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 detection of 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


The registration phase for the test dates in 2019 has started on 8 January. Early registration is recommended so that you will be able to take the test at your preferred location and time.

The registration phase for the test date on 29 June 2019 ends on 11 June!

Dates, deadlines and test locations are stated here.

As of the winter semester 2019/2020 the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences is considerin the results of the TM-BASE for its Masters' Programme Accounting and Finance (M.Sc.).

Important: If you want to apply for this programme you need to take the TM-BASE in English.

The prognostic power of TM-BASE has been proven in a scientific study with 247 master’s graduates. The test result predicts the final grade very well: The correlation between the test result and the final grade is r = .44.

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