The TOLC-LP is an individual test, different from candidate to candidate composed of questions automatically and randomly selected from the CISIA TOLC database through proprietary software made and managed by CISIA. All generated TOLC-LP of the same type have a similar difficulty.
The TOLC-LP test consists of a series of 30 multiple choice questions, only one of which is correct, broken down into the following sections:
30 questions
Section | Number of Questions | Time max time available |
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Mathematics | 10 questions | 30 minutes |
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Logic | 10 questions | 30 minutes |
Comprehension Verbal | 10 questions | 30 minutes |
Total | 30 questions | 90 minutes |
English (optional) | 30 questions | 15 minutes |
To determine whether or not the test is passed, the Parma office uses only the scores achieved in the first three sections, thus excluding the additional section for the "English language proficiency test". The latter is still dispensed because the score in it could be used by other venues.
The duration of the TOLC-LP test is 90 minutes + 15 minutes for the English language section. Students not interested in the English language section may close the test before beginning that section.
The list of topics on which the TOLC-LP will focus is as follows ("Syllabus"):
- LOGICS AND VERBAL UNDERSTANDING
The Logic and Verbal Comprehension questions are intended to test candidates' aptitudes rather than to ascertain acquisitions achieved in higher studies. They do not, therefore, require specific prior preparation.
Insemistics
Insets and main set operations (union, intersection, difference, complement, and Cartesian product); combinatorial calculus (combinations, permutations, and arrangements).
Arithmetic
Number sets and main arithmetic operations. Decimal numbers and rounding; greatest common divisor, least common multiple; arithmetic mean. divisibility, prime numbers and decomposition into prime factors.
Algebra
Monomials and polynomials; algebraic expressions, fractions and simplification of expressions; powers with integer and fractional exponent. Algebraic equations and inequalities; systems of equations and inequalities.
Exponentials and Logarithms
Algebraic operations with exponentials and logarithms; changes of basis; simple exponential and logarithmic equations and inequalities.
Analytic Geometry
Cartesian coordinates in the plane; equation of a line for two points; slope of a line; equation of a line for a point and parallel or perpendicular to a given line. Distance between two points in the plane; geometric places.
Planar Geometry
Planar figures and their elementary properties. Pythagorean theorem; properties of similar triangles; perimeter and area of major plane figures. Goniometry and Trigonometry.
Solid Geometry
Solids in space and their elementary properties; surfaces and volumes of the principal solids.
Mathematics
Percentals and proportionality; calculation of probabilities of an event in simple situations; units of measurement; reduction of a concrete problem to a mathematical one.
Depending on the result obtained in the test, the grid below provides indications of the level of initial preparation and consequent actions.
≤ 6 Take an English course at beginner level (A1*)
7 - 16 Take a first-level English course (A2*)
17 - 23 Take an intermediate level English course (B1*)
24 - 30 Take the B1* level English exam without the need to take a course
The level of knowledge required to take the test is that acquired in high school.