International UAS exam, autumn 2024

NB. Information on this site is subject to change.

The International UAS Exam is a joint digital entrance exam of the Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS), used for selecting students to study programmes leading to a bachelor’s degree and conducted in English. The entrance exam is completed by the applicant’s own computer remotely online.

In the autumn joint application, 8 study programs use the International UAS Exam; please see further information on them here. Regardless of how many study programs you’re applying for, you only need to participate in the International UAS Exam once. Please read the instructions carefully as there have been changes compared to previous exams.

The International UAS Exam is organised on 7 November 2024 from 12:00 o’clock noon onwards (Finnish time, UTC/GMT+2). In the International UAS exam, the applicants’ readiness for UAS studies is assessed. The exam does not include any advance reading materials or pre-assignments.

The entrance exam is used in the following study fields:

  • Humanities and Education
  • Business Administration, Information and Communication Technology
  • Natural Resources
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Seafaring
  • Social Services, Health Care, Sports and Exercise, Beauty Care
  • Technology

Please check in Table 1 whether your targeted study programmes use the exam. If your targeted study programme does not use the International UAS Exam, please refer to Studyinfo.fi for more information on the programme and admission criteria. In that case, please check whether the programme involves a pre-assignment or a separate entrance exam requiring preparation

Language requirements

In order to be invited to the International UAS Exam and to be selected based on the International UAS Exam selection method, the applicants have to prove their English language skills either by an internationally recognized language test or previous studies. Please attach the required document to your Studyinfo application on 18 September 2024 at 15:00 Finnish time (UTC/GMT+3) at the latest.

English language skills can be proved by the following documents:
  1. English language test results:
    • IELTS Academic*: a minimum total score of 6.0 (Test sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking)
    • TOEFL Academic (iBT)*: a minimum total score of 60 (Test sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing)
    • PTE Academic*: a minimum total score of 55 (Test sections: Speaking and Writing, Reading, and Listening)
    • Cambridge English Scale Score: a minimum total score of 169 (Test sections: Reading and Use of English, Writing, Listening, and Speaking)
  2. National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI) English: Grade 4 or higher on all the subtests (speaking, listening comprehension, writing, and reading comprehension)
  3. Higher education degree completed in English in an EU/EEA country, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom, or the United States, or a doctoral thesis completed in English in any country
  4. Upper secondary degree completed in English in an EU/EEA country, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom, or the United States
  5. One of the following grades in the Finnish Matriculation Examination, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate or Reifeprüfung/DIA:
    • Finnish Matriculation Examination: English advanced syllabus with a minimum grade C
    • The whole International Baccalaureate degree completed in English
    • International Baccalaureate final examination: higher level English with a minimum grade 4
    • European Baccalaureate: at least grade 6.00 in L2-level English
    • Reifeprüfung/DIA completed diploma: at least grade 7 in advanced English
  6. Applicants graduating in autumn 2024:
    • If an applicant graduates in autumn 2024 and it is not possible to obtain a required proof of English language skills (mentioned in point five or Finnish vocational basic qualification conducted in English) during the application period, they can still be invited to the International UAS exam. The final required proof of English language skills must be submitted by 31 December at 15.00 Finnish time. The possible student selection is conditional until the certificates are verified. If the language requirement is not met, the selection will be revoked.
      The exception applies to those completing the following degrees and graduating in autumn 2024:
      • Finnish matriculation examination
      • International Baccalaureate
      • European Baccalaureate
      • Reifeprüfung/DIA
      • Finnish vocational basic qualification conducted in English
* IELTS Academic UKVI, IELTS Online, PTE Academic Online, PTE Academic UKVI and TOEFL iBT Home Edition are also accepted.

Only the tests listed above will be accepted. No exceptions will be made.

There are no expiration dates, but the language test results must be verifiable from the online verification service of the organiser until 23 October 2024. The TOEFL test cannot be verified after two years. The IELTS test cannot be verified after three years. If the test scores can no longer be verified, the test is not valid. The applicant should make sure that the test results are not too old. If the applicant is unsure and the test results are more than 2 years old, it is advised to retake the test.

Point 1 above:

  • When taking the language test, the applicant should choose the university of applied sciences that uses the International UAS Exam as the recipient of the results, if possible. The results must be at least sent to the university of applied sciences that is listed highest on the list of targeted study programmes in the application form. If possible, the test results should be sent to every university of applied sciences using the International UAS Exam where the applicant has applied to. The applicant must also attach a scanned/electric copy of the test result to the application for verification purposes, and notify their unique identifier.

Point 2 above:

  • If applying with the National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI), the unique identifier is not necessary. However, the applicant must attach a scanned/electric copy of the test result to the application for verification purposes.

Points 3-4 above:

  • The applicant must attach a certificate of their previous degrees. The applicant must also attach a document that shows the language of the degree and the country of studies.
  • The degree/programme must be taught and assessed entirely in English. The language of instruction must be clearly indicated on the educational documents.
  • If the applicant’s degree includes courses or diploma-level qualifications that have been completed outside of the specified countries/area, or courses conducted in a language other than English, the degree might not meet the requirement.
  • If the applicant has completed a doctoral thesis in English, they need to attach the evaluation of the thesis.

Point 5 above:

  • The applicant must attach a certificate of their grades.

Point 6 above:

  • The applicant must attach a certificate to prove they are studying for one of the mentioned degrees or about to graduate during the autumn season from one of the mentioned degrees.

Identification documents

The applicant needs a valid, acceptable identification document to be able to participate in the International UAS Exam. The following documents are accepted as proof of identity:  

  • A passport. The passport can be either biometric or non-biometric.
  • If you do not have a passport but you have a biometric identity card from an EU/EEA country, it is accepted as proof of identity
    • Note: The EU/EEA identity card must have a biometric symbol, as shown below.

No other forms of identification documents are accepted. For example, residence permit cards or non-biometric EU/EEA identity cards will not be accepted.

You must be identifiable from the photo on your passport or identity card. Note this especially if it has been a long time since the passport or identity card was issued.

The passport/identity card has to be valid until 23 October 2024.

In the biometric EU/EEA identity card, there is a symbol indicating biometric features. The symbol is located on either the front or back side of the biometric identity card.

Example of the symbol, the colour of which may vary between in different EU/EEA countries' identity cards.

For the identification process, you have to submit the following information on the Studyinfo application form:

  • A copy of an acceptable passport or biometric EU/EEA identity card during the application period or by 18 September 2024 at 15:00 Finnish time (UTC/GMT+3) at the latest.
    • If you are using an EU/EEA identity card, you must attach a copy of both sides of the identity card to your application form.
  • During the application period: The number of the passport or biometric EU/EEA identity card you have attached to the application form.
    • Ensure that the passport or identity card number is written correctly. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the correct passport or identity card number.
    • If the passport or identity card number contains letters, write them in uppercase.
    • See below for detailed instructions on how to find the passport or identity card number on the document.

If the information you submit is incorrect or you do not submit this information to the application by the given time limit, you cannot participate in the International UAS exam and thus not proceed in the International UAS Exam selection process.

The passport number may be located in different fields on different national passports. The passport number is typically located in the field labeled "Passport number" or "Document number", but it can also be located in other fields. You can verify the correct passport number from the machine-readable zone (MRZ) on the passport data page. The passport number is located at the beginning of the second line of the MRZ, starting from character 1, see the picture below.



The biometric EU/EEA identity card number may be located in different fields on different national identity cards. The biometric EU/EEA identity card number is typically located in the field labeled "Document number" or "Card number", but it can also be located in other fields. You can verify the correct identity card number from the machine-readable zone (MRZ) on the reverse side of the identity card. The identity card number is located on the first line of the MRZ, starting from the 6th character, see the picture below.

Exam sections, duration and scoring

The entrance exam is conducted in the English language. The exam sections and duration of the exam are determined on the basis of the study programmes you apply for. You complete at one time all the exam sections that are included to the study programmes you apply for. The entrance exam includes both common exam sections to all study programmes and field-specific exam sections. The exam sections for each study field are presented in Chart 1. A total score of the exam is the sum score of the exam sections included to your study programme. In order to be selected, you must pass all the exam sections (i.e. reach the minimum pass score per section).sep

A specific response time has been allocated for each exam section. When the section-specific time is up, the section will close. If you don’t finish the section, its latest version will be saved as your answer. You can complete the sections in any order. However, please note that once a section is opened, it needs to be completed, and you cannot return to the section later. In addition to the section-specific times, there is 15 minutes for transitions between sections in the exam. 

Common exam sections to all study programmes:

  • Reasoning skills (25 minutes): You have to complete this exam section regardless of the programme you apply for. The section assesses your logical reasoning and problem-solving skills. The maximum score in this section is 20 and the minimum pass score is 1. Penalty scores (wrong answers produce minus points) are used in this section. You can also leave a question unanswered. Please have a look at the reasoning skills example questions.
  • English language skills (20 minutes): You have to complete this exam section regardless of the programme you apply for. The section assesses your skills in reading and interpreting texts, such as understanding the relation between different parts of the text, mastering vocabulary and linguistic reasoning. The maximum score in this section is 20 and the minimum pass score is 3. Penalty scores (wrong answers produce minus points) are used in this section. You can also leave a question unanswered. Please have a look at the English language skills example questions.

Field-specific exam sections:

  • Mathematical skills (25 minutes): This exam section is required for the fields of Technology, Business Administration and BIT, Natural Resources, Tourism and Hospitality, Seafaring, Social Services, Health Care, Sports and Exercise and Beauty Care. The contents of the section are the same for all the above-mentioned fields. In this section, your basic mathematical skills are assessed. The focus is on basic calculations, calculating percentages, first-degree equations, geometry, mathematical-logical reasoning and interpreting tables, graphs and diagrams. In this section, you are allowed to use the function calculator of the examination system. The maximum score in this section is 20 and the minimum pass score is 1. Penalty scores (wrong answers produce minus points) are used in this section. You can also leave a question unanswered. Please have a look at the mathematical skills example questions.

    Calculator’s functions in the exam system:

    • addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems
    • brackets
    • square of two and square root
    • power of ten and general power function
    • trigonometric functions (angle values in degrees)
    • natural logarithm (ln) and base-ten logarithm (log)
    • constant numbers π and e
    • storing the most recent return value in ANS variable
    • storing values of expressions in Min and recalling values in Mout.
    The calculations can also be partially input using the keyboard.

    Example: Entering expressions into calculator



  • Advanced mathematical skills (30 minutes): This exam section is required for the field of Technology. The section assesses your abilities in mathematics and physics. Your mathematical skills are assessed by questions related to reducing rational expressions, solving equations, level geometry and trigonometry (e.g. right-angled triangle). Your physics skills are assessed by questions related to basic knowledge in physical phenomena and calculation formulas, your ability to calculate and reason on the basis of basic physical knowledge and given models, and your ability to interpret charts, graphs and diagrams. In this section, you are allowed to use the function calculator of the examination system. The maximum score in this section is 20 and the minimum pass score is 1. Penalty scores (wrong answers produce minus points) are used in this section. You can also leave a question unanswered. Please have a look at the advanced mathematical skills example questions.

    Calculator’s functions in the exam system:

    • addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems
    • brackets
    • square of two and square root
    • power of ten and general power function
    • trigonometric functions (angle values in degrees)
    • natural logarithm (ln) and base-ten logarithm (log)
    • constant numbers π and e
    • storing the most recent return value in ANS variable
    • storing values of expressions in Min and recalling values in Mout.
    The calculations can also be partially input using the keyboard.

    Example: Entering expressions into calculator



  • Ethical skills (10 minutes): This exam section is required for the fields of Social Services, Health Care, Sports and Exercise, Beauty Care, and Humanities and Education. The contents of the section are the same for all the above-mentioned fields. In this section, your skills in recognising the ethical nature of statements are assessed. The maximum score in this section is 20 and the minimum pass score is 1. Penalty scores (wrong answers produce minus points) are used in this section. You can also leave a question unanswered. Please have a look at the ethical skills example questions.
  • Emotional intelligence skills (10 minutes): This exam section is required for the fields of Social Services, Health Care, Sports and Exercise, Beauty Care, and Humanities and Education. The contents of the section are the same for all the above-mentioned fields. In this section, your capabilities in emotional intelligence skills, such as recognizing and controlling emotions, are assessed. The maximum score in this section is 20 and the minimum pass score is 1. Penalty scores (wrong answers produce minus points) are used in this section. You can also leave a question unanswered. Please have a look at the emotional intelligence skills example questions.

Chart 1. Exam sections.

Identification

You have to identify yourself to be able to participate in the International UAS exam and proceed in the International UAS Exam selection process.

The identification process consists of two phases:

  1. Pre-identification (before the exam)
    Before the exam, you have to conduct the pre-identification in the Candour ID mobile application within an indicated time limit. You will receive an invitation to the pre-identification to the email address provided on your application form on 21 October 2024. The link in the invitation directs you to the https://login.uasexam.fi/ page, where you can proceed with the pre-identification. When logging in, please submit the same passport/identity card number and the PIN code as provided in your Studyinfo application. Only those applicants who have submitted an acceptable proof of English language skills and an approved identification document through the Studyinfo application form by the deadline will be invited to the pre-identification.

    Pre-identification has to be completed on 23 October 2024 at 15:00 Finnish time (UTC/GMT+3) at the latest. The email will be sent only once so please make sure that you have space in your inbox. If necessary, also check your spam and other folders.

    If you can’t find the invitation to the pre-identification in your email, you can proceed with the pre-identification via the following link: https://login.uasexam.fi/. When logging in, please submit the same passport/identity card number and the PIN code as provided in your Studyinfo application.

    If you don’t remember your PIN code, please check it from your own application. After you submitted your joint application form in the Studyinfo service, you received a confirmation email to the email address you gave in your application. The confirmation email has a link to your own application.

  2. Identification on the exam day
    Those applicants who have successfully conducted pre-identification will be invited to the exam. On the exam day, you have to identify yourself again while logging in to the exam. This means that you will first proceed to the Candour’s service to take a selfie with your computer’s camera.

You need the following for the pre-identification:

  • Passport or biometric EU/EEA identity card. The passport/identity card has to be valid until 23 October 2024. You must use the same identification document that you have attached to your application form and whose number you have provided on the application form.
  • A mobile phone on which you can download the Candour ID mobile application.
  • Candour ID mobile application (available in App Store or Google Play). Make sure you have the latest version of the application installed.

Completing the pre-identification on 21-23 October 2024

The pre-identification has to be completed on 23 October 2024 at 15:00 Finnish time (UTC/GMT+3) at the latest. If you do not complete the pre-identification within the given timetable or the pre-identification fails, you cannot be invited to the exam, and you cannot proceed in the International UAS Exam selection process. The detailed information on how to complete the pre-identification will be updated in autumn 2024.

Monitoring

Your activities during the exam are monitored in the exam system by the SMOWL proctoring software. The SMOWL proctoring software stores webcam images, screenshots and sound. Monitoring ensures that the applicant completes the exam independently, without the help of anybody or anything else. During the exam, you must use only the exam system.

As a change from before, you need to download the SMOWL CM in order to take the exam.

The detailed information on monitoring will be updated in autumn 2024.

Privacy policy

During the pre-identification process, Candour forwards the facial image of the applicant read from the chip of the applicant’s passport or identity card to Vallu entrance examination service. In the identity verification in the beginning of the entrance exam, the selfie taken by the applicant is compared to the facial image stored during the pre-identification process. The purpose of identification is to verify the applicant’s identity. The data collected during the entrance exam will be stored only for the necessary time period after the entrance exam. Collecting and storing data is compatible with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The servers are located in the European Union.

Vallu entrance examination service forwards the facial image of the applicant read from the applicant’s passport or identity card to SMOWLtech via a technical interface. When signing in to SMOWL, the applicant takes a selfie which is compared to the facial image forwarded by Vallu entrance examination service.

SMOWL proctoring software stores webcam images, screenshots and sound only during the entrance exam. The purpose of monitoring is to ensure that the applicant completes the exam independently, without the help of anybody or anything. Monitoring is conducted automatically during the exam to secure legal protection and parity of applicants. The applicant may refuse monitoring or interrupt it. Refusing or interrupting monitoring means that the applicant may not be selected by the International UAS Exam selection method. After the exam, the applicants’ monitoring data is reviewed by Vallu entrance examination service operators and, based on this review, applicants may be dismissed if they have acted contrary to the given instructions. The data stored during the entrance exam will be stored only for the necessary time period after the entrance exam. Collecting and storing data is compatible with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The servers are located in the European Union.

Hardware and network requirements

The International UAS exam is a digital exam, completed by the applicant’s own computer. The exam has been designed to be completed by computer so you cannot complete the exam by your mobile phone or tablet.

Please ensure that, on the day of the exam, you have access to a computer that meets the requirements and has a reliable internet connection. We recommend the use of a fixed broadband connection. The applicant is responsible for the functionality of the internet connection and the computer, including its power supply. The universities of applied sciences cannot be held responsible for problem situations related to taking the exam, due to applicant’s hardware or software, or the stability of the internet connection. We recommend that you use a mouse to navigate in the exam system instead of the keyboard. 

Detailed information on hardware requirements will be updated in autumn 2024.

Participating in the exam and exam schedule

The International UAS exam is organised on 7 November 2024. The International UAS Exam is a digital exam, completed by the applicant’s own computer remotely online.

Invitation to the exam

On 6 November 2024 at the latest, you will receive an invitation to the exam to the email address you provided in your Studyinfo application. The invitation includes a personal login link to the exam. The email will be sent only once so please make sure that you have space in your inbox. If necessary, also check your spam and other folders. NB: The invitation to the exam will be sent only to those applicants who have successfully completed the pre-identification.

Login page

Another option to log in to the exam is on the exam day through the login page: https://login.uasexam.fi/. When logging in, please submit the same passport/identity card number and the PIN code as provided in your Studyinfo application. NB: Only those applicants who have successfully completed the pre-identification will be able to log in to the exam through the login page.

Participating in the exam and the exam schedule

The International UAS exam is organised on 7 November 2024 from 12:00 o’clock noon onwards (Finnish time, UTC/GMT+2). Starting the exam is going to be phased in a way that the first applicant starts the exam at 12:00 noon Finnish time (UTC/GMT+2) and the last applicant at 12:15 Finnish time (UTC/GMT+2) at the latest. You will see your personal exam starting time only after you have logged in to the exam system.

More detailed information about the exam day will be published in autumn 2024.

Frequently asked questions about the International UAS Exam  

NB. The instructions are subject to change. Please check the up-to-date instructions before participating in the exam.

Pre-identification

Do I need to register separately for the SMOWL monitoring software?

There is no separate registration for the SMOWL monitoring software. The pre-identification only involves identification in the Candour ID application. Separate registration for SMOWL was required during the autumn 2023 International UAS Exam, but it has been discontinued.

I can't find the invitation to pre-identification in my email?

You can conduct the pre-identification via the following link: https://login.uasexam.fi/. When logging in, please submit the same passport/identity card number and the PIN code as provided in your Studyinfo application. The pre-identification has to be completed on 23 October 2024 at 15:00 Finnish time (UTC/GMT+3) at the latest.

I haven't completed the pre-identification on time, what should I do?

You cannot complete the pre-identification after 23 October 2024 at 15:00 Finnish time (UTC/GMT+3). If you did not complete the pre-identification within the given timetable, you cannot be invited to the exam, and you cannot proceed in the International UAS Exam selection process. The requirements related to the pre-identification are explained on the UASinfo website and on the Studyinfo application form. If you did not complete the pre-identification within the given timetable, universities of applied sciences follow a consistent procedure, and no one's situation can be corrected at this phase.

Participating in the exam

Do I need the Candour ID mobile application on the exam day?

You do not need the Candour ID application on the exam day. On the exam day, you have to identify yourself again while logging in to the exam. This means that you will first proceed to Candour's service to take a selfie with your computer's camera.

Can I go to the toilet during the exam?

You cannot go to the toilet after the exam has started. Your face must remain visible in the SMOWL monitoring block throughout the entire exam. SMOWL monitoring starts from the moment your exam starts. After the exam has started, you can no longer leave your computer. Before the exam starts, you can still, for example, go to the toilet.

Can I take notes during the exam?

You are allowed to take notes on paper during the exam, but make sure that your face remains visible in the SMOWL monitoring block at all times

Can I use a calculator during the exam?

In the Advanced Mathematical Skills section and the Mathematical Skills section, you are allowed to use the function calculator provided by the exam system.

How do I know how much exam time is left?

You can keep track of the exam time by following the clock at the upper right-hand corner of the exam system.

How do I know that my answer has been saved?

”Saved” notification will appear for a while above the option that you selected, when the system has saved your selected answer. If you use your keyboard for navigating and responding in the exam, please ensure that the response option you chose does not change.

What happens to my answers if I do not complete the exam on time?

If you do not complete a section, its latest version will be saved as your answer.

How do I know if my exam has been dismissed based on monitoring?

After the exam, the proctoring data of the applicants is reviewed. Based on this review, applicants’ exam results may be dismissed if they have acted contrary to the instructions given. If your exam result is dismissed, you will find the information from the Entrance Exam Score Service.

Individual arrangements

If, due to disability, disease, dyslexia or some other specific reason, you need individual arrangements during the entrance exam (e.g. additional time, tasks without pictures for applicants using a screen reader), you have to fill in a written request for individual arrangements. Please attach a medical certificate or other equivalent attestation on the nature of your disability or disease. The statement should clearly state why you need individual arrangements and explicitly detail the type of individual arrangements recommended for you. The applicants’ situations are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Submit your request for individual arrangements, with the necessary attachments, by 18 September 2024 at 15:00 Finnish time (UTC/GMT+3) to the Admissions Services of the university of applied sciences using the International UAS Exam that is highest on your application form. Check the instructions below whether the request for individual arrangements shall be submitted on paper or in electronic form to the university of applied sciences in question.

More detailed instructions will be updated later.

Final student selection and publishing the results of the International UAS Exam

Final selection of students is done on the basis of the total score of the International UAS Exam. A total score of the exam is the sum score of the exam sections included to your study programme. Applicants who do not meet the programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected as students. 

The results will be published on 21 November 2024 at the latest. You may view your scores in Studyinfo service. You may also be admitted from the waiting list on 18 December 2024 at the latest. Your exam scores will remain valid only for the application round in question.

The questions and the right answers of the exam will not be published. The International UAS Exam is deemed a secret official document based on the Act on the Openness of Government Activities, Section 24(22).

Entrance Exam Score Service

In the Entrance Exam Score Service, you can view your International UAS Exam scores per section.

The Entrance Exam Score Service opens on 21 November 2024 at the latest. When the Entrance Exam Score Service is open, the information will be updated on this page. You can view your International UAS exam scores per section in the Entrance Exam Score Service until 7 January 2025.

You can log in to the Entrance Exam Score Service in the following way:

  1. On 21 November 2024 at the latest, you will receive an email, which contains a personal link to Entrance Exam Score Service. The link will be sent to the email address you gave on your Studyinfo application form. 
  2. Your link to Entrance Exam Score Service is also available in your own application in Studyinfo service. After you submitted your joint application form in Studyinfo service, you received a confirmation email to the email address you put in your application. The confirmation email contains a link to your own application. If you have not saved the confirmation link, please contact the Admissions Services of that university of applied sciences you have applied to.

You can access your own application also in My Studyinfo service. Suomi.fi e-identification is used for logging in, so you need Finnish online banking credentials, a Finnish electronic id-card or a mobile certificate. Please note that identification methods for foreigners in Suomi.fi e-identification service are not currently supported.

If you cannot log in to the Entrance Exam Score Service please contact the Admissions Services of that university of applied sciences you have applied to.

Valikko