medicine, which are governed by a national call for applications published by the Ministry.

There are three types of test, TOLC-I, TOLC-E and TOLC-F, that differ in terms of the number, nature and difficulty of the questions and the time available:

  • TOLC-I applies to Engineering and certain other technical-scientific degree programmes: 50 questions (20 on mathematics,10 on logic, 10 on science, 10 on verbal comprehension) with a duration of 1 hour 50 minutes; 
  • TOLC-E is valid for access to degree programmes in Economics and certain others in statistics and social sciences: 36 questions (13 on logic, 10 on the comprehension of text, 13 on mathematics) with a duration of 1 hour 30 minutes; 
  • TOLC-F applies to degree programmes in Pharmacy, Chemistry and pharmaceutical technologies and certain other technical-scientific and sport science degree programmes: 50 questions (15 on biology, 15 on chemistry, 7 on mathematics, 7 on physics, 6 on logic) with a duration of 1 hour 12 minutes. 

Each test is followed by additional section on English, comprising 30 questions (duration: 15 minutes).  This section is mandatory for some degree programmes, while its sole purpose for others is to assess your level of knowledge.

See the call for applications for your chosen degree programme for information about the importance of the English section.

See the list of University of Bologna degree programmes that use this test and the type of TOLC required.

Register to sit the TOLC

You must register for the TOLC on-line via the Cisia website and pay a fee of €30.

There are numerous sessions throughout the year during which you can sit the TOLC tests.

The TOLC model is adopted by several Schools and degree programmes of the University of Bologna, whether based in Bologna or at the Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini campuses.

Check the calendar that is continuously updated specifying the 2018 dates and locations within the University of Bologna where the TOLC tests can be sat:

TOLC tests can be sat at any University listed on the CISIA calendar, not just at the location or University that offers your chosen degree programme.

The test can be repeated, but not more than once each month. The result of your last TOLC test will be considered valid, if completed by midnight on the day prior to the selection enrolment deadline specified in the call for applications.

You can sit the TOLC test if you already have a diploma or are attending the fourth or fifth year of secondary school.

TOLC tests are valid for A.Y. 2018/2019 selections if sat on or after 1 January 2017.

NB: the structure of the TOLC-I tests has been changed for the A.Y. 2018/2019, however those sat on or after 1 January 2017 are valid. 
The table with the conversion of the scores for each section is available on the CISIA website.

What to do after sitting the TOLC

You can find information about how to participate in the selections and enrol on the website of your chosen degree programme. Remember to read carefully the call for applications, or the information provided about your chosen degree programme, and check the deadlines for registering for selections and for enrolment.

The calls for applications for restricted access degree programmes specify the minimum score required in order to register for selection, and that below which you can still enrol, if allocated a place, but with Additional Learning Requirements.

The selection procedures do not foresee further tests or exams and the ranked list of successful candidates is based on the TOLC scores, as weighted in accordance with the criteria specified in the call for applications.

Information for students with special needs or learning disabilities

If you are a student with these needs, you can make an explicit request for assistance, additional time or further measures intended to ensure that you sit the test on a par with other candidates. Consult the information available on the website of the Services for students with special needs and SLD.

Information for non-eu students with residency abroad

The University of Bologna makes available an additional TOLC session date (TOLC-I, TOLC-E and TOLC-F), reserved solely for non-EU students with residency abroad.

The reserved TOLC session will be held on 7 September 2018 in Bologna.

If you are a non-EU student with residency abroad you alternatively can:

  • sit any of the TOLC sessions scheduled, following the above mentioned rules;
  • take part in TOLC session reserved for non-EU students with residency abroad. In this case you will have to follow the instructions you will get via email after the deadline for pre-enrolment at the Embassies, at the address you have provided in the pre-enrolment application (Form A). If you do not receive any communication by 17 August 2018, please contact the International Desk:

Contact the International Desk for any further information you may need.