1. What is a personal aptitude test test?
It is a personal aptitude test that is compulsory in order to access Pre-Primary and Primary education degrees in all universities within the Catalan university system
2. What does it involve this year?
The personal aptitude test test consists of carrying out two examinations which evaluate:
- Communicative competences and critical reasoning
- Logical and mathematical competences
3. Why do I need to pass the personal aptitude test to be a teacher?
Is my vocation not enough? Your vocation is essential because you will become an example to follow in terms of attitudes and values, and you will educate and teach people who will become members of the society of tomorrow. You should take a personal aptitude test to assess whether you have the competences required to become a teacher.
4. As well as the personal aptitude test, do I need to pass a Catalan and Spanish test during the PAU (Spanish National University Entrance Examinations)?
In order to access Pre-Primary and Primary education degrees you must pass the PAU exams (Spanish National University Entrance Examinations), independently of the marks you have obtained in Catalan and Spanish, and also pass the personal aptitude test.
5. Will the personal aptitude test that comes into force in 2017 substitute the one that came into force in 2014?
Yes, these new tests now replace the current personal aptitude tests that have been in force since the 2014-2015 academic year.
6. When should I take the personal aptitude test?
There are two sittings: in June (ordinary sitting) and in July (extraordinary sitting). For the June sitting, the test will be held on the morning of Saturday 16 June. The date of the July test will be on Friday 20th.
7. How is the personal aptitude test marked?
The final mark for your personal aptitude test will be a Pass or a Fail. The personal aptitude test is considered to be a pass when the final mark is equal to or above five out of ten. This final mark will be obtained from the average for the two tests. In order to achieve an average each of the exams must have a mark that is equal to or above four out of ten. Once you pass, the personal aptitude test will be valid indefinitely.
8. Who needs to sit the personal aptitude tests?
- Spanish baccalaureate pupils.
- Students taking a Higher Level Vocational Training course.
- Students coming from all foreign education systems.
- Students who access the university via the over 25s or over 40s or 45s route.
- Students who, once they have sat the Spanish national PAU tests or taken the access routes for over 25s or over 40s or 45s before 2017, do not meet the conditions for the personal aptitude test set out for pre-enrolment for 2014, 2015 and 2016.
- Students from education systems from outside Catalonia will be given a copy of the exam in Spanish and will be able to respond in Spanish.
9. Who is exempt from taking the personal aptitude tests?
- Students who, once they have sat the Spanish national PAU tests or the access routes for over 25s or over 45s before 2017, meet the conditions for the personal aptitude test set out for pre-enrolment 2014, 2015 and 2016.
- Students who took and passed the personal aptitude test in 2014, 2015 or 2016.
- University degree holders or equivalent.
10. If I fail the personal aptitude test in June will I be able to take it again in September?
Yes, just as up until now, you can apply as many times as you like (June and July each year). You must take into account that if you fail the personal aptitude test in June and pass in July, you will not have a place reserved for the studies you have selected for the call for pre-enrolment in June. However, if you take an entrance examination at UIC Barcelona that will mean you have formally reserved a place at the Faculty of Education.
11. If I pass one of the two exams in June will you save my mark for the September call?
You will only know if you have passed or failed, the results will not be published separately. If your result is a fail, you will need to sit both tests at the next sitting.
12. If I’m taking a humanities Spanish baccalaureate will I be exempt from sitting the logical-mathematical test?
No students are exempt from taking this test (unless they already passed it in a previous sitting). In any case, students must study for these tests independently. At UIC Barcelona Faculty of Education we can help you to prepare for your tests.
13. Is the bachelor’s degree in education the only degree programme that requires you to pass the personal aptitude?
The personal aptitude tests are also required for other studies such as Physical Education and Sports Sciences, Translation and Interpreting, Film and Audiovisual Studies, becoming a pilot, etc. Each university degree has specific personal aptitude tests.
14. When does enrolment open and how do I enrol?
- June call: from 24 May to 6 June
- July call: from 12 July to 16 July
You can enrol for the personal aptitude tests via Accesnet (https://accesnet.gencat.cat)
15. How do I find out about my results?
You can check your results on Accesnet.
- For the June call: from 27 June onwards.
- For the July call: from 30 July onwards.
16. Can I ask for my test results to be reviewed?
You can apply for this via the Accesnet portal: (https://accesnet.gencat.cat)
Education degree entrance exam preparation course
Price: €241 (this amount will be deducted from the cost of tuition)
Location of on-site classes: Faculty of Education UIC Barcelona (c/ Terre, 11-19 Barcelona)
Times of on-site classes:
- Monday, 6 to 9 p.m. - Logical-mathematical competences
- Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m. - Communicative competences
Dates: 4 March 2019 to 10 April 2019
Coordinating teaching staff: Xavier Oliva and Anna Canals