Non-selective test

Assessment test for students with a school-leaving certificate mark of less than 70/100 (or 42/60)

New students who have obtained an upper secondary school diploma with a mark of less than 70/100 (or 42/60) are subject to a preliminary examination of their preparation, subject to the exceptions provided for. In the event of failure to pass the prescribed tests or failure to fulfil the additional educaional obligations (OFA) within the first year of the course, the student may not take any examinations.
The requirements and procedures for admission to the single-cycle degree course in Law are set out in Articles 3 and 4 of the Course Regulations.
The assessment test has a non-selective character, but is compulsory. There is no ranking; the test can be either 'passed' or 'failed'.

Exempt students

The following are exempt from the non-selective entrance knowledge test

  • those enrolled for transfer, those who have transferred from other Courses, those enrolled for renunciation or forfeiture, who have taken at least two exams in their Course of origin;
  • graduates from another Degree Course;
  • enrolled students with a high school graduation mark of less than 70/100, who can prove that they have participated in the PCTO ('Percorsi per le competenze trasversali e per l'orientamento') - formerly Alternanza Scuola Lavoro -, organised by the Parma Law Course at High Schools starting from the 2019/2020 academic year, and have passed the relative final exam.

Method of conduct

The assessment test consists of:
(a) reading and comprehension of a text in Italian;
(b) production of a short summary/paraphrase of the same;
(c) answering questions (open and multiple-choice) relating to the same text.

The test aims to ascertain that the student presents logical and reasoning skills, and the ability to understand, interpret and rework texts and documents in Italian.
The written test is held before a committee of three lecturers, appointed by the Degree Course Council, in September. A second similar written test, intended for students who did not participate in the first one, takes place in October.


In the a.y. 2023/2024, the tests are held in written form on the following dates:

  • 15 September 2023, h 10.00, aula E, via Università 12
  • 27 October 2023, h 10.00, aula E, via Università 12

The result of the test will be communicated by the Commission to the student at the end of the test and to the Student registry office. In the event of any logical or lexical deficiencies demonstrated by the student in the test, the Commission takes care to point them out, explain them and give reasons for them to the student.

    Trial registration

    Students with a high school graduation mark of less than 70/100 (or 42/60) and who must take the non-selective entrance test, in order to participate in the test on one of the two dates indicated above, must register by filling in the FORM

    Additional Educational Obligations (OFA)

    Students who are duly enrolled and who fail to pass the assessment test on one of the dates indicated, or who do not show up, will be notified by the Commission of additional educational obligations (OFA).
    In particular, before the winter examination session, an eight-hour preparatory course will be organised, held by lecturers, department tutors and possible external experts.
    The aim of the course is to enable the student to familiarise himself/herself with certain methods of approaching the comprehension of a specialised text, using techniques appropriate to the disciplines covered in the course, with particular reference to strategies for summarising a text, the use of mind and/or concept maps to facilitate synthesis work, and the use of specialised vocabularies with regard to the correct acquisition of key words and principles.
    The dates of the preparatory course will be indicated on this page.
    The additional educational obligations are deemed to have been fulfilled if the student has attended the preparatory course and answered correctly at least half of the multiple-choice questions of the relevant final aptitude test administered online.
    Those who did not take the test or did not pass it, or did not pass the final aptitude test relating to the aforementioned propaedeutic course, or did not attend the propaedeutic course, must view the didactic material of the propaedeutic course, which will be published on the Elly platform, and then take the relevant final aptitude test, administered online, until they pass it. If you pass the test, you will be reported to the Student registry office. The successful registration will enable regular admission to the first-year examinations and the corresponding registration.

    Propaedeutic courses

    The propaedeutic courses held in the a.y. 2022/2023 were:

    ⇒ Seminar: "How to learn law" - Lawyer Matteo Boselli

    ⇒ Workshop for the development of soft skills - Prof. Maria Santa Ferretti