TMS - Test for

Medical Studies

Scholastic aptitude test for human medicine, dental medicine and veterinary medicine

The TMS – Test for Medical Studies – is one of the most renowned subject-specific scholastic ability tests in Germany. Responsible for coordination and organisation of the TMS is the central TMS Coordination Office (“TMS-Koordinationsstelle“), which is located at the Heidelberg Medical Faculty. ITB is responsible for the development and evaluation of the test.

The TMS consists of nine modules proven suitable for ensuring  a very good prediction of success in medical studies. The various exercises cover competencies such as memory, reasoning and concentration.

The TMS is currently being used by 36 medical faculties in the process of admitting
students to  human medicine and by 28 faculties for admitting students to dental medicine within the framework of the quotas “Zusätzliche Eignungsquote” and “Auswahlverfahren der Hochschulen”, which are part of the German Higher Education Act. In addition, the pharmacy in Leipzig, molecular medicine in Ulm and numerous “Landarztquoten” (Quotas for strengthening medical care in rural areas) of the federal states considers the TMS in the admission or selection process.

The largest scholastic aptitude test in the German-speaking world

In 2022, more than 22,500 people registered for the two dates in spring and more than 14,500 for the two dates in autumn – in total, there were more than 37,000 registrations for the four test days of the TMS. The test was offered at about 80 different test locations, which ensures good accessibility for participants from all over Germany and beyond.
This makes the TMS the largest subject-specific study test in the German-speaking world.
Since 2021, new regulations regarding the repeatability of the TMS have been in force, which can be read here. The link also provides up-to-date information on the registration deadlines for the upcoming dates

In 2023, the TMS will again be carried out on four test dates at more than 80 test locations throughout Germany.

TMS Spring:

Saturday, 13 May 2023
Sunday, 14 May 2023

TMS Autumn:

Saturday, 04 November 2023
Sunday, 05 November 2023

Content and structure of the TMS

The Test for Medical Study Programmes (TMS) is a subject-specific study ability test consisting of eight modules. The pure processing time is just over five hours. However, with registration, admission and lunch break, the test takes around eight hours to complete.

The TMS consists of the following modules:

  • Muster zuordnen (Recognizing Patterns)
  • Medizinisch-naturwissenschaftliches Grundverständnis (Basic medical and scientific understanding)
  • Schlauchfiguren (Tube figures)
  • Quantitative und formale Probleme (Solving Quantitative Problems)
  • Merkfähigkeitstest (Figuren lernen / Fakten lernen) (Memory test (learning figures / learning facts))
  • Textverständnis (Understanding and Interpreting Texts)
  • Diagramme und Tabellen (Analysing Charts)

The examination does not cover subject-specific knowledge which is the subject of the final exam (“Abitur”) or of another examination which conveys the higher education entrance qualification.

Further information can be found on the TMS website (only available in German).

EMS - Aptitude test for medical study programmes - Adaptation of the TMS for Switzerland

In Switzerland, the aptitude test for medical study programmes (EMS), which is an adaptation of the German TMS test concept, is used in a similar way to the TMS. For the EMS, too, we primarily act as test developers, while responsibility for implementation and organisation lies with the Centre for Test Development and Diagnostics (ZTD) at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland).

The EMS is offered in German, French and Italian.