How to increase the chances of finding your desired study place using a test

Here you can find out all about our subject-specific scholastic aptitude tests such as the PhaST or the TM-WISO. In addition to general information on the procedure and preparation, you will also find links to the registration portals and the demo tests. If you have specific questions, the FAQ and our support will help you.

The most important information at a glance

Registration for the test is only possible online.

The participation in the test is subject to a fee.

The tests are held several days a year (mainly Saturdays). You may take each test only once a calendar year.

For admission you need a valid official photo ID and the invitation to the test. Note paper and pens will be provided for you in the test centre. (For security reasons, the use of your own pens and note paper is not permitted.)

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The tests take approximately 3.5 to 4.5 hours (depending on the test) – including registration, admission, instruction. The tests are taken twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

Prepare yourself well for the test day. Work through the sample tasks and familiarise yourself with the demo version of the computer-based test system. Find out in good time how to get to the test centre.

Deception and attempted fraud are not allowed – nor are certain items.

Please follow the instructions of the test administrator carefully. These instructions, together with the written instructions provided with the test, are authoritative.

During the time specified for a particular task group, you may only navigate within that task group.

When in doubt, you should guess! Because no points are deducted for wrong answers.


You can only register online via our registration portals. We recommend early registration if you want to get your preferred location and date. First register, then login.
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The test (including registration and admission) takes about 4 to 5 hours (depending on the test). The actual examination takes between 3.5 and 4.5 hours - if the full processing time and all break times are taken up in full. The test is taken twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.


The most important prerequisite is that all participants have comparable conditions when taking the test. Therefore it must be ensured that, among other things, all participants adhere to the same rules, and that nobody gains advantages at the expense of others. Thus, each of you can contribute to ensuring that a test is fair.


Certain questions have already been asked frequently to the support team. We have collected these in the FAQ. Perhaps you will find the answer to your question there.


The preparation for the tests should not involve any costs for you. Therefore, we provide all the necessary preparation documents for our tests free of charge.


In individual cases we try to organise tests outside Germany. Please apply for this by 28 February of the respective year.


Your results will be available for download in your user account no later than ten days after the test.
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You still have questions or suggestions? - We are happy to help!