Academic aptitude as a neglected factor for foreign students

Back in 1895, Albert Einstein, a brilliant young man from southern Germany, sought admission as an international student to what would become ETH Zurich in Switzerland, but was initially rejected because he did not meet the necessary requirements – the formal qualification and sufficient French language skills. Recognising the need to assess more than just […]

Improving academic success of international students

Germany needs international students to compensate for the declining number of students and to meet the demand for highly skilled workers. Foreign students who successfully complete their studies can then integrate into the labour market. At first glance, this is already happening quite well, as statistics and reports on the number of international students show […]

Worldwide Admission Test Dates for 2024

As in 2023, four of our admission tests are available worldwide on fixed test dates. Institutions of Higher Education also have the option to reserve individual test days for their applicants. Tests are conducted online with video supervision, offering flexibility through various time slots, allowing prospective students everywhere in the world to take the tests […]

Really powerful! How ants help to optimise admission tests

Psychological tests are very popular and play an important role in education – for example, in the selection of students. But where do ants come into play here? Of course, we want a maximum amount of information about candidates using the least amount of resources (i.e. testing time). One benefit of shortening tests is an […]

How to improve the experience of test takers

How do applicants react when they have to take a study aptitude test for their application? And what does it depend on whether they are satisfied with the test or not? What do we need to do if we want a test to be accepted by our applicants? We asked over 2,000 test takers on […]

Increasing diversity in admission procedures

A diverse group of young students

Selection procedures are supposed to identify those who later have the best grades and are most successful in their careers. But what if such an approach creates a homogeneous student body that is predominantly a reflection of today’s elite? What about people with low-SES (socio-economic status) background, from non-academic families, with migration background, non-native speakers? […]

New testing system to be expanded with additional online tests

Since 2020, numerous aptitude tests have been carried out with the ITB’s own test system IONA (ITB-Online-Assessment): Several thousand applicants took part in the ITB-Business, ITB-Science and ITB-Technology tests, as well as the Baden-Württemberg Deltaprüfung. After these successful tests in the years 2020 to 2022, the development of further features and a new registration system, […]

ITB-Business replaces BT-WISO

From 2023, the ITB-Business will be used exclusively as scholastic aptitude test for undergraduate degree programmes and will replace the BT-WISO. The ITB-Business covers the same ability areas and is designed similarly to the BT-WISO. Three of the four groups of exercises (solving quantitative problems, diagrams and tables, and text comprehension) are identical. The group […]

TM-WISO test dates 2023

The test dates for TM-WISO in 2023 are now scheduled: 18.02. 22.04. 20.05. 24.06. 25.11. The registration period begins on 02.01.2023. The regular registration period for the test date on 18.02.2023 already ends on 18.01.2023, after which there is still the possibility to get a place for the test date via the late registration period […]

The circle of PhaST universities continues to grow

Five additional universities accept the Pharmacy Study Aptitude Test PhaST  for the selection of their students: Kiel University  Leipzig University  Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz University of Münster Universität Regensburg  We are very pleased to welcome these universities to the circle of PhaST universities.