Maria Giulia Ballatore, Laura Montanaro, Anita Tabacco


This paper summarizes the guidelines and the main results of the set-up of an access Test in Laib –TIL performed at Politecnico di Torino, Italy, during the last decade. Many reasons forced to define this proprietary tool, such as the introduction of the numerus clausus and the consequent need of an effective and robust evaluation process associated to merit, the improvement of the attractiveness at the national and international level, and the reduction of the drop-out rate.  This test was able to supply several functions, useful both for the university and the potential students. It demonstrated to be a reliable and predictable tool for evaluating the competence background needed for a successful career in a technical university. In addition, it is a self-assessment test for the applicants able to contribute to a conscious individual choice.


admission test; career prediction; drop-out; engineering bachelor; recruitment.

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