FH Upper AustriaUniversity of Applied Sciences

Potential Test Bachelor's Degree Programme


The aim of the general test is to assess the potential of applicants for university study and thus support an individual optimal choice of study. The test consists of several modules of a very general nature (see below). The potential test is done anonymously and takes about 3 hours (incl. breaks).


Participation in the potential test does not require any specialized knowledge above the general school leaving examination level. A specific preparation for this test is therefore neither advisable nor possible. Please bring only a photo ID and a pen or felt-tip pen (black or blue).

Test Dates

The potential tests are held on fixed dates which are each assigned after receipt of the written application. A personal, written invitation will be sent out.

Test Modules

The potential test consists of 5 modules:

Quantitative Problem Solving

The module "Quantitative problem solving" consists of elementary mathematical problems that affect mostly well-known economic, technical or social processes. The tasks examine logical thinking skills in the area of numeracy, the competence in dealing with the basic rules of arithmetic and algebra as well as the ability to transmit verbally the facts represented in mathematical equations.

Series of Figures

The module "figures series" demands the recognition of regularities in the construction of figural material. Based on known rules the row of figures is checked and the factor that contradicts the rule is marked. Thus, the task represents a key requirement of different fields of study: to recognise structures which at first sight appear disorderly and the application or transfer of the recognised rules to new situations. The aim of the test module is the assessment of capacity for logical-analytical thinking skills in a largely language-independent form.

Word Analogies

In the module "word analogies", relations between two terms shall be collected and transferred to other pairs of concepts. Above all, the task requires the ability to identify logical structures in the verbal field.

Diagrams and Tables

In the module "Diagrams and tables" graphs and tabulated information from various economic, social and technical fields are to be analysed and interpreted. It is important to check a series of statements to determine whether they match the information presented or not. The task therefore requires the ability to concretise abstract information and to transmit specific information in an abstract representation.


In the sub-test "reasoning" the focus is on logical thinking and abstraction capacity. The aim is to check two propositions to determine whether they can be logically derived from a given statement. It also depends on the ability to be self-critical of everyday knowledge and to resist what appear, at first sight, to be plausible conclusions.