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Scholastic aptitude test for pharmacy studies in Germany

Welcome to phast

The PhaST is a subject-specific study aptitude test developed according to the international standards of psychological aptitude diagnostics. The PhaST is being developed in cooperation between the University of Freiburg, the University of Tübingen, the University of Heidelberg and the ITB. PhaST consists of the following modules which have proven to predict study success:

  • Working Precision and Concentration 
  • Understanding and Applying Complex Rules
  • Linking Complex Data
  • Comprehending Text
  • Thinking Spatially
  • Analysing Material Qualitatively
  • Interpreting Scientific Figures and Tables
  • Analysing Quantitative Relationships
  • Maths and Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

The various exercises cover competencies such as memory, reasoning and concentration.

Duration: 4:00 h

Test languages: German

Implementation: Online in test centers

Participation fee: 75 Euro (including VAT)

Why do universities use PhaST?

Proven test modules for the prediction of study success

Working Precision and Concentration

assesses the ability to concentrate and work precisely even under time pressure.

Understanding and Applying Complex Rules

assesses the ability to deal with complex rules and the ability to concentrate even under time pressure.

Linking Complex Data

assesses memory and the ability to link information from different modes of representation.


Comprehending Text

measures text comprehension using subject-related texts from the field of study.

Thinking Spatially

tests spatial awareness using the rotation of biomolecules.

Analysing Material Qualitatively

assesses the ability to concretise and to experiment on the basis of problems in analytical chemistry.

Interpreting Scientific Figures and Tables

measures competence in understanding illustrations and diagrams on various topics in the field of study.

Analysing Quantitative Relationships

measures quantitative skills and assumes a basic knowledge of mathematics.

Maths and Physics

tests fundamental school knowledge from the fields of mathematics and physics for the study.


tests fundamental school knowledge from the field of biology for the study.


tests fundamental school knowledge from the field of chemistry for the study.

Test Dates 2024

Registration for Test Dates in 2024 will open on 03.01.2024 at 9:00 am (CET)

Test DateRegistration Deadline

Only test appointments with free places are displayed in the registration portal. Your results will be available for download in your user account no later than ten days after the test!

PhaST is Currently used for the following programmes:

You can apply to study pharmacy at the universities via Hochschulstart. Here you can enter your PhaST result directly during the application process. You can find more information about the application process at Hochschulstart as well as the important dates and deadlines for the application at

The result of the PhaST is taken into account by the user universities in the different quotas. The best way to find out exactly how the PhaST result is taken into account with other criteria is to consult the selection statutes of the universities to which you want to apply. There you will always find the most up-to-date and binding information. Usually, the test score (standard score) of the overall test shown in the PhaST result is taken into account in such a way that you can only improve your chances of a place at university by submitting the PhaST result and not worsen them.

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