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. 473 of 26 May 2022 and its annexes ( only in Italian language)

The Architecture Test for the 2022/2023 academic year will take place on Wednesday 27 July 2022.

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.

It consists of 50 multiple-choice questions, each of which only has one correct answer.

The time available to complete the Architecture Test is 100 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.


Text comprehension

The questions are aimed at ascertaining the ability to understand texts written in Italian by different nature and with different communicative purposes and relate to texts of scientific non-fiction or fiction by classical or contemporary authors, or on topical texts published in newspapers or magazines generalist or specialist.

Logical reasoning

The questions are aimed at testing the ability to logically complete a reasoning, in a way consistent with the premises. These premises are expressed in symbolic or verbal form and focus on cases or problems, even of an abstract nature, whose solution requires the adoption of different forms of logical reasoning.

Knowledge acquired in studies history and general culture

The questions or even short texts of various types and themes, are used to verify skills acquired in previous studies and knowledge of general culture or topics under discussion contemporary audience. In particular, the questions will aim to ascertain:

  • the ability to orient oneself in the space and time represented, or to place in the
  • space and time historical-cultural phenomena of significance also relating to specific events
  • artistic-architectural, works of architecture or artistic currents;
  • knowledge of the main national and international institutions;
  • understanding of phenomena pertaining to the legal, economic and citizenship fields.

For non-EU candidates residing abroad:

  • questions relating to general knowledge of the supranational area, on topics addressed in the course of studies or present in contemporary public discourse, complete this evaluation area.

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.

Knowledge of 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 > lingua inglese > Corsi di laurea e corso quinquennale di Ingegneria Edile-Architettura (www.polimi.it > English language > Laurea courses and five-year course in Architectural Engineering).

How to prepare for the test of Architecture

To help you prepare for the architecture, see the tools at your disposal on Poliorientami website (in Italian).

To help you prepare for Architecture test, visit the Cisia web page  Structure and Topics ( Syllabus) Arched Test.

If you want 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".

Scores to pass the test

The maximum possible score in the architecture test is 50 points. This is calculated by attributing:

  • 1 points for each correct answer
  • 0 points for each answer not given
  • - 0.25 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