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Test of Design

Information refers to AY 2018/2019.

The Design test is a written test comprising 60 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

Content Details

Information refers to AY 2018/2019.


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 at follow page on Polimi web site.


How to prepare for the Design test

Information refers to AY 2018/2019.

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

Information refers to AY 2018/2019.

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.

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