Test-based admission in quota 2 and for the Credit transfer programme for AP graduates

Test-based admission in quota 2

The test based admission comprises an uniTEST as entrance examination and for most study programmes a subject specific test afterwards, where your study competencies will be tested. In the uniTEST, you will be tested for academic ability within a series of different areas, e.g. the ability to think critically and quantitative and linguistic understanding. The subject specific tests will bring your knowledge, your personal skills and your motivation for your choice of study into play.

The aptitude test (uniTEST)

When applying for admission with a foreign qualifying examination in quota 2, you can expect that you have to attend an aptitude test (uniTEST).

The aptitude test will not test your knowledge within specific subject areas. The necessary knowledge to answer al questions rationally will be apparent of the questions of the test and you are not able to prepare for it.

The test covers around 90 questions and lasts for 2,5 hours.

The test must be conducted in either Danish or English of your own choice. You are allowed to bring along a bilingual dictionary. The dictionary of Contemporary Danish, the dictionary of foreign Words and a calculator are NOT allowed.

All applicants  will be called up for the aptitude test no matter if they fulfill the entry requirements or not.  The test result is solely valid as long as you fulfill the entry requirements (or if you are able to fulfill the requirements via completion). Have you applied for several programmes at SDU, you only have to attend the uniTEST once.

In case of questions, you are welcome to contact us via admission@sdu.dk.



The  aptitude test contains various types of questions:
The test consists of questions within the following areas:

Ability of critical reasoning
This section of the test covers the ability to analyse, argument and to make decisions on the basis of the information that the questions provide. Critical reasoning is relevant within all areas of the university.

Ability of quantitative reasoning
This section of the test covers the ability to solve problems and to deal with the given information of the questions that contain comprehensible quantitative statements like numbers, spreadsheets, texts and graphs.

Ability of verbal reasoning
This section of the test covers the ability to understand the meaning of a text and to assess the social and cultural context that the text indicates.

Check out the example of the questions
Example of questions (opens as pdf-fil).

Subject specific test

Most study programmes require your attendance in a subject specific test. These will bring your knowledge, your personal skills and your motivation for your choice of study into play.

More detailed information about the content of the subject specific test can be found under the entry requirements of each programme.

Test dates and registration


The aptitude test is held on 18 and 19 April 2020 (the aptitude test takes place on one day only)

Subject specific tests

Depending on the programme you have applied for, you must attend one or several subject specific tests. Those test will be held between 18 April and mid-June 2020.

IMPORTANT: You must remember the following to steps regarding the uniTEST attendance:

  1. You must upload an application for admission on www.optagelse.dk before deadline, 15 March, noon. The system opens on 1 February.
  2. After SDU has received your application from optagelse.dk, you receive a confirmation mail with further information about the registration for the uniTEST on 18 and 19 April. To attend the aptitude test. You will as well receive information about possible subject specific tests you might have to attend.


Are you residing in Denmark when the test takes place, you have to show up at the allotted SDU campus to conduct the test. 

Are you residing outside Denmark, is it possible to take the test online via remote proctoring.

Special test conditions for applicants with certain needs

Are you dyslexic or have a physical / psychological impairment and require special test conditions during the uniTEST, you will need to do the following 2 things:

  1. You must fill out an application via www.optagelse.dk
  2. Once the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) has received your application for admission from Optagelse.dk we will earliest from February 15 send a confirmation mail with information regarding test registration for the uniTEST on 18 and 19 April .

We would appreciate a notification from you if you require special test conditions during the uniTEST. You can upload relevant documentation for your dyslexia or your physical /psychological impairment together with a personal explanation outlining your needs directly to your application on www.optagelse.dk.

Test participation under special test conditions means that you will as a minimum receive 25% additional time to complete the written tests with, and in the case of dyslexia it will be permitted to use an IT rucksack or similar computer programmes for dyslexia.

SDU accepts the aids offered by the SPS system (personal support in the form of a mentor or student support person is excluded from this).

Please note that this decision for special test conditions only concerns the admissions process / uniTEST and the subject specific tests.

Note: If you are offered a study place at SDU you should make an application to the SPS unit with a view to apply for aids, support hours etc. regarding your studies. This should be done before commencement of study as there can be a longer casework time concerning.

Attendance from abroad

Are you residing or staying abroad during the uniTEST weekend?

If you are participating in the uniTEST and programme specific test, then you will be able to participate via our remote proctoring system.

If you are participating in an interview, in most cases, you will be able to attend the interview via a skype connection. There are, however, a few exceptions from this. A few programmes require you showing up at one of our campusses.

Find more detalied information about the test cycles of all programmes  on each programme's site under the section entry requirements.


In case of questions to the test based admission, you are welcome to contact us by phone +45 6550 1102 or mail admission@sdu.dk. 

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