Test of Design

The Design test is a written test comprising 90 questions each of which multiple-choices for the answer. The student must pick one answer only, rejecting the incorrect, arbitrary or less probable options. The subject matters on which the admissions test is based are:

  • general knowledge: 24 questions
  • geometry and representation: 12 questions
  • history, history of art and design: 12 questions
  • logic: 6 questions
  • verbal comprehension: 6 questions
  • English : 30 questions

How the distance test is carried out

Access to the test

To access the virtual area in which the test will take place, you must use the access credentials to Online Services of the Politecnico (person code and password). If necessary, you can recover them from www.polimi.it/servizionline > Assistenza autenticazione > Recupero credenziali [Authentication support > Recover credentials].

The remote test cannot, on the other hand, be accessed using the SPID credentials. 

What do you need to take the test?

To take the test, you need to have two different devices and to have a stable data network with which to access the internet.

  1. desktop or laptop computer with webcam and microphone (internal or external); (Windows 10,8,7 or Mac OS X 10.10 or superior operating system and administrator privileges of the computer to be able to install the necessary software). It is not permitted to take the test by tablet or smartphone.
  2. Smartphone or Tablet: the ZOOM programme must be installed on this device (you do not have to create a personal account) to be able to carry out the recognition and control operations by the virtual classroom board. 

Remember to have battery chargers to hand for the two devices.

In addition, you must take the test in a quiet room, not occupied by other persons when taking the test, with adequate lighting.
You can keep on your desk two completely blank sheets and a pen for making calculations.
Finally, we recommend that you memorise the credentials in case you have to carry out the access again.
It is not permitted to use earphones or headphones during the test.

DEMO DOL - Test On Line

In preparation for the admission test, we inform you that you can try the Demo Test Online - DOL several times on the days of:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 2pm to 11:59pm.
The Demo Test Online is never available prior to 2pm.

Select the item "Open support chat" to request assistance in the access phase to the DEMO of the Online Test.
Online support is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2pm to 6pm.

The link to access the "Remote Demo DOL > Demo DOL Online will be available only for students registered for a test, starting from the day after registering for the admission test but not before 8 days from the date of the test.

Read the “Online Test Guide for Applicants” carefully before trying out the test.

What to do on the day of the test?

On the day of the test for which you are registered, you will find the link "Remote TOL".  

We recommend that you connect:

  • to carry out the recognition and admission operations.
    You must wait in the Zoom "waiting room" so that the classroom administrators can allow one student at a time to enter the virtual classroom and to perform the test preparation operations. For this reason, you may have to wait several minutes. 

Check carefully the start time of the test for which you are registered, indicated on the registration receipt.

Once admitted to the virtual classroom of the test and after the recognition operations, you may no longer leave your workstation and you must always remain positioned in front of your webcam with your device connected to Zoom while you wait for the test to start.

Once you have started the test, latecomers will be admitted into the classroom but they may not recover any lost time.

Rules of conduct during the test:

  • Headphones and earphones may not be used
  • The applicant must be the only person present in the room 
  • The recording of the surroundings must be complete and detailed; the two blank sheets must also be displayed carefully, front and rear
  • It is prohibited to use tests, calculators, smartphones, smartwatches and other electronic devices, with the sole exception of the second device connected to Zoom.
  • Once the identification procedure has been carried out, it is prohibited to leave the workstation
  • It is prohibited to deactivate the video and microphone while taking the test

During the test, if you need assistance, you must only use the “support chat”.
By going to the “Moodle” tab and selecting “Open support chat”, a new tab will be opened on which you can request support if you suffer any technical issues while taking the test.

A specific University Board may order the cancellation of tests carried out in a manner that does not comply with the necessary rules of conduct.

Important information

The entire conduct of the test will be recorded using specific video surveillance software.

Applicants must consent to the aforementioned recording, otherwise they will not be allowed to take the test.

At the end of the test, Politecnico di Milano reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel the test if it believes that the applicant has not complied with the necessary methods of conduct.

Politecnico di Milano will only inform the applicant of the score achieved in the test (via Online Services in the specific test registration application through the “test result” function) after analysing the recorded images and after validating the recognition.

The tests will be held on a set date and at set times, which applicants must respect.

The test may not be taken on days and times other than those communicated and for which the applicant has registered.

Politecnico di Milano will not be liable for any malfunctioning of the equipment used by individual applicants and it will not be responsible for any blocks and/or interruptions in taking the test due to network issues and/or connection problems. The time “lost” due to malfunctioning of hardware, software or connectivity may not be recovered in another way; it will also not be possible to rectify any malfunctioning that prevents the test from being taken in full or in part. Applicants must respect the instructions they receive in the “User Guide” and will be able to verify, on the days prior to the test, the correct functioning of their equipment by carrying out a demonstration test.

Test result

The result will be made available within 15 working days from the date of taking the test and can be consulted at Online Services (www.polimi.it/servizionline): “Lauree triennali e a ciclo unico: test di ingresso o di recupero ed immatricolazione” > “Esito test e Immatricolazione” [”Laurea and single-cycle degrees: entry or recovery test and enrolment” > “Test result and Enrolment”]

Content details

General knowledge

The questions will regard a number of areas of branches of learning which are studied as part of all school syllabuses; additionally, the aim of the questions will be to verify the student's knowledge of general topics related to contemporary historical, technological, scientific, political and social matters.

Geometry and Representation

The aim of this test is to assess student's knowledge of the main forms of visual representation (projections, axonometric projections, perspective); the questions will also check ability to interpret and decode graphs, drawings and iconic, symbolic or conceptual representations related to various sectors of application and disciplinary fields.

History, History of Art and Design

The questions in this section focus on events and key people of significant historical importance in each period and place, and will assess the student's ability to place events and persons in the correct chronological period. The questions will also concern the evolution of artistic movements from ancient times up to the present time, and the history of industrial design, with its key figures, products and specific events.


This section will assess the student's capacity for abstract reasoning by means of problems formulated verbally or symbolically. Additionally, the test will also assess skills in the various fields of geometry: euclidean (polygons, circle, areas and volumes, isometry, similarities and equivalences…); study of curved figures; Cartesian, projective and descriptive geometry (rudiments); vectorial spaces.

Verbal Comprehension

The questions will focus on non-fictional and fictional texts, or on articles published in daily newspapers or magazines of all kinds; the aim will be to assess the level of language skills and the ability to build up reasoning consistent with the concepts expressed in the excerpts concerned.

Assessing English language knowledge

All students enrolled in a "Laurea" programme must attest their knowledge of English language. Therefore, together with the entrance test, you will be asked to take an English language test called TENG. This consists of 30 multiple-choice questions and lasts 15 minutes.

You must take the TENG even if you already hold an English language certification.

The result of the TENG is not considered in the final test score and for the formulation of the rankings: if you answered correctly to less than 24 questions in the TENG, and you will be allocated OFA in English.

The discharge of the English OFA takes you can:

  • submit one of the English language certifications recognized by the Politecnico di Milano to the Registrar’s office;
  • pass the TENG in one of the OFA sessions organized by the university, after the beginning of the academic year.

For more details you can refer to this page.

How to prepare for the Design test

When preparing for the Design test we suggest that you use Secondary School textbooks. In general, you should bear in mind that:

  • thorough revision of the textbooks used in Secondary Schools with emphasis on science subjects, for the area of geometry, can be very useful
  • you can use textbooks used in Art Schools to revise or study to prepare for the questions on History of Art and Design, and those on Drawing and Representation
  • knowledge of contemporary historical, technological, scientific, political and social matters is very important for future designers and will be tested with the General Knowledge questions; we advise you, after looking at the questions given as examples, to revise the basic elements and knowledge that can be found in textbooks and manuals used in secondary schools

Scores to pass the test

The following criteria will be used to assess the test:

  • 1 point for each correct answer;
  • 0 points for each omitted answer;
  • - 0.25 deduction for each incorrect answer.

The score determined using this criteria will be converted into hundredths and will be calculated up to the second decimal place.

Warning: you may compete for assignment of one of the places available in the Bachelor of Science programme in Design only if you have achieved a test score of 30.00/hundredths or more (minimum score for EU and equivalent students) or 20.00/hundredths or more (minimum score for Non-EU students).

Only those students achieving an overall score greater than or equal to 60.00 hundredths will have access to student benefits and grants.