TOLC

The TOLC (CISIA Online Test) is an individual test in Italian with questions selected from the CISIA TOLC database, to be sat on the computer. The test is different for each candidate, but TOLCs of the same type are similar or comparable in difficulty.

The TOLC is administered by CISIA - Consortium of Inter-University Integrated Access Systems, a non-profit consortium that gathers public universities exclusively (currently 50). The CISIA supports universities in developing and giving entry tests and tests on candidates’ previous knowledge to access university degree programmes.

At present, there are 8 types of TOLCs (the full list is available on the CISIA’s web page). The University of Padua currently admits TOLC-I, TOLC-E, TOLC-AV, TOLC-SU to select students for many degree programmes held in Italian (see below 'Types of TOLCs').

You can sit the TOLC at the University of Padua or at any other CISIA partner university. Given the ongoing health emergency, the University of Padua has welcomed the initiative TOLC @CASA, which allows students to sit the TOLC in a virtual classroom. Candidates can sit the test at their house, thereby maintaining social distancing and staying safe.      

  Registering for the TOLC

The time frames set by the CISIA consortium for sitting the TOLC@CASA are listed below:

  • Time frame 1: from19 May to 30 June
  • Time frame 2: from 1 July to 31 July
  • Time frame 3: from 20 August to 17 September

Candidates must register for the TOLC on the CISIA’s website and pay a fee of € 30. Please register for it well in advance, as each test has limited places available. The closing date for registering is one week before the date of the test.

You can sit up to one test per time frame (listed above). You can even resit the test in the next time frame, within the deadlines set in the call for applications for the chosen degree programme (see section ‘Pre-enrolment and enrolment at UNIPD’).

If the health emergency makes it possible to sit the test in person, you will have the chance to resit the test (up to) once a month.

 

  Pre-enrolment and enrolment at UNIPD

All the procedures concerning access to the University of Padua’s degree programmes are outlined in the relevant Calls for applications. The results obtained in the last TOLC, taken within the deadlines set in the Call for applications for the chosen degree programme, are considered for accessing the degree programme.

Candidates holding an international secondary school diploma must also apply on apply.unipd.it starting from 15th June 2020. Please check the list of documents required for application on: https://www.unipd.it/en/study-italian-how-apply (section "Required documents"). 

Enrolment is subject to approval of entry qualification documents by the Admissions and Welcome Unit.

After sitting the TOLC, you have to pre-enrol on the portal www.uniweb.unipd.it by the deadlines set for the degree programme or the relevant selection.

Unlimited access degree programmes      

If your TOLC score is lower than the minimum required, you can still enrol, but you will be given an additional learning requirement (OFA) to fulfil.

Limited access degree programmes

The Call for applications sets guidelines for:

  • the minimum score, where applicable, to access the selection for the chosen degree programme
  • the minimum score below which, if you are shortlisted, you can enrol with an additional learning requirement (OFA).

Types of TOLCs

Note: Different types of tests granting access to the same degree programmes have different minimum scores. All the information concerning the type of TOLC admitted, minimum scores and sections considered is provided in the relevant Call for applications.

  TOLC-I

Structure

  • MATHEMATICS (20 questions in 50 minutes)
  • LOGICAL REASONING (10 questions in 20 minutes)
  • SCIENCES (10 questions in 20 minutes)
  • READING COMPREHENSION (10 questions in 20 minutes)
  • ENGLISH (30 questions in 15 minutes)

Further information is also available in the dedicated section on the CISIA’s website.

Degree programmes TOLC-I gives access to the following Italian-taught degree programmes:

School of Engineering

  • Unlimited access degree programmes: Aerospace engineering; Chemical and materials engineering; Civil engineering; Energy engineering; Product innovation engineering; Engineering and management; Mechanical engineering; Mechatronic engineering; Environmental and land planning engineering
  • Limited access degree programmes: Biomedical engineering; Electronic engineering; Information engineering; Computer engineering; Techniques and management of building and land.

School of Science      

  • Unlimited access degree programmes: Astronomy; Mathematics; Geological science; Statistics for economics and business; Statistics for technology and science
  • Limited access degree programmes: Biology; Molecular biology; Biotechnology; Chemistry; Industrial chemistry; Physics; Computer science; Optics and optometry; Materials science; Environmental sciences and technology; Natural science.

  TOLC-E

Structure

  • LOGICAL REASONING (13 questions in 30 minutes)
  • READING COMPREHENSION (10 questions in 30 minutes)
  • MATHEMATICS (13 questions in 30 minutes)
  • ENGLISH (30 questions in 15 minutes)

Further information is also available in the dedicated section on the CISIA’s website.

TOLC-E gives access to the following Italian-taught degree programmes:

School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine    

  • Unlimited access degree programmes: Science and culture of gastronomy and catering

School of Economics and Political Science 

  • Unlimited access degree programmes: Economic law        
  • Limited access degree programmes: Economics

School of Law

  • Unlimited access single-cycle degree programmes: Law – in Padua; Law – in Treviso
  • Unlimited access degree programmes: Law and technology; Employment consultancy

School of Science

Unlimited access degree programmes: Statistics for economics and business; Statistics for technology and science.

  TOLC-AV

Structure

  • BIOLOGY (8 questions in 16 minutes)
  • CHEMISTRY (8 questions in 16 minutes)
  • PHYSICS (8 questions in 16 minutes)
  • MATHEMATICS (8 questions in 16 minutes)
  • LOGICAL REASONING (8 questions in 16 minutes)
  • READING COMPREHENSION (10 questions in 20 minutes)
  • ENGLISH (30 questions in 15 minutes)

Further information is also available in the dedicated section on the CISIA’s website.

TOLC-AV gives access to the following Italian-taught degree programmes:

School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine    

  • Unlimited access degree programmes: Science and culture of gastronomy and catering;
  • Limited access degree programmes: Land and landscape restoration and enhancement; Agricultural science and technology; Food science and technology; Animal science and technology; Viticulture and enology science and technology; Safety and hygiene of food products; Organic crops management; Forestry and environmental technology

  TOLC-SU

Structure

  • READING COMPREHANSION AND ITALIAN LANGUAGE KNOWLEDGE (30 questions in 60 minutes)
  • KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS ACQUIRED DURING STUDIES (10 questions in 20 minutes)
  • LOGICAL REASONING (10 questions in 20 minutes)
  • ENGLISH (30 questions in 15 minutes)

Further information is also available in the dedicated section on the CISIA’s website

TOLC-SU gives access to the following Italian-taught degree programmes:

School of Economics and Political Science

  • Unlimited access degree programmes: Political science; Political sciences, international relations, human rights; Economic law
  • Limited access degree programmes: Social work

School of Law

  • Unlimited access single-cycle degree programme: Law – in Padua; Law – in Treviso
  • Unlimited access degree programmes: Law and technology; Employment consultancy

School of Human and social sciences and cultural heritage

  • Unlimited access degree programmes: Archaeology; Visual and performing arts; Philosophy; Humanities, Language, literature and cultural communication; Cultural tourism planning and management; History; History and conservation of the artistic and musical heritage
  • Limited access degree programmes: Communication; Sociological sciences

School of Psychology

  • Limited access degree programmes: Cognitive psychology and psychobiology; Developmental, personality and interpersonal relationships psychology; Psychological sciences and techniques; Social and work psychology