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What’s a TOLC?

TOLC stands for Test OnLine CISIA. It is a test to enrol in a degree course that requires an evaluation of prior knowledge before enrolment. The knowledge to be evaluated depends on the chosen degree course.

The TOLC is different for every student and is made up of questions selected from the CISIA TOLC database. All TOLCs of the same type have a similar or comparable level of difficulty. There are different types of TOLC. The full list is available here.

What is it used for?

The TOLC is used to:

  • evaluate the basic knowledge required to successfully undertake university studies
  • guide students in choosing their most suitable university path

It can also be used as a selection test for local degree courses with limited access.

Based on the result achieved in the TOLC, universities can indicate to students which additional courses to take and assign Additional Formative Requirements (OFA, Obblighi Formativi Aggiuntivi) to be addressed, or also establish prerequisites within the curricular examinations.


TOLC utility

If taken in advance of enrollment dead-line, the TOLC can be an useful orientation and self-assessment tool as it can be repeated once a calendar month and booked at any university centre.

Watch the video “TOLC utility

Where and when to take a TOLC?

Check the TOLC calendar to know:

  • available dates
  • scheduled dates for whole year


There are two formats in which the TOLC is delivered:

The TOLC can be taken at any university, even if it is different from the one in which you want to enrol.

It is important to understand whether your chosen university degree course accepts the result of a TOLC@HOME or TOLC@UNI. For this information, please refer to the University website.


Before booking the TOLC

Before booking a TOLC, carefully read the calls and notices for admission for the university degree course you are interested in (available on the university website) to verify:

  • the entrance test required (if a TOLC, check which type of TOLC);
  • the delivery format accepted: TOLC@UNI or TOLC@HOME
  • the date by which to take the test

To book a TOLC you will need to register to the CISIA student area.


For more information?

• Read the Guide for CISIA test participants
• consult the Rules TOLC
• read the FAQ
• watch video tutorials