Cisia TOLC Test

What is the TOLC test?

The TOLC (CISIA OnLine Test) is a test that assesses the educational background of prospective university students.

Delivered by CISIA (Consortium of Interuniversity Integrated Access Systems), the TOLC can be taken in different venues throughout the national territory, and consists of specific tests that also the University of Milan requires for admission to most degree programmes, both with open and capped enrolment.

The call for applications of each degree programme indicates the type of TOLC test required together with the registration procedure, deadlines and any special ranking criteria.

TOLC and limited enrolment programmes

If you sit for a TOLC for one of our limited enrolment programmes, you have to register and apply online on website too

When and how to sit for the TOLC test

Due to the ongoing health emergency, the TOLC tests delivered by the University will be held remotely through TOLC@CASA. The procedures are set forth on the CISIA website, and made available in the personal TOLC area for each candidate.

The TOLC Cisia schedule provides for three sessions. Candidates who fail the test on their first attempt, can try it again several times, but never in the same session.

View the schedule for dates available for the TOLC@CASA test proposed by the University.

Registration for TOLC test 2020 now open

Available dates University of Milan
TOLC test deadlines
Date Type Registration deadline
27 August 2020 All 21 August 2020, 2pm
28 August 2020 All 21 August 2020, 2pm
31 August 2020 All 25 August 2020, 2pm
01 September 2020 All 26 August 2020, 2pm
02 September 2020 All 27 August 2020, 2pm
03 September 2020 All 28 August 2020, 2pm
04 September 2020 All 28 August 2020, 2pm
07 September 2020 All 01 September 2020, 2pm
08 September 2020 All 02 September 2020, 2pm
09 September 2020 All 03 September 2020, 2pm
10 September 2020 All 04 September 2020, 2pm
11 September 2020 All 04 September 2020, 2pm
How to register for TOLC

You must register for the TOLC test through the CISIA website.

How to register

  1. Watch the video tutorial on the CISIA website
  2. Access the registration page on the CISIA website
  3. Select the date on which to take the test
  4. Pay the 30 Euro fee

How to prepare

You can practice for the TOLC test using the area test on the CISIA website.


What are the test topics?

Select a test type for more details on its duration and topics

50 questions (20 on basic mathematics, 10 on biology, 10 on physics, 10 on chemistry)
Duration: 110 minutes
Bachelor's degree programmes: 

  • Biological science

36 questions (13 logic, 10 on reading comprehension, 13 on mathematics) + 1 section on English
Duration: 90 minutes.
Bachelor's degree programmes: 

  • Political sciences
  • International Studies and European Institutions
  • Social Sciences for globalization
  • Economics and management
  • Communication and Society
  • Labour and Management
  • Public Sector and Healthcare Management

36 questions (13 logic, 10 reading comprehension, 13 mathematics)
Time allotted: 90 minutes.
Degree programme: 

  • International Politics, Law and Economics (IPLE)

50 questions (15 on biology, 15 on chemistry, 7 on mathematics, 7 on physics, 6 on logic)
Duration: 72 minutes.
Bachelor's degree programmes: 

  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology
  • Exercise and Sports Sciences

50 questions (20 on basic mathematics, 10 on reasoning and problem-solving, 10 on reading comprehension, 10 on basic science)
Duration: 110 minutes.
Bachelor's degree programmes:

  • Computer Science area
  • Biotechnology
  • Medical Biotechnology 
  • Chemistry
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Physics (TOLC-I is also accepted)
  • Mathematics (TOLC-I is also accepted)
  • Environmental Science and Policy
  • Chemical safety and Environmental Toxicology
  • Science and Technology for Studying and Preserving Cultural Heritage and Information Storage Media (TOLC-B is also accepted)
  • Geological sciences (TOLC-B and TOLC-I are also accepted)
  • Natural sciences

50 questions (30 on reading comprehension and knowledge of the Italian language, 10 knowledge and skills acquired during studies, 10 logical reasoning)
Duration: 100 minutes.
Bachelor's degree programmes:

  • Philosophy
  • Foreign Languages and Literature
  • Science of Cultural Property
  • Liberal Studies in Environment, Landscape and Territory
  • Liberal Studies in Communication
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication
  • Law
  • Sciences of Legal Services

50 questions (8 biology, 8 chemistry, 8 fisica, 8 mathematics, 8 logic, 10 reading comprehension + 1 english section)

Duration: 115 minutes.
Bachelor's degree programmes:

  • Agricultural Sciences and Technologies
  • Agricultural Technology for the Environment
  • Food science and technology
  • Food Service Science and Management
  • Improvement and Protection of Mountain Environments
  • Management of Cultivated Plants and Landscaping
  • Viticulture and Enology
  • Animal Husbandry and Welfare
  • Animal Production
  • Herbal Sciences and Technologies