Initial evaluation test (TVI)

TVI stands for Test di Verifica Iniziale (Initial EvaluationTest) and is used to check if newly enrolled undergraduates are in possession of the basic knowledge to be able to follow the first year of University courses.

If you are not able to pass the TVI, you will still have the possibility of making up by fulfilling the OFA TEST(Additional Education Obligations) later on, within the first academic year.

Please consult the relevant department or graduation course pages.

 
TVI Department of Management, Economics and Quantitative Methods

To be admitted to degree courses in Economics and Management and successfully carry out the selected career a basic knowledge is required in:

  • English language (level B1)

  • Mathematics (see Syllabus)

Degree courses in Economics and Management require students to take mandatory Initial Evaluation Tests (TVI) to be done online at the computer labs in via dei Caniana 2.

TVI will take place according to the following calendar:

  • Monday 16th September 2019 - Mathematics

  • Tuesday 17th September 2019 - English language

The University carries out the enrollment to the TVI, no booking is required;

The TVI hours will be published the day before the test with an announcement on this page;
Students must go to the test with matriculation number, personal password and ID card.

 
TVI Department of Law

The initial knowledge required for enrolling in the first year will be assessed through a mandatory Initial Evaluation Test (TVI) to be done online in September and December.

Further organizational details will be published on the bulletin board after the university enrollment deadline.

Students must go to the test with matriculation number, personal password and ID card

in case they fail the TVI in the two dates fixed by the Department, students will have to attend re-sit laboratories for Additional Compulsory Training (OFA). 

Students who do not take the TVI will have to attend re-sit laboratories for OFA that will take place according to the calendar published on each Department’s webpage.

Applicants with disability and/or SLD may inform the Services for Learning Disabilities and Special Needs Students Office about their needs so as to ensure a proper organization of the test. The request must be submitted on plain paper not later than 15 days before the test along with a certified true copy of the disability certificate (for disabled students) and/or the SLD with functional diagnosis not older than 3 years (for students with SLD). For further information please check the Office’s webpage.

 
TVI Engineering

To be admitted to degree courses in Engineering a basic knowledge is required in: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

Assessment methods

Starting in a.y. 2017-2018 the assessment may be carried out with one method: the TOLC-I (CISIA Online Test – Engineering).

TOLC-Is are national tests promoted and managed by the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Access Integrated Systems (CISIA). These are individual tests, one for each student, composed by questions automatically and randomly selected by the CISIA TOLC database through a proprietary software designed and managed by CISIA. 
The TOLC-I is made up of 80 questions divided in 5 sections. Each section has a preset number of questions. Each question is matched to five answers, of which only one is correct. 

Each section has the following preset duration:

  • Mathematics: 20 questions to be answered within 50 minutes.
  • Logic: 10 questions to be answered within 20 minutes.
  • Sciences: 10 questions to be answered within 20 minutes.
  • Oral comprehension: 10 questions on a text to be answered within 20 minutes.
  • English language: 30 questions to be answered within 15 minutes.

Score

For the first 4 sections:
Correct answer 1 point, wrong answer -0.25 points. Answer not provided 0 points. For the 5th section no penalty will be given for wrong answers and the score is determined assigning 1 point for correct answers and 0 points for wrong or not provided answers.
Both the single-section and the overall score will be visible on the screen at the end of the test.

Participants will enroll in the test according to the procedures available at www.cisiaonline.it. The enrollment fee is €30. The CISIA manages enrollments in TOLC-I tests on behalf of universities. The TOLC-I enrollment procedure handbook may be found at this link

Please note:

  • All students enrolled in the fourth or fifth year of upper secondary school or having an upper secondary school diploma may take the test.
  • At the admission to a degree course, the score obtained in TOLC-I is valid in all the universities using TOLC-I independently of the campus in which it was taken.
  • Each student may take each TOLC-I test not more than once a month (calendar month) independently of the campus selected for taking the test.
  • The results of a TOLC-I test taken in 2019 are valid for enrolling in the degree courses of the School of Engineering of the University of Bergamo in a.y. 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.
  • Taking the TOLC-I test does not mean being enrolled in a degree course of the School of Engineering.

 

Additional Compulsory Training (OFA)

The official placement test is TOLC-I by CISIA and the students who take this test at the Dalmine campus in the period between March-August 2019 (the most recent test taken will be taken into account) are not required to attach any documents to their enrollment application.

Students taking a TOLC-I test at the Dalmine campus before March 2019 (within two years before the enrollment date) or at another location included in the CISIA consortium or taking a test at a different University Engineering Department (for example TOL at Politecnico di Milano) again within two years before the enrollment date must attach to their application documents certifying that they took the test.

Based on the test’s results students may be assigned Additional Compulsory Training (OFA) courses in Mathematics and/or Physics and Chemistry (the Physics and Chemistry ones are two different OFA assigned together based on the overall score obtained in the Sciences section of TOLC-I).

For a.y. 2019-2020 the TOLC-I thresholds will be as follows:

  • OFA in Mathematics if the sum of the Mathematics and Logic scores is significantly lower than 12.
  • OFA in Chemistry and Physics if the Sciences score is significantly lower than 5.
  • For tests taken in other Departments, a specific commission will assign the OFA.

Please note that students who have obtained a High school exam grade equal to or higher than 90/100 will not be assigned any OFA independently of the test result that they must take in any case. In case of negative outcome, they are strongly recommended to participate in preparatory courses.

Students who enroll without having taken any admission tests at this or another Department of Engineering or did not submit any test certifications will be automatically assigned all the OFA.

It is however possible to submit a request for the recognition of tests taken for carrying out the OFA also after having enrolled in a course. The student will not receive any recognition without express request.

Students who were assigned an OFA cannot take any exams of the corresponding subject.
Particularly Mathematical Analysis 1, Mathematical Analysis and Geometry and Geometry and Linear Algebra for the OFA in Mathematics;
Module of Physics 1, 2 and module of Medical Physics of the Integrated course in General Physics for the OFA in Physics;
Chemistry and Chemistry and Fundamentals of Biochemistry for the OFA in Chemistry; 

 

Students who were assigned OFA will be offered preparatory courses structured as follows:

4 hours for Chemistry

20 hours for Physics

28 hours for Mathematics

The courses will be held in September before the lessons’ start date indicated in the Academic Calendar.

During the last week of November 2019 at the campus of Engineering in Dalmine a further TOLC-I test will be held; in case of positive result this test allows the fulfillment of the OFA following an express request of the concerned student to be delivered to the Students Office.

Preparatory courses are also repeated at the end of the first term, before the winter exam session.

All students may attend these courses, though attendance is mandatory for those who were assigned and have not yet fulfilled the corresponding OFA.

During preparatory courses, the students’ attendance (at least 75% of the course) will be checked and the learning of the concepts explained will also be ascertained. At the end of the course the OFA will be considered fulfilled through a certification of the student’s fruitful participation issued by the teacher.

 

In case students with OFA to fulfill do not attend at least 75% of the course’s hours and/or do not show to have adequately learned the course’s content, the OFA will not be considered fulfilled.

 

To allow the passing of OFA courses for those who have not fulfilled them within the two periods specified above, an exam for each subject will be held before the Winter exam session and before the Summer one (please check the dates in the specific page on the website).

 

The OFA must be fulfilled within 30 September 2020. In case the student fails to fulfill all the OFA, he will have to enroll again in the first year.

 

 

TVI Department of Letters, Philosophy, Communication

TVI Literature

The initial knowledge required for enrolling in the first year will be assessed through a mandatory Initial Evaluation Test (TVI) to be done online; the test varies depending on the curriculum selected:

  • literary
  • fashion, art, design and visual culture

Please go to the test with matriculation number, personal password and ID card

An upper secondary school diploma or similar qualification obtained abroad and recognized in Italy is an essential access requirement.

Level of knowledge required for accessing the course
A good knowledge of Italian is required as well as a basic knowledge of Italian literature, history, history of art and general knowledge, so as to allow the understanding of the subject’s specific language and the development of the necessary logical-reasoning skills to interpret university level texts.

The Initial Evaluation Test (TVI) is an online test structured in two parts.

  • For the literary curriculum:

language and logical-deductive skills (in Italian language) with a comprehension exercise (multiple-choice test) and a cloze-test (completing a text by filling the gaps with the correct text connectors)

Italian literature and history (multiple-choice test)

  • For the fashion, art, design and visual culture curriculum:

language and logical-deductive skills (in Italian language) with a comprehension exercise (multiple-choice test) and a cloze-test (completing a text by filling the gaps with the correct text connectors)

Italian literature and history of art (multiple-choice test and matching of artists and artistic movements)

identification of artworks and their matching to artists and artistic movements

Please note:

The TVI will last approximately 60 minutes.
Students are automatically enrolled in TVI at the time of their enrollment, once they pay the first university fee.
Students with late enrollment in the Literature degree course (overdue enrollment after evaluation of previous career) will attend the January session of the TVI.
Students who do not take the January test will be automatically assigned OFA in all the various subject areas.

 

TVI Philosophy

The initial knowledge required for enrolling in the first year will be assessed through a mandatory Initial Evaluation Test (TVI) to be done online; the test is structured in two parts, one aimed at assessing the language and logical-deductive skills in Italian language and the other for general knowledge, aimed at evaluating the student’s level of knowledge of philosophy and history.

Please note

  • The TVI will last approximately 60 minutes; students will have to finalize their enrollment before taking the TVI.
  • Students are automatically enrolled in TVI at the time of their enrollment, once they pay the first university fee.
  • Students with late enrollment in the Philosophy degree course will attend the January session of the TVI.
  • Students who do not take the January test will be automatically assigned OFA in all the various test’s subject areas.

 

TVI Communication Sciences

 

To be admitted to the Degree course in Communication Sciences a level of knowledge of English not lower than B1 is required; 

  • for Italian, students must show advanced language-communication skills, expressed through the ability of written comprehension, summary and appropriate writing of texts in the various disciplines studied during the university career; 
  • for students whose mother tongue is not Italian the level of knowledge to be assessed will be the one required by the University for the various basic skills.

All students must take the TVI in English and Italian, even in case they have a certification recognized by the Department.

No prior booking is required for tests held in September and January: the enrollment in the test will be done automatically based on the enrollment applications (the shifts for taking the test will be published accordingly);

September tests are only accessible to students who finalized their online enrollment procedure within the due date (September 6th 2019);

January tests are only accessible to students who submitted a late enrollment application (after the evaluation of their previous career).

 

To take the TVI students must have finalized their enrollment in the selected degree course by paying the regional MAV and the stamp duty paid using the virtual system within the set deadline

 

please take with you:

  • ID card 

  • matriculation number and personal password

  • receipt of the first payment required for the enrollment 

for tests held after January 2020 students must book exam sessions using the online booking system.

Please note that for the Italian TVI foreign students may bring a bilingual or monolingual dictionary and will be granted more time (90 minutes) for taking the test.

Students with disability and/or SLD must submit a copy of their disability and/or SLD certificate to the Services for Learning Disabilities and Special Needs (Via dei Caniana, 2 Bergamo) with a formal document specifying the request for special assistance not later than 15 days before the test date. 

Requests submitted after such date might not be fulfilled.

 
TVI Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures

To be admitted to the Degree course in Modern Languages and Literatures students are required:

to have a level of knowledge of the foreign language (to be chosen between French, English, Spanish or German) not lower than A2;

For Italian, students must show advanced language-communication skills, expressed through the ability of written comprehension, summary and appropriate writing of texts in the various disciplines studied during the university career;

for students whose mother tongue is not Italian the level of knowledge to be assessed will be the one required by the University for the various basic skills.

All students must take two initial evaluation tests (TVI) in one foreign language (to be chosen between French, English, Spanish and German) and in Italian, even in case they have a certification recognized by the Department.

To take the test students must:

  • have finalized their enrollment in the selected degree course

  • book online their 2 tests – please note that the TVI for Italian language is mandatory for all the enrolled students; therefore, students will be automatically enrolled in the test by the system.

Please note that for the online booking students must be enrolled and have an active email @studenti.unibg.it account (university email accounts will be activated 24 hours after the payment of the enrollment fee).

Please take with you

  • ID card 

  • matriculation number and personal password

  • receipt of the first payment required for the enrollment

for the following tests, students must book exam sessions using the online booking system.

For the Italian TVI students with a foreign diploma may bring a bilingual or monolingual dictionary and will be granted more time (90 minutes) for taking the test.

Students with certified disability or SLD who intend to request equivalent tests or additional time must contact the competent office at least 15 days before the TVI. 

 

 
TVI Department of Human and Social Sciences

To be admitted to Scienze Psicologiche students must have an upper secondary school diploma or an equivalent foreign qualification recognized by our educational system. Students enrolling in our university are required to achieve the learning objectives set in the student profile at the end of the upper secondary school career.

The Initial Evaluation Test consists in a multiple-choice test structured in five sections. The first aims at assessing general knowledge while the second at evaluating the student’s language skills; the test also includes three reading comprehension sections.

Students who fail the test will be assigned Additional Compulsory Training (OFA) of general knowledge and/or language skills. These OFA will have to be fulfilled within the first year, with the support of the OFA courses organized by the selected degree course and advertised on this website.  In case students do not fulfill the OFA within the set deadline they will have to enroll again in the first year also the following academic year.

How to get ready for the Test

Since the TVI on general knowledge and language skills assess the achievement of the learning objectives set in the student profile at the end of the upper secondary school career, some good upper secondary school history and geography books and a good grammar book are useful tools to prepare for the test.