The admission test for the Bachelor’s degree programme in Architettura/Architecture is nationally based: it is valid for all Architecture degree programmes in Italy and it takes place in one single day, generally in September, at the same time, in all Italian universities. The contents and procedures for the admission test for the 2019/20 academic year are currently being defined by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and will be notified after the publication of the relevant Ministerial Decree.
All updates will be published on this page.
In this page you can find the registration rules for the admissions test for the Bachelor’s degree programme in Architettura-Architecture - A.Y. 2018/19.
Check the Call for admissions
to the Bachelor’s degree programme in Architettura-Architecture A.Y. 2018/19 to learn about all the details for participation in the test and registration. Please note that the English translation of this document is provided as a support to the student community and has no legal effects. The Italian version shall constitute the sole authentic text and will be referred to for any legal matters; it is published at: http://orienta.polito.it/it/bandi_di_selezione_18_19
Students are required to be there at 9.00 a.m. for identification and entrance into the
In the table below it is possible to check the subdivision in classrooms according to age.
For the admissions test candidates have to solve 60
multiple-choice questions in 100 minutes with 5 possible
answers, only one of which is correct. Candidates must identify one answer
only, and discard wrong or less likely conclusions. The questions are about: general knowledge and abstract reasoning (logic); history; design and representation; mathematics and physics.
The test is organized as follows:
- 2 general
- 20 abstract
reasoning (logic) questions
- 16 history
- 10 design
and representation questions
- 12 mathematics and physics questions
admissions test evaluation (maximum 90 points) is based on the following
- 1,5 points for each correct answer
- A penalty of 0,4 points (-0,4)
for each incorrect answer
- 0 points
for each unanswered question
EU and non-EU candidates (referred to in art. 26
of Law no. 189/2002), who obtain a minimum score of twenty (20) points
and fall within the total programmed number of students, are eligible for
admission to the Bachelor’s degree programme in Architettura/Architecture. Candidates
who are not eligible will not be included in the ranking list.
In compliance with the EU guidelines on access
of foreign students to university education and in line with the cultural
foreign policy referred to in art. 46 of DPR no. 394/1999, the minimum
admission threshold (score > 20 points, referred to in paragraph 3) is not
applicable to non-EU candidates who reside abroad.
candidates who reside abroad are eligible for admission if they get a score
greater than zero (0) in the admission test. Non-EU candidates who reside
abroad will not be included in the ranking list if they do not answer any
REGISTRATION FOR THE ADMISSIONS TEST (compulsory steps):
Application to take the test must be made on–line only, by:
STEP 1. apply for the admission test logging
into the portal UNIVERSITALY
portal within 24th
2018 (3 p.m. Italian time). At the end of the
registration on the UNIVERSITALY
website, you will be given a
STEP 2. complete the registration filling in the Apply@polito online application
(TIL ARCHITECTURE section), enter the
UNIVERSITALY code and pay the admissions test registration fee of
50 EURO within 27th
This fee will
not be reimbursed under any circumstances.
registration fee can be paid using various payment methods, including:
-Credit cards (Visa and
MasterCard only – American Express is not accepted), generating an immediate payment;
- Pre-printed notice of
payment, such as the MAV, generating a deferred payment;
- PagoPA, an electronic
payment system which allows users of online banking services to choose a bank
or a payment institution (defined as “Payment Service Provider” – PSP) among
those recognized at national level.
Please note that if you do not follow and
complete the above mentioned steps, you will not be able to take the admissions test and enrol in the Bachelor's degree programme in Architettura-Architecture.
How to register for the test
In particular, we would like to inform
you that you will have to select
the Bachelor’s degree programme in Architettura-Architecture from the section called “Select your course”,and you will have to specify the language of the test
(Italian or English).
Warning: Candidates who intend to enrol in the Bachelor’s
degree programme in Architecture taught in English are required to take the test in
After you click on "Save and
submit" you will see a new section called "Test-Architecture"
and then you can pay the
admissions test registration fee.
For more information about payment please check the following web site: http://orienta.polito.it/en/enrollment
In order to be admitted to the programme,
students are expected to have sufficient general knowledge, with special focus
on history, social sciences and institutions, together with the ability to work
with different written texts (in the domains of art, literature, history,
sociology philosophy, etc.), and the aptitude to abstract reasoning, both in
mathematics and languages.
and abstract reasoning (logic)
- Assessment of
the ability to complete a logical argument in a way consistent with the assumptions
that are stated symbolically or verbally through multiple-choice questions.
- The questions
will focus on scientific texts or narrative essays of classical or contemporary
authors, or current cuttings from newspapers or more specialized journals; they
will be about cases or problems, possibly of an abstract nature, whose solution
calls for various forms of logical argument.
- The evaluation
will be completed by questions on general cultural knowledge.
The test aims to assess a consistent chronological understanding
of the main characters and events of historical significance (from
antiquity to the early and late middle ages, and the modern and contemporary
history). Such an understanding will also be judged by the candidate's
knowledge of specific developments in art and architecture (i.e. architectural
styles or artistic movements).
Design and visualization
The test aims to
assess knowledge of the capacity to analyse graphics, design, and iconic
drafting or correspondences with the objects in question, by the mastery of
elementary methods (plans, elevations, axonometric projections).
Mathematics and Physics
The test aims to
assess mastery of the following topics:
- Sets of numbers
and arithmetic (natural and negative numbers, rationals, reals; the ordering
and comparison of numbers; orders of magnitude, operations, powers, roots, logarithms);
algebra, Euclidean geometry (polygons, circles, lengths, surface and volume,
geometric loci), analytic geometry (basics), probability and statistics
principles of mechanics: definitions of the fundamental physical quantities
(displacement, velocity, acceleration, mass, momentum, force, weight, work and
power); Newton's laws, inertia and the principle of action and reaction;
- The basics of
thermodynamics (general concepts of temperature, heat, specific heat,