There are numerous ways of using tests to select students. A number of models which have proven themselves in practice are described briefly in the following. ITB Consulting Ltd. will be happy to advise you on planning your overall selection procedure.
Model 1: The 50 / 50 Model
In addition to the bachelor grade, the TM-BASE enters into the selection decision with a weighting of 40 to 50 %. This model is used by the Universität Hamburg. The advantages of this model are simplicity, transparency and high prognostic power. It has been shown in empirical studies that the approximately equal weighting of grades and test results has the highest prognostic power.
Model 2: The Differentiated Bonus Model
In the admission decision, several differently weighted criteria are taken into consideration: in addition to bachelor grades and test results, these criteria can also include language skills, professional experience, internships, stays abroad, letters of motivation, letters of recommendation, etc. For admission to its M.Sc. Business Administration and M.Sc. Economics programmes at the University of Cologne the TM-BASE test results contribute up to 32 points, the bachelor grades up to 68 points. For admission to its Management & Entrepreneurship master’s programme, the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg uses a point system in which up to 18 points are awarded for the TM-BASE, up to 30 points for the bachelor grades, and further points for factors such as experience abroad and volunteer work. The advantages of such a model consist in being able to take “soft” criteria into consideration, and thus to accommodate the students’ wishes.
Model 3: The Quota Model
A percentage of the admissions capacity (e.g. 20 %) is awarded to the applicants with the best bachelor grades. For the remaining capacity, a ranking is formed, in which context the bachelorgrades and test results are weighted at 50 % each. Models of this kind are used, for example, for the ITB medical studies test (with a percentage of the admissions capacity awarded to the applicants with the best school-leaving grades). The advantage of this model is that persons with very high grades can be admitted to the university without taking the TM-BASE and the test is not perceived as “compulsory” to as strong a degree.
Model 4: The Simple Bonus Model
Applicants who have received high test scores receive a bonus on their bachelor grade. A range of different combinations are practicable here, e.g.: Applicants achieving a percentile rank of between 50 and 75 receive a bonus of 0.3 on their bachelor grade; for a percentile rank of 75 or higher the bonus is 0.6. At a standard score of 100 to 110, a bonus of 0.2 is added to the bachelor grade, at a standard score of 111 to 120 the bonus is 0.4, at a standard score of 121 or higher the bonus is 0.6. Models of this kind are used by a number of universities for the Test für medizinische Studiengänge and the TestAs (Test for Academic Studies). The Hochschule Neu-Ulm also uses a bonus model: at a percentile rank of 40/50/60 or higher, the bonus on the bachelor grade is 0.3/0.5/0.7 respectively. A bonus model of this kind ensures that applicants with good grades have very good chances of being accepted even if they do not take the test. Graduates of universities with rigorous grading practices can improve their chances of acceptance.
Model 5: The Cut-Off Model
The achievement of a certain score on the TM-BASE (e.g. a standard score of 100 or higher) is a compulsory requirement for admission. Cut-off models are often employed with American tests, also in Germany. A “minimum standard” is thus set, and the model ensures that all of the applicants have certain cognitive skills – two factors which are considered to be among the advantages of this model. What is more, the number of applicants – and with it the administrative expenditures – decrease.
Model 6: Using the TM-BASE to Recruit the Best Applicants
Those who exhibit a particularly good combination of bachelor grade and test score receive certain benefits (e.g. scholarships, reimbursement of the test fee, exemption from tuition fees, etc.). The consideration of test scores within the context of awarding scholarships is practiced only rarely by universities to date. Foundations, on the other hand, for example the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation), make use of ITB tests more frequently for the selection of scholarship recipients. The advantage of this model is that it encourages particularly gifted students to apply to the respective university.
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.