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 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 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.
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.
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 Architecture test, visit the Cisia web page “ Structure and Topics ( Syllabus) Arched Test".
At the following link you can view the Architecture test in English, taken by the students to access the academic year 2016-2017.
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 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