PhaST: Scholastic aptitude test for pharmacy studies in Germany

Welcome to phast

The PhaST is a subject-specific scholastic aptitude test with which you can improve your chances of gaining a place on a pharmacy course at various renowned universities. It consists of eleven groups of exercises:

  • Arbeitspräzision und Konzentration
  • Verständnis und Anwendung komplexer Regeln
  • Verknüpfung komplexer Daten
  • Textverständnis
  • Räumliches Denken
  • Qualitative Stoffanalyse
  • Interpretieren naturwissenschaftlicher Abbildungen und Tabellen
  • Analyse quantitativer Zusammenhänge
  • Mathematik und Physik
  • Biologie
  • Chemie
The test is conducted in german only.

Test duration approx. 4 hours, participation fee: 75 euros, terms of business

The PhaST is being developed in cooperation between the University of Freiburg, the University of Tübingen, the University of Heidelberg and the ITB.

We recommend that you register using a notebook or desktop PC!

Please also note the information on forbidden objects or behaviour during the test


Registration for 2022 starts on 22.02. Changes are still possible.

Test date
Available testing locations (Germany)
Registration deadline
Berlin, Frankfurt a. M., Köln, Lübeck, Marburg, München, Nürnberg, Tübingen, Waiblingen, Würzburg
Berlin, Frankfurt a. M., Köln, Lübeck, Marburg, München, Nürnberg, Saarbrücken, Tübingen, Waiblingen, Würzburg
Berlin, Frankfurt a. M., Köln, Lübeck, Marburg, München, Saarbrücken, Tübingen, Waiblingen, Würzburg
Berlin, Frankfurt a. M., Köln, Tübingen, Würzburg

Registration is only possible at the start of the respective registration phase. After the end of the registration phase, it is no longer possible to re-register for another date or test location. Registration is also no longer possible. There are no waiting lists.

Your results will be available for download via email no later then ten days after the test! 


In addition to the information brochure (German only) and the information on preparation, you can also prepare yourself with material on similar aptitude tests such as the Test for Medical Studies (TMS). However, we do not directly recommend the use of this material here. While there may be overlaps in requirements between different tests and you may feel better because you have done more to prepare, practising a “wrong” task format may also hinder you when working on tasks in the “real” task format of the PhaST. Apparently similar tasks do not necessarily measure the same requirement in the same form.

If you want to prepare yourself with “non-test” material, in our view the best test to use is the Test for Medical Studies (TMS) and especially the task groups „Quantitative und formale Probleme“, „Textverständnis“ und „Diagramme und Tabellen“. These have the greatest overlap with task groups of the PhaST.

A demo test is currently being planned. As soon as this is available, access will be provided on this page.

News about PhaST

PhaST is Currently used for the following programmes:

  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • University of Bonn
  • Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
  • University of Frankfurt
  • University of Freiburg
  • Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
  • University of Heidelberg
  • Philipps-Universität Marburg
  • Saarland University
  • University of Tübingen

You can apply to study pharmacy at the universities via Hochschulstart. Here you can enter your PhaST result directly during the application process via “Antragstellung Online” (AntOn). 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 “Auswahlverfahren der Hochschulen” (AdH) and the “Zusätzlichen Eignungsquoten” (ZEQ). The best way to find out exactly how the PhaST result is taken into account with other criteria, such as your Abitur grade, 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.

With the PhaST, we measure skills that are relevant for the successful completion of a degree in Pharmacy:

  • Ability to concentrate even under time pressure
  • Ability to work precisely even under time pressure
  • Ability to deal with complex rules
  • Understanding of structural formulas
  • Memory and ability to link information from different presentation modes
  • Observational and perceptive faculty
  • Ability to understand factual texts
  • Reasoning and combinatorial thinking
  • Spatial ability
  • Ability to concretise, experiment, classify
  • Analytical mathematical ability
  • School knowledge of mathematics, physics, biology and chemistry


If you would like to change your registration (e.g. other date, other test location), please contact the support for participants.                   

Reregistration is only possible within the registration phase and only for offers where there are still free places. There is no waiting list.

Further test dates for the period October to December 2021 are currently being planned.

You have the right to cancel this contract within fourteen days without giving any reason (see cancellation policy)