Benefits for students due to the TM-BASE

• equal requirements for all participants

• high relation to the field of business economics

• no need for attending expensive preparation courses

Useful Processing Techniques

Although accuracy and correctness have a higher importance for the test result than the processing speed, it will be important to ensure good management and use of the processing time. Uniform, careful and speedy working is essential for good results.

Thorough and exact reading of the exercises is a very important prerequisite for a good result; often, information that is important for the solving process can be overlooked when only skimming through the texts. Answers that seem to be reasonable at first view may prove to be incorrect (however, they can also be correct).

As the first exercises of a group of exercises usually have a lower difficulty as compared to the following exercises (exceptions: "Planning and Organising Projects" and partially also "Formalising Economic Interrelationships"), it is recommended to process the exercises in the sequence as they are stated. This will generate a certain "warm-up" effect that can be useful. However, do not spend excessive time on exercises that you consider as extremely difficult or unusual. You must not assume that your incapability of solving an exercise of a certain group of exercises automatically means that you may not solve the following exercises of the same group of exercises. In fact, the difficulty of the individual exercises is perceived differently by all persons. It is possible that someone who is incapable of solving an exercise with low difficulty will solve the following exercises without problems, although these exercises are more difficult for the majority of the other persons.

The TM-BASE is designed so that about the half of the exercises will be solved on average. This ensures that the TM-BASE enables good differentiability also in the upper and lower performance levels.

With some exercises it will be most beneficial if you initially try to find the answer by yourself and then check whether your own answer is amongst the stated answers. If you proceed the other way round, i.e. if you initially check the offered answers, then this will cause confusion because the wrong answers are partially selected in such a way so that they seem to be reasonable at first view.

If you cannot solve the exercise, then you may apply a technique of "exclusion" to identify the proposed answers that are most probably wrong. Often, decision can be made easier if only a part of the proposed answers is actually applicable.

If you are running out of time, there is still the possibility to tick the presumably correct answer after having a brief look on the statement of the exercise.

If you cannot solve an exercise or the available time is too short to allow for detailed processing of an exercise, you should tick an answer at random! There will be no negative points for wrong answers, so guessing could add some points to your final score.


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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