English entry test: what is it?

The English entry test is a non-compulsory test students who will attend the first year of either a Bachelor’s or a Single-Cycle Master’s Degree Course are asked to take in order to assess their level of competence. Where applicable, reaching a certain level of competence in the test can grant some kind of exemption from the final curricular exam.

Two test dates are scheduled for each Department/ Degree Course; the second date is only for those who have not taken the test on the first one. The test can be taken only once and only in person

Students who, for whatever reason, will be admitted to years following the first, are not required nor allowed to take the test.

The test asses:

  • listening comprehension - only for some degree courses
  • reading comprehension
  • syntax and vocabulary knowledge

The cut-score to reach either B1 (or B2 where applicable) level is 60% of correct answers.

A technical simulation of each exercise type can be found at the following link (opens in a new tab): mock test page


Who can take the test?

All fresh-men of either a Bachelor’s or a Single-Cycle Master’s Degree Course with the following exceptions:

Business administration and management, Digital Marketing, Economics and Finance, European Languages and Cultures, International Economics and Marketing, Pharmacy*, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology*, Primary Teacher Education, Strategic Sciences, Technologies for the Smart Industry.

*: if you enrol in either Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology degree course you will take the test on your 2nd yr (A.A. 2025-2026). You will receive relevant information by the Department in due time.

How do I register for the test?

  1. Go on the esse3 website (www.esse3.unimore.it), click on the top right menu and select “registration”, follow the registration procedure and take note of the assigned username and password 
  2. Login on the esse3 website, on the top right menu click on “Reserved Area”, then "Application for evaluation" and then "English Language Entry Test" 
  3. Select the specific category "English Language Test" and choose the English Language Entry Test according to the degree course you are interested in
  4. Follow the registration procedure until final confirmation: you can now see and print the form reporting date, time, and venue where to take the test. The assigned shift CANNOT be changed. 

N.B. DSA or disabled students

  1. Are you a DSA student? You can be granted 30% extra time to sit the test. Tick the relevant box while registering for the test as shown on page 5 of the registration instructions.
  2. Are you a disabled student? You can be granted 50% extra time and a suitable desk to take the test or being exempted from the listening section of the test if you’re hearing-impaired. Tick the relevant box while registering for the test as shown on page 5 of the registration instructions.

Get in touch with the Servizio Accoglienza student disabili e con DSA to take an appointment to hand in all the relevant medical documentation.

What happens if I’ve not taken the test?

If, despite being registered, you have not shown up, or you couldn’t register for the test due to no seats available left, you can register for the second date. You do not need to report any absence at the test.


On the day of the test, please bring with you:

  1. UNIMORE or SPID username and password
  2. valid ID or VISA
  3. your own headphones or ear-pods (3,5 mm jack only)

Without one or more of the above-mentioned items,
you can't take the test.



A.A. 2024-2025

English 24-25 entry test first session scheduled dates: download the timetable (opens in a new tab)


English 24-25 entry test second session scheduled dates: download the timetable (opens in a new tab)




Information / Organisation: information desk

Technical assistants: Daniele Galasso



1. Is it a compulsory test? No, it is not, although it is strongly recommended.

2. Can I take the test even if I have an international certificate of English? Yes, you can. The Degree Course dedicated board will decide whether your certificate can grant you exemptions and/or ECTS.

3. I've never studied English before: shall I take the test? No, you shall not.

4. What can I do to prepare for the test? You can revise grammar, lexis, listening and reading comprehnesion on a good high school student's book.

5. Where can I find date, time and venue to take the test? These data will be assigned you during the registration process.

6. If, despite being regularly registered, I can't show up for the test, what shall I do? If any seats are available, you can register for the second date session.

7. Can I take the test more than once? No, the test can be taken only once.

8. I'm not sure: what if I change my mind and apply for a different degree course after I've taken the test? Shall I take the test again? Generally speaking, no, you shouldn't take it again, though you had better check with either the English teacher or the Course secretariat of the degree course you will enrol in what you should do. You should also let them know if you have been granted an exemption from the previous test you have taken.

9. How long does the test last? Around one hour.