Test questions: What to expect in the admissions test for BA programs

The admissions test consists of nine types of tasks to test skills necessary for studying. The tests concentrates on mathematical capabilities, logical thinking, word comprehension and English skills.

The admissions test lasts approximately three hours.


1) Mathematical skills- Feeling for numbers

This group of questions assesses to which extent you can mentally estimate arithmetic problems. You need this ability, for example, to check whether calculations are plausible at all.Here is an example:

23 + 20 x 31

০ 555
০ 655
০ 855
০ 1055

You should estimate which of the answers is closest to the correct solution. You must also take into account the rule that multiplication and division take precedence over addition and subtraction. The tasks in the test are more difficult.

2) Logical reasoning

Two different types of questions are used to test this ability. The challenge is to recognize the general rules, according to how the tasks are set up. This ability helps you to learn new skills and to create connections between different subject areas.

In the first type of questions, figures are arranged in three rows and three columns according to certain rules. The question mark should be replaced with the correct answer.

Here is a simple example:


In the second task group, you will see a sequence of numbers. The sequence of numbers is arranged according to certain rules. To replace the question mark, you need to work out how the numbers are arranged.

Here is a simple example:

4     8     16     32     64     128     ?

The actual questions in the test are more difficult. The examples are deliberately simple, so that you can easily get an overview of what kind of tasks you will be confronted with when you take the admissions test.

3) Word comprehension

This group of questions evaluates how well you can understand the meaning of different words from everyday life. In order to solve these problems, you do not need to have knowledge about a specific topic. It is more about your general vocabulary.

Here is a simple example:

The word knowledge is most similar to the word ____________.

o    suitability
o    awareness
o    opinion
o    capacity

    Your task here is to choose the answer that has the most similar meaning to the initial concept. The tasks in the tests are, of course, also more difficult. Therefore, you should carefully consider what the individual terms actually mean.

    4) Mathematical skills - Mathematical problem solving

    You will also have to carry out calculations in your studies and professional life. To solve these tasks, it is necessary that you understand how to apply basic computing operations to solve problems.

    In this group of questions, you will determine which of the four basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) must be used so that the result of the numbers on the left side of the equal sign corresponds to the number on the right side of the equal sign.

    Here is a simple example:

    1 ? 2 ? 3 = 7

    As you can see from this example, you must also consider the order of operations (multiplication and division take precedence over addition and subtraction) to replace the question marks with the right signs. As before, the tasks in the test are more difficult.

    5) Drawing conclusions

    In order to make decisions, you often need to draw conclusions from the information you have. In this task group, we want to find out how well you can draw conclusions from information that must always be right. Please note that the information in the first two statements is true.

    Here is a simple example:

    All bees are not wasps.
    Some insects are bees.

    o    All insects are wasps.
    o    Some insects are wasps.
    o    All insects are not wasps.
    o    Some insects are not wasps.
    o    None of these conclusions are correct.

    As with the other groups of questions, the tasks in the test will be more difficult. Therefore, always consider which of the possible conclusions must be correct in each case and select it from the response alternatives.

    6) Reading and comprehension of English texts

    As part of your degree program and your later career, you will often have to deal with English texts. Therefore, it is essential that you can read them and understand their meaning.

    In this task group, you should read English texts and then answer questions. These are texts that might also appear in newspapers and magazines. You do not need specific knowledge to understand the text.

    7) English grammar

    In many cases it is necessary to communicate with people from abroad in English. In order for others to understand you and to be professional, you should also be proficient in grammar.

    In this task group, there will be an incomplete sentence for you to complete. You should select the most suitable solution from the suggested answers.

    Here is a simple example:

    According to the law an employee’s salary ______ on a monthly basis.

    ০ is paid
    ০ is being paid
    ০ is payed
    ০ is being payed

    The example shows you what you need to do with this task. The tasks in the test will also be more difficult.

    8) English vocabulary

    To understand others and to make yourself understandable, you need a good vocabulary. This task group is used to determine how good your English vocabulary is.

    In this task group, you are given sentences in which one word is underlined. For this word, you should either find a word with the same meaning, or a word that says exactly the opposite.

    Here is a simple example:

    Find a word with a similar meaning:
    East of the Rocky Mountains, the annual rainfall decreases substantially from that west of the Rocky Mountains.

    ০ considerably
    ০ slightly
    ০ completely
    ০ apparently

    Since we want to find out how good your English vocabulary is, the tasks will of course be much more difficult.Now you know what tasks to expect in the admissions test.

    We want to know how much potential you have, so there is also a special feature in the admissions test. The difficulty of the tasks will be adapted to your performance. This gives us a more accurate picture of your potential and your talents. In return, the nine types of questions will challenge you. So please do not be discouraged and take this chance to show us what potential and strengths you already have!

    We wish you good luck with the admissions test and look forward to your visit.


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