The Cisia TOLC Online Test: general information

The CISIA On-line Test (TOLC) is required to apply to many restricted-access degree programmes and is also used by some open-access degree programmes to assess basic knowledge in order to assign Additional Learning Requirements if need be. See the list of degree courses using TOLC. 

You can take the TOLC at any university that is a CISIA member (Consorzio interuniversitario Sistemi integrati per l’accesso). Programmes that use the TOLC do not require any other test.

IMPORTANT: TOLCs are not used by single-cycle degree programmes in Medicine and Surgery, Dentistry, Architecture, Architecture and Building Engineering, and Veterinary Medicine that have national calls for applications issued by MIUR.

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. 

For the degree programmes of the University of Bologna can be requested one of the following TOLC that differ in terms of the number, nature and time available:

  • TOLC-I: 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: 36 questions (13 on logic, 10 on the comprehension of text, 13 on mathematics) with a duration of 1 hour 30 minutes; 
  • TOLC-F: 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;
  • TOLC-SU: 50 questions (30 on reading comprehension and knowledge of Italian, 10 on knowledge acquired through secondary education, and 10 on logical reasoning) with a duration of 1 hour 40 minutes.

Each test is followed by additional section on English, comprising 30 questions (duration: 15 minutes).  

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 the TOLC.

Register to sit the TOLC

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

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

Remember that in order to sit the TOLC, it is necessary to register in advance of the date of the identified test (registration closes one week before the date of the test) and that it is possible to book up to the maximum number of places.

Check the calendar that is continuously updated specifying the 2019 dates and locations 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. At the University of Bologna it is possible to sit the TOLC in the campuses of Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini. It is also possible to sit the TOLC at some locations abroad.

The TOLC test can be repeated, but you can sit a TOLC of the same type no more than once a month (calendar month).

TOLC tests are valid for A.Y. 2019/2020 selections if sat on or after 1 January 2018.

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.

Please note that for 2019/2020 admissions, only TOLCs taken from 1 January 2018 onwards are valid (only the score from the last TOLC taken by the deadline set in the call will be considered).

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.

As for open-access degree programmes, after taking the TOLC you can enrol in the degree programme of your choice. If your TOLC score is lower than the minimum requirement you will be assigned Additional Learning Requirements.

Information for students with special needs or learning disabilities

If you are a student with a physical or learning disability and want to request an adapted version of the TOLC, please select this option when you register for the TOLC on the CISIA website ( You will then receive a confirmation email and will be asked where you want to take the TOLC, what type of disability you have, and what type of support you need. You will then need to upload the required documentation, which will be sent to the university where the TOLC will be taken, so that the relevant offices can organize the test accordingly.

Information for non-eu students with residency abroad

The University of Bologna makes available an additional TOLC session date, reserved solely for non-EU students with residency abroad.

The reserved TOLC test will be held in Bologna on 9 September 2019.

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 18 August 2019, please contact the International Desk:

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



TOLC: Test OnLine Cisia (in Italian)