Revised Selection Process for Psychology Programs

The universities of Mannheim, Heidelberg, Tübingen and Ulm are implementing a revised selection process for the bachelor's program in psychology as of the fall semester 2020/2021. Apart from the final Abitur grade, an aptitude test can increase prospective students’ chances to receive a study place.

For medicine programs, the German Federal Constitutional Court ruled in December 2017 that a selection merely based on the final Abitur grade is unconstitutional.  The court demanded for further selection criteria apart from the Abitur grade to be implemented. Due to the decision of the court, the fundamentals of the selection process for study programs in medicine and many other selective programs, such as psychology, need to be revised. In Baden-Württemberg, a joint project was launched in order to develop new selection procedures for a number of study programs.

The new selection procedure for the bachelor's program in psychology is implemented as of 2020 in Baden-Württemberg. For the first time, aptitude tests are part of the selection procedure for psychology programs. The tests complement the current selection procedure that used to be based exclusively on the final Abitur grade.

The new procedure is a combination of an online self-assessment test (OSA-Psych) that was developed in Mannheim and Freiburg and a subject-specific aptitude test. The online self-assessment test is mandatory when applying for a place of study in a psychology program in Baden-Württemberg. The aptitude test for the fall semester 2020/2021 will be given on Saturday, May 16, 2020 in Freiburg, Heidelberg, Mannheim, Tübingen and Ulm. Registration is mandatory. Please register by 14 February 2020.

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