ORIENTATION
Entry Requirements
This page summarizes the macro topics related to the TIL test. All the details regarding the TIL test topics can be found in the Quick Guides published in the personal Apply@polito page.
Architecture a.a. 2022/23Download the Annex A of the Ministerial Decree in Italian language
Topics for a.y. 2022/23 (The English translation of the topics indicated of the Annex A of the Ministerial Decree is 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.)
For admission applicants are required to understand and analyse different written texts, have an aptitude to logical-mathematical reasoning, have sufficient general knowledge with special focus on history, geography, social sciences and institutions, design and representation, mathematics and physics.  The required skills and knowledge reflect the education offered by high schools that organize teaching in accordance with the National Guidelines for High Schools and with the Guidelines for Technical Schools and Professional School, in preparation for the State Examination for Professional Practice. 
Reading comprehension
The questions intend to assess the applicant’s ability to understand written texts of various kinds in the Italian language and with different communicative purposes. The questions are about scientific or narrative texts by classical or contemporary authors, or current news published in newspapers or texts from general or specialized journals.
Logical reasoning
The questions seek to test the applicant’s ability to use logical reasoning  in a manner consistent with the premises. These premises are set out in symbolic or verbal form and concern cases or problems, including abstract issues, which require different forms of logical reasoning to be solved. 
Prior school knowledgeThe questions or even short texts of various types and themes help to verify the applicant’s skills acquired in school and his/her general culture or knowledge of issues that are part of the contemporary public debate. In particular, the questions seek to verify:
  • the applicant’s ability to orient himself/herself in space and time, i.e. to contextualise important historical-cultural phenomena in geographical space and historical time, including specific artistic-architectural events, works of architecture or art movements;
  • the applicant’s knowledge of the main national and international institutions;
  • the applicant’s understanding of legal and economic issues and citizenship.
For non-EU applicants residing abroad:
  • general knowledge questions on international issues studied in school or part of the contemporary public debate complete this assessment.
 Drawing and RepresentationThe test assesses of the applicant’s ability to analyse graphs, drawings, iconic representations or correspondences with the objects in question. The test also verifies if the applicant has the elementary notions of representation (plans, elevations, axonometric projections).
Mathematics and PhysicsThe test seeks to verify if the applicant masters the following topics: 
  • Sets of numbers and arithmetic calculation (natural, relative, rational, real numbers; sorting and comparison of numbers; order of magnitude; operations, powers, radicals, logarithms), algebraic calculation, Euclidean geometry (polygons, circumference and circle, measures of lengths, surfaces and volumes, isometry, similarities and equivalences, geometric places), analytic geometry (fundamentals), probability and statistics (fundamentals), elements of trigonometry (fundamentals)
  • elementary principles of Mechanics: definition of fundamental physical quantities (displacement, velocity, acceleration, mass, momentum, strength, weight, work and power); law of inertia, Newton’s law and principle of action and reaction), fundamentals of Statics
  • elementary notions on the principles of Thermodynamics (general concepts of temperature, heat, specific heat, expansion of materials)
  • Basics of Electrostatics and Electrodynamics: Coulomb’s law, field and electric potential, capacitors, capacitors in series and in parallel, direct current, electrical resistance, Ohm’s law, resistors in series and in parallel.
Bachelor's Degree Programmes in Engineering
Mathematics
  • Natural, relative, rational numbers; simple problems that can be solved with elementary methods 
  • Real numbers, radicals and calculations with powers and radicals
  • Basics of statistics and probability
  • Euclidean geometry on a plane and basic concepts of geometry in the 3D space; areas and volumes of elementary figures
  • Algebra of monomials and polynomials
  • Analytical geometry . Description and identification of simple subsets of the plane described by inequalities in two variables Exponentials and logarithms and their properties
  • Exponentials and logarithms and their properties
  • Goniometry and trigonometry
  • Elementary graphs: polynomial functions of first and second order, absolute value, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions
  • Algebraic equations and inequalities, irrational, with absolute value
  • Exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric equations and inequalities
Reading comprehension and logical reasoning Section
In this section, a selection is excerpted from a text (generally of scientific, informative, historical, sociological nature). The excerpt is followed by 5 questions, whose aswers must be solely deduced by the text, singling out the only correct answer among the 5 proposals; the correct answer must be inferred from the excerpt only, and it should not be based on the candidate general knowledge. The section also includes 5 questions concerning Logic, which do not require particular prerequisites, but an aptitude for abstract logical-deductive reasoning. Possible topics will cover:
  • orderings
  • use of quantifiers
  • logical deductions
  • elementary logic problems
  • negation of claims.
Physics
  • Vectors
  • Measurement units
  • Kinematics in one and two dimensions
  • Forces and dynamics of point particles
  • Work and energy
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Calorimetry
  • Thermodynamics
  • Electrostatics
  • Electric circuits
Basic Technical knowledge section
In this section there are 3 questions of Representation and 3 questions of Computer science.
Representation
As far as representation is concerned, through the TIL it is intended to verify the aptitude to relate the spatiality of objects with their representation (two-dimensional and three-dimensional) and to verify minimum requirements of knowledge of the codes of graphic-technical languages. 
Computer science
Questions have the purpose of verifying the necessary qualification for understanding and using Computer Science technologies. Syllabus contains, always only as basic knowledge:  
    • snap!
    • notion of program
    • notion of variable
    • assignments
    • test vs assignment
    • arithmetical operations
    • example of programming language (C, Python)
    • size of a program in terms of number of lines of code
    • general model of a compiled/interpreted program
    • multithread
    • loops
    • operators
    • logical operators
    • if then else
    • for, while, repeat until
    • arbitrary-precision arithmetic computation
    • bit/byte/transistor
    • De Morgan’s laws (hints)
    • multiple desktops
    • virtual machines, Virtual Box example
    • operating systems
    • browser
    • IP addresses (introduction)
    • ssh
    • firewall
    • background processes
    • web server
    • software licences
    • using debugger
    • introduction to recursion
    • introduction to acquisition and management of analogic and digital data
    To train yourself to test so you can download the guides in the entrance exam in previous years; also registering on the website of the Apply@Polito you can train yourself to the test through the simulator and other teaching materials.

    Bachelor's Degree Programme in Design and communicationThe questions aim to verify the applicant’s ability to critically deal with issues related to the activity of the project. 
    The questions tend to inquire the sensitivity and the interest of the candidates to the issues of environmental sustainability (such as the life cycle of products / services and reduction of environmental impact for the pursuit of a sustainable development), technological culture (knowledge about how and why we make the products in relation to their social use and how to understand the form / function / materials), the history of the project (history of architecture, design, visual communication and graphic design, knowledge of the historical placement of buildings, products and graphics), and representation (ability to relate the spatial objects with their representation - two-dimensional and three-dimensional - and to verify the minimum knowledge of the chart-technical language codes) without requiring specific knowledge related to the course’s topics.

    To access the test is recommended to use as a test training course materials on line for the area of Architecture. 
    To train yourself to test so you can download the guides in the entrance exam in previous years; also registering on the website of the Apply@Polito you can train yourself to the test through the simulator and other teaching materials.

    Bachelor's Degree Programme in Territorial, urban, environmental and landscape planning

    The test is divided into four parts.  

    1st part: Logic and Mathematics
    The questions require to show aptitude for logical-abstract thinking, to complete a logical consistent reasoning pertinent with the premises which are set out in numerical, symbolic or verbal way. The questions related to mathematics involve knowledge of sets of numbers, calculus (natural, relative, rational and real numbers, sorting and comparing of numbers, orders of magnitude, operations, powers), algebra, fundamentals of probability and statistics.

    2nd part: Reading Comprehension
    Questions will focus on understanding Italian scientific essays or classical or contemporary author's fiction, or on topical texts appeared in newspapers, generalist or specialist magazines. rational and real numbers, sorting and comparing of numbers, orders of magnitude, operations, powers), algebra, fundamentals of probability and statistics.

    3rd part: General knowledge
    The questions will be related to the fields of history, geography, literature, art, music and current events. The questions have been designed to highlight the existence of minimal cultural basis for candidates who aspire to get a bachelor degree, therefore no special knowledge will be required in each of these areas. rational and real numbers, sorting and comparing of numbers, orders of magnitude, operations, powers), algebra, fundamentals of probability and statistics.

    4th part: Design knowledge
    The questions are designed to test the candidate's ability to deal critically with some issues related to the project’s activity. Without requiring specific knowledge of the Degree Program, the questions tend to ascertain the sensitivity and interest of the candidates towards the themes of environmental sustainability, technological culture, history of the project and representation.

    To train yourself to test so you can download the guides in the entrance exam in previous years; also registering on the website of the Apply@Polito you can train yourself to the test through the simulator and other teaching materials.

    Bachelor's Degree Programme in Territorial, urban, environmental and landscape planningThe questions aim to verify the applicant’s ability to critically deal with issues related to the activity of the project. 
    The questions tend to inquire the sensitivity and the interest of the candidates to the issues of environmental sustainability (such as the life cycle of products / services and reduction of environmental impact for the pursuit of a sustainable development), technological culture (knowledge about how and why we make the products in relation to their social use and how to understand the form / function / materials), the history of the project (history of architecture, design, visual communication and graphic design, knowledge of the historical placement of buildings, products and graphics), and representation (ability to relate the spatial objects with their representation - two-dimensional and three-dimensional - and to verify the minimum knowledge of the chart-technical language codes) without requiring specific knowledge related to the course’s topics.

    To train yourself to test so you can download the guides in the entrance exam in previous years; also registering on the website of the Apply@Polito you can train yourself to the test through the simulator and other teaching materials.

    Bachelor's Degree Programme in Territorial, urban, environmental and landscape planning

    The test is divided into four parts.  

    1st part: Logic and Mathematics
    The questions require to show aptitude for logical-abstract thinking, to complete a logical consistent reasoning pertinent with the premises which are set out in numerical, symbolic or verbal way. The questions related to mathematics involve knowledge of sets of numbers, calculus (natural, relative, rational and real numbers, sorting and comparing of numbers, orders of magnitude, operations, powers), algebra, fundamentals of probability and statistics.

    2nd part: Reading Comprehension
    Questions will focus on understanding Italian scientific essays or classical or contemporary author's fiction, or on topical texts appeared in newspapers, generalist or specialist magazines. rational and real numbers, sorting and comparing of numbers, orders of magnitude, operations, powers), algebra, fundamentals of probability and statistics.

    3rd part: General knowledge
    The questions will be related to the fields of history, geography, literature, art, music and current events. The questions have been designed to highlight the existence of minimal cultural basis for candidates who aspire to get a bachelor degree, therefore no special knowledge will be required in each of these areas. rational and real numbers, sorting and comparing of numbers, orders of magnitude, operations, powers), algebra, fundamentals of probability and statistics.

    4th part: Territory and society
    The questions are used to verify the ability to deal with problems related to the use of the territory and its interferences with the economic and social life. Therefore, without requiring any special knowledge, questions tend to determine whether candidates possess sensitivity to the institutions, the political economy, the city and environmental problems. rational and real numbers, sorting and comparing of numbers, orders of magnitude, operations, powers), algebra, fundamentals of probability and statistics.

    To train yourself to test so you can download the guides in the entrance exam in previous years; also registering on the website of the Apply@Polito you can train yourself to the test through the simulator and other teaching materials.
    Architecture a.a. 2022/23The topics in English for the test for the academic year 2022/23 will be published soon.Download the Annex A of the Ministerial Decree in Italian languageTopics for a.y. 2021/22 In order to be admitted to courses, 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. 

    General knowledge and abstract reasoning (logic) The admission test will assess applicants’ ability to use the Italian language, for candidates who take the test in Italian and in English language for candidates who take the test in English, correctly in different contexts and for different purposes. It will also assess their ability to use logic to present an argument, in a way that is consistent with the premises, discarding incorrect, arbitrary or less probable conclusions. The assumptions are presented in a symbolic or verbal form through multiple-choice questions, also formulated with short propositions. 
    The questions are based on scientific essays or novels by classical or contemporary authors, or on texts published in newspapers or in general or specialized journals. The questions may also deal with cases or problems, including abstract issues, which require different forms of logical reasoning to be solved. 
    General knowledge questions on issues studied in school or part of the contemporary public debate are also part of the assessment process.
    For the historical field, the questions may deal with the history of the 20th century and the current world, among other things (industrialization and post-industrial society; fundamental rights achievements; new subjects and movements; the welfare state and its crisis; globalization processes and conflicts in the global world).  
    For the social and institutional field, in accordance with national guidelines and in relation to the activities carried out in the framework of  the "Citizenship and Constitution" project, the questions may be about the Constitution, communication and mass media, economics and political life, different forms of state and government, among other things  For non-EU applicants residing abroad:
    • general knowledge questions with an international scope, on issues studied in school or part of the contemporary public debate are part of this assessment.
    • For the historical field, the questions may deal with the history of the 20th century and the current world, (industrialization and post-industrial society; fundamental rights achievements; new subjects and movements; the welfare state and its crisis; globalization processes and conflicts in the global world).
    • For the social and institutional field, the questions may cover communication and mass media, economics and political life, different forms of state and government, among other things    

    History The test aims to assess a consistent chronological understanding relating to the main individuals and events of historical significance (from antiquity, the early and late middle ages, and the modern and contemporary periods). 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).
    Drawing and Representation 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 (basics);
    • Elementary 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; fundamentals of Statics;
    • The basics of thermodynamics (general concepts of temperature, heat, specific heat, expansion of materials).
    • Basics of Electrostatics and Electrodynamics: Coulomb’s law, electric field and electric potential, capacitors, capacitors in series and parallel, direct current, electric resistance, Ohm’s law, resistors in series and parallel.
    For admission applicants are required to understand and analyse different written texts, have an aptitude to logical-mathematical reasoning, have sufficient general knowledge with special focus on history, geography, social sciences and institutions, design and representation, mathematics and physics.  The required skills and knowledge reflect the education offered by high schools that organize teaching in accordance with the National Guidelines for High Schools and with the Guidelines for Technical Schools and Professional School, in preparation for the State Examination for Professional Practice.