Entrance exam procedures for applicants with disabilities

The University of Vienna conducts entrance exam procedures for certain degree programmes. A written test is to be taken as part of these procedures. Please reach out to us if a disability or impairment requires an adaptation of these tests to your needs. If a disability impairs your participation in these tests, the University of Vienna will accommodate your needs and adapt the testing procedures accordingly.

Each type of disability is unique. Thus, adaptations to testing will be made on a case-by-case basis.

 

 

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 Required documents

  • descriptive form (no diagnoses, form in German only)
  • other confirmation by a medical specialist, psychological and/or psychiatric assessments

 Deadline for requesting special testing accommodations

  • to be announced

This deadline is the same as for applying for bachelor/diploma programmes with entrance exam procedure.

What counts as an impairment? How are testing procedures adapted?

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  • Examples for impairments

    This list is only exemplary and not to be taken as a full account. All requests will be individually assessed and further coordinated with you via e-mail.

    • Vision impairment
    • Hearing impairment (to such a degree, that announcements at the testing facilities might be overheard/hard for you to hear)
    • Impaired gross and/or fine motor skills (e.g. paraplegia, spasms and/or myasthenia)
    • Cognitive or mental disorders (e.g. attentiveness and/or anxiety disorders)
    • Learning disorders (e.g. dyslexia)
    • Conditions that require special equipment (e.g. Diabetes)
  • Examples for (special) testing adaptations
    • Smaller and quieter testing venues
    • Prolonged testing period (only possible in the smaller testing venues)
    • Permission of special equipment (e.g. medical devices, vision aids, writing aids, pharmaceuticals)
    • Adaptation of test materials (e.g. larger type size, special fonts, digital testing procedures)
    • Special testing equipment (e.g. laptops and screens, desks suitable for wheelchairs)
    • Individual seating (e.g. at the outside fringes of a sector, close to the lavatories)
    • Special assistance through an interpreter of Austrian Sign Language

How do I submit my request for special testing accommodations?

Step 1: Become informed about the necessary steps to register for the entrance exam procedure

Select your desired degree programme among the list of degree programmes with entrance exam procedure. There you will find detailed information for submitting your application.

Then select the respective group, depending on your citizenship and your German language proficiency. After this selection the website will present you with a step-by-step guideline for the application and entrance exam procedure.

Step 2: Submit your application for admission

Follow the steps as described. Submit your application in u:space and pay the administration fee. Press “submit application”. Then you will be registered for the entrance exam procedure.

Step 3: Submit your request for special testing accommodations

Once you have submitted your application, another window will open in u:space. There you will be informed about evaluating the entrance exam procedure. If you read the text further, a link will take you to the site where you can submit your request for accommodations of the entrance exam procedure. Upon selecting this link, you will be forwarded and prompted to log in with your u:account. Then you will have the chance to describe the accommodations you will require. Please upload any medical specialist assessments. We also accept assessments of psychotherapists and clinical psychologists.

Do you have questions on requesting special testing accommodations? Please reach out to us via the Servicedesk.

Step 4: We will review your request for special testing accommodations

You will receive written notice via e-mail within a few days. Each type of disability is unique. Adaptations to testing will be made on a case-by-case basis. Hence, we will coordinate any special accommodations and their technical implementation with you via e-mail. All further information about your next steps will be made available to you during the entrance exam procedure.

Example: adapted entrance exam procedures in a smaller testing venue

  1. After the application period you will be informed via e-mail, whether the written part of the entrance exam procedure for your desired degree program will take place. No later than 14 days prior to the exam date, you will receive an e-mail containing your invitation to the entrance exam (“Einlassbestätigung”) and a layout plan of the testing venue. This e-mail will also contain details about the items you are allowed to have with you during the exam.
  2. The invitation will also tell you the time frame in which the exam will take place, as well as your assigned entry point to the testing centre. After your identity was verified, you will be escorted to your testing venue.
  3. Upon arriving at the testing venue, you will be given a couple of minutes to accommodate yourself. Once the exam procedures begin, the test administrators will announce the instructions, including all the details regarding the examination process. Next, the exam materials will be handed out and the exact starting and ending time of the exam will be announced. There will be at least one supervisor present at your testing venue throughout the duration of the exam.
  4. Upon conclusion, the exam materials will be collected and their integrity verified. At the end, we will escort you back to the exit.
  5. Once all exams have been evaluated, you will receive an e-mail informing you about your next steps in the admission process.