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Procedure descriptions

Taking orientation test for future students in Baden-Württemberg

Do you wish to study in Baden-Württemberg? The online orientation test (OT) in the portal “” supports you when choosing a course of study.

The orientation test in Baden-Württemberg includes the study options, which lead to a first degree of the

  • Universities
  • Teacher training colleges
  • Universities of applied sciences
  • Art and music universities and the
  • Baden-Württemberg Co-operative State University

The test is carried out anonymously. Only you are able to view the evaluation of your answers. Once you have completed the test, you will receive a certificate of participation . The test results, such as profile of interests, course recommendations are not documented here.

You need to submit your certificate of participation in an orientation process when applying for a course of study in Baden-Württemberg. All universities in Baden-Württemberg recognise the orientation test.

There are also other options in the orientation process. Check the processes that you can choose from with the respective university or on their website. The aptitude tests are voluntary, but are strongly recommended as you obtain further information about choosing the right field of study.

The arrangement applies to all undergraduate courses in universities, universities of applied sciences and teacher training colleges.

There are mandatory teacher tests for all teacher training courses specifically tailored to the requirements of the teaching profession.

Responsible department

Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst



You wish to study in Baden-Württemberg.


To do the online test, you have to start it on the "What shall I study?" portal (

You receive recommendations for suitable professions and associated fields of study after the interest test. The aptitude tests give you further information about your strengths and weaknesses in relation to the appropriate courses of study.

You can print out the certificate of participation once you have carried out the test of interest.

When you first start the test, you will receive a transaction umber (TAN) that you should note down. You can interrupt the test at any time and continue it at another time by entering the TAN. You can repeat the test several times.


Participation, evaluation and confirmation of the test are free of charge.

Processing time

The interest test takes approx. 15 minutes. The aptitude tests take approx. 90 minutes.

Release note

The German original version of this text was drafted in close cooperation with the relevant departments. The Wissenschaftsministerium released it on 26.04.2018. Only the German text is legally binding. The Federal State does not assume any liability for the translated texts.
In cases of doubt or if you have any questions or problems, please contact the relevant authorities directly.


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