Test for Master's Programmes in Business Administration, Social Sciences and Economics

• objective comparison of applicants

• very good forecast on the academic success

• measurement of competences critical for success

Welcome to the TM-BASE

The TM-BASE (Test for Master’s Programmes in Business Administration, Social Sciences and Economics) is a test for detecting the abilities that are necessary for successful completion of a master’s course in economic and social sciences.

The test has an overall duration of approx. 4 hours and consists of four groups of exercises:

  • Planning and Organising Projects
  • Analysing Texts
  • Formalising Economic Interrelationships
  • Interpreting Business Charts

The TM-BASE may be taken in German or English. The TM-BASE meets the internationally recognized standards of quality: The reliability is .88, the prognostic validity is .44 (correlation between the test results and the final grades of 247 master’s graduates).

TM-BASE is the first admission test for master's programmes which is specifically tailored to the requirements of scientifically oriented master's programmes and which is highly related to the field of business economics. It increases the equality of opportunities for applicants because the requirements for all applicants are the same and trainability is very low. TM-BASE improves the prediction of study success.

Dr. Stephan Stegt, project supervisor TM-BASE

Currently, the TM-BASE is used for the following programmes:

Bachelor grades are not sufficient for the selection of students for master’s programmes
The bachelor grades of certain universities are incomparable as the requirements of the universities and their use of the grading scales are different. Thus, additional selection criteria should be applied to not disadvantage applicants from high-demanding universities or universities with strict grading practices.


Cognitive tests have numerous advantages over other selection methods
Compared to other selection methods, cognitive tests proved to be most successful; this was shown by means of several surveys in different countries. Execution and evaluation of such tests is economical; they are objective and deliver a very good forecast on the academic success. Correspondingly, they are significantly superior to other selection criteria such as interviews, letters of recommendation or letters of motivation.

The TM-BASE was developed by ITB Consulting Ltd. in close cooperation with representatives of the WISO faculty of the University of Hamburg.

More information on the development of the TM-BASE


Information for Universities Information for Participants


Test dates 2021:

The test dates and deadlines for 2021 are fixed. Unfortunately, not all planned test locations have been confirmed yet. We will publish all confirmed test locations and update the information as soon as we receive further confirmations. Therefore, please do not make any inquiries in this regard. The dates can be found here.

According to the current status, all dates will take place in test centers - naturally with hygiene concepts. If changes to the conditions of implementation become necessary, we will inform all participants already registered and affected as well as on the website.

New Website

With start of the new year we (finally) move to a new website. There you will still find all information as well as links to the registration portal and demo test. However, the structure will change, because we have merged several pages. Link and address to the new site will follow. You will be forwarded automatically.

The University of Hohenheim is considerin the results of the TM-BASE for its Masters' Programme Management.

Registering for the TM-BASE Demo test Dates & Fees