Architecture

TEST OF ARCHITECTURE

The procedure and contents of the admission test for access to the Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) and Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) single-cycle courses for the specific purpose of architectural training are regulated by Ministerial Decree No. 604 of 27 May 2021 and its annexes ( only in Italian language).

The Architecture Test for the 2021/2022 academic year will take place on Wednesday 28 July 2021.

The TEST-ARCHED will be administered remotely according to the procedures detailed on the CISIA website. It consists of 40 multiple-choice questions, each of which only has one correct answer.

The time available to complete the Architecture Test is 70 minutes.

The admission test could be take in Italian or English language.

Read the instructions contained in the documents entitled “TEST@HOME room configuration, tests and network requirements” and “Technical specifications for registration and use of TEST-ARCHED by candidates”.

In order to be admitted to the courses, students require a sufficient degree of general cultural knowledge, with particular relation to the historical, social and institutional fields, together with the ability to work on written texts of various kinds (artistic, literary, historical, sociological, philosophical, etc.) and attitudes to logical-abstract reasoning, both mathematical and linguistic.

The subjects that make up the test are:

General cultural knowledge and logical reasoning

A test of the student’s ability to properly use the Italian language in different contexts and for different purposes, and to logically complete a line of reasoning in a way that is consistent with the premises, which are stated in symbolic or verbal form through multiple-choice questions formulated in different ways, including with brief propositions, discarding any conclusions that are wrong, arbitrary or less probable.

The questions concern scientific non-fiction texts or narrative texts by classical or contemporary authors, or texts about current events taken from newspapers or general or specialist publications; they also concern situations or problems, including those of an abstract nature, which require the adoption of different forms of logical reasoning to solve.

Questions relating to general cultural knowledge on topics covered during the course of studies or present in contemporary public discourse complete this area of assessment. For the historical section, the questions may concern such topics as the aspects characterising twentieth-century history and the current world (industrialisation and post-industrial society; the acquisition of fundamental rights; new subjects and movements; the welfare state and its crisis; processes of globalisation and conflicts across the world).

For the social and institutional section, in accordance with national indications and guidelines and in relation to the activities carried out for “Citizenship and Constitution”, the questions may include, for example, the Constitutional Charter, communication and the mass media, the organisation of the economy and political life; the various forms of state and government.

For candidates from non-EU countries resident abroad:

- questions relating to general cultural knowledge of a supranational nature, on topics covered during the course of studies or present in contemporary public discourse complete this area of assessment.

- For the historical section, the questions may concern such topics as the aspects characterising twentieth-century history and the current world (industrialisation and post-industrial society; the acquisition of fundamental rights; new subjects and movements; the welfare state and its crisis; processes of globalisation and conflicts across the world).

- For the social and institutional section, the questions may include, for example, communication and the mass media, the organisation of the economy and political life; the role of supranational institutions and agencies; the various forms of state and government.

History

The test aims to check consistent general criteria of chronological knowledge with regard to key figures and phenomena of historical importance (over the course of ancient history, the early and late medieval period, the modern age and the contemporary age). This general historical/chronological knowledge will also be tested by way of verifying knowledge closely linked to specific artistic and architectural events (works of architecture or artistic movements).

Drawing and representation

The test aims to check the student’s ability to analyse graphs, drawings and iconic representations or terms of correspondence with the object represented, as well as the mastery of the basic notions of representation (plans, elevations, axonometries).

Physics and mathematics

The test aims to check the student’s mastery of:

  • numerical sets and arithmetic calculation (natural, relative, rational and real numbers; ordering and comparison of numbers; order of magnitude; operations, powers, nth roots, logarithms), algebraic calculation, Euclidean geometry (polygons, circumference and area, measurements of lengths, surfaces and volumes, similarities and equivalences, geometrical places), analytical geometry (basics), probability and statistics (basics), elements of trigonometry (basics);
  • basic notions of the principles of mechanics: definition of the fundamental physical quantities (movement, velocity, acceleration, mass, momentum, force, weight, work and power); the law of inertia, Newton’s law and the principle of action and reaction), the basics of statics;
  • basic notions of the principles of thermodynamics (general concepts of temperature, heat, specific heat, expansion of bodies);
  • basic notions of electrostatics and electrodynamics: Coulomb’s law, electric field and potential, capacitors, series and parallel capacitors, direct current, electrical resistance, Ohm’s law, series and parallel resistors.

TEST OF KNOWLEDGE OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

The Politecnico di Milano requires students to have a knowledge of the English language. After taking the admission test, you will need to take the English language test, known as TENG (Test of English). The TENG consists of 30 multiple-choice questions, is taken on the student’s PC, and lasts 15 minutes.

You must take the TENG English test even if you already have external certifications attesting to your knowledge of English.

The TENG English test is only suitable for certifying a student’s knowledge of English for the purposes of courses delivered in Italian and does not contribute to the calculation of the score for the purposes of rankings, but may generate an educational deficit (OFA). If you provide fewer than 24 correct answers, you will be given Additional Educational Obligations (OFA) for English.
To find out about the limitations and ways of fulfilling the OFA for English, visit the OFA page.

Candidates enrolling in English-language courses must demonstrate a knowledge of English at a higher level, exclusively by way of one of the methods indicated at www.polimi.it > English language > Laurea courses and five-year course in Architectural Engineering

WHO CAN TAKE THE ARCHITECTURE TEST

The Architecture Test can be taken by students who have already graduated(i.e. who have passed the final state examination for upper secondary education) or who are attending the last year of secondary school. Candidates with disabilities or dyslexia may, if they wish, request specific support for the test.

If you are an Italian student with a foreign qualification, you must follow the same enrolment procedure as Italian students. However, you must submit certain documents to the international students office after the enrollment procedure.

HOW TO PREPRARE FOR THE TEST OF ARCHITECTURE

To help you prepare for the architecture, see the tools at your disposal on Poliorientami website (in Italian). At the following link you can view the Architecture test in English, taken by the students to access the academic year 2016-2017.

To better understand how the ARCHED admissions test works, see the dedicated test tutorial The tutorial is available on the CISIA Consortium channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUAPXG8l3-Y.

SCORES TO PASS THE TEST

You can enrol in one of our courses only if you score above zero in the test. Candidates who have not provided any answers to any questions will not be considered in the ranking.
The maximum possible score in the architecture test is 60 points. This is calculated by attributing:

  • 1.5 points for each correct answer
  • 0 points for each answer not given
  •  - 0.4 points for each incorrect answer

The ranking is drawn up exclusively according to:

  • the scores obtained in the test
  • the preferences expressed by all participants, until all available places have been filled

In the event of a tie (equal scores), the scores obtained by the candidate in the following areas give them precedence: in order of decreasing importance, General Cultural Knowledge, Logical Reasoning, History, Drawing and Representation, Physics and Mathematics.

TEST DATES

The Architecture Test for the 2021/2022 academic year will take place on Wednesday 28 July 2021 as reported in the 27 May 2021 notice published on the MIUR website.

The test can be taken by students who have graduated.

You can register for the TEST-ARCHED from 10:00am (GMT+1) on 04 June 2021 until 2:00pm (GMT+1) on 20 July 2021.

The registration to the ARCHED test must be completed on Politecnico di Milano website, although the test itself will be delivered remotely on CISIA website. The test will allow students to enrol in the Architecture courses at Politecnico di Milano and will take place on one date only.

The day of the test you must connect to the CISIA website in order to take the test by following the instructions that will be sent to you through e-mail from CISIA within 10 days or anyway within the date of the test.

If you want, even before receiving the informative e-mail from CISIA, you can simulate and practise with the Test Arched by registering on the CISIA website and by logging to the reserved area for "practice and placement" 

For more information you can check the Call for Architecture programmes of the academic year 2021/2022: Bando Laurea Architettura 2021-2022 (English translation of official call which is only in Italian language).

HOW TO REGISTER

Access the site from your personal Online Services page on the Politecnico website.
If you do not yet have your credentials (person code and password), you must register for Online Services. Click here to find out how.

- Select Degree and single-cycle degrees: entry or catch-up tests and enrolment > Registration for tests > Architecture Test
- choose the language of the test (Italian or English)
- indicate the study courses you are interested in by expressing from one to a maximum of six (6) preferences. Preferences can be changed until 14:00 (GMT+1) on 20 July 2021.
Your course preferences will be considered binding for the first ranking list
- pay the €30.00 registration fee.

You can choose between:

  • IMMEDIATE PAYMENT by credit or prepaid card (pagoPA model 1) Attention: if you exceed the time required to complete the payment and registration process you may need to re-enter the application to complete and confirm your test registration
  • SUCCESSFUL PAYMENT via home banking or at an accredited Payment Service Providers (pagoPA model 3).
    Attention: once you have made your payment choice you must re-enter the application to complete and confirm your test registration. If you do not re-enter and complete the registration, payment alone will not allow you to take the test.

Please note that it is impossible to pay using the pagoPA payment system at Poste Italiane.

If you are a student with disability or dyslexia, you can report it during test registration. For more information see the page Assistance for students with disabilities or dyslexia.

Paying admission does not mean you are registered to take the test. At the end of the procedure you will see the screen with the time, day and exam room and can print the test registration receipt. This means you are correctly registered. When you re-enter the application you will see the "Registration receipt" link. There is no payment reimbursement, unless Politecnico di Milano could not guarantee the performance of the TOL test.

AFTER THE TEST: ENROLLMENT

On 2 August 2021, the first ranking list is published on the University website (www.polimi.it).

 

FIRST RANKING AND ENROLMENT

In the ranking list published on 2 August 2021, you may be:

  • ASSIGNED: if you have been assigned one of the available spaces for your first preference. You are required to enrol by 23:59 (GMT+1) on 5 August 2021 for the ASSIGNED course. Any candidates who fail to enrol by the deadline above will be considered to have forfeited their place and will lose their right to enrol.
  • RESERVED: if you have not been assigned one of the available spaces for your first preference and have instead had a place reserved for you on one of your other choices. You can enrol by 5 August 2021 at 23:59 (GMT+1) on the course for which you are RESERVED or you must express your interest in enrolling on Online Services by 12:00 (GMT +1) on 6 August 2021, and wait for the publication of the next ranking list. If you do not express interest in enrolling, you will be dropped from the university rankings you are included in and will not have the right to enrol.
  • ON STANDBY: if you have not been assigned one of the available spaces for any of your preferences. It is not possible to enrol, but if you are still interested in enrolling, you must express your interest in enrolling on Online Services by 12:00 (GMT +1) on 6 August 2021, and wait for the publication of the next ranking if places become available. If you do not express interest in enrolling, you will be dropped from the university rankings you are included in and will not have the right to enrol.
  • COURSE FULL: this means that all the spaces on the course have been assigned and that you will not be able to register for the academic year 2021/2022.

SECOND RANKING AND ENROLMENT (final ranking for non-EU candidates)

In the ranking list published on 17 August 2021, you may be:

  • ASSIGNED: if you have been assigned one of the available spaces for your first preference. You are required to enrolby 23:59 (GMT+1) on 23 August 2021 for the ASSIGNED course. Any candidates who fail to enrol by the deadline above will be considered to have forfeited their place and will lose their right to enrol.
  • RESERVED: if you have not been assigned one of the available spaces for your first preference and have instead had a place reserved for you on one of your other choices. You can enrol by 23 August 2021 at 23:59 (GMT+1) on the course for which you are RESERVED or you must express your interest in enrolling on Online Services by 12:00 (GMT +1) on 24 August 2021, and wait for the publication of the next ranking list. If you do not express interest in enrolling, you will be dropped from the university rankings you are included in and will not have the right to enrol.
  • ON STANDBY: if you have not been assigned one of the available spaces for any of your preferences. It is not possible to enrol, but if you are still interested in enrolling, you must express your interest in enrolling on Online Services by 12:00 (GMT +1) on 24 August 2021, and wait until the next time the ranking list is updated, places relating to the best indicated preferences may become available. If you do not confirm, you will be dropped from the university rankings you are included in and will not have the right to enrol.
  • COURSE FULL means that all the places on the course have been allocated and you will not be able to enrol for the 2021/2022 academic year.

THIRD RANKING AND ENROLMENT (only for EU and equivalent students)

In the ranking list published on 26 August 2021 you may be:

  • ASSIGNED: You are required to enrol by 23:59 (GMT+1) on 30 August 2021 on the ASSIGNED course. Any candidates who fail to enrol by the deadline above will be considered to have forfeited their place and will lose their right to enrol.
  • COURSE FULL means that all the places on the course have been allocated and you will not be able to enrol for the 2021/2022 academic year