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The PTM is offered and conducted according to different sets of rules established by the participating faculties.

  • Tests are usually scheduled for the beginning of every semester.
  • All faculties offer the test in a digital format. However, their specific exam platforms may differ.

You have a maximum of 3 hours to complete the questions (this is a common rule observed by all faculties). The test is meant to be answered in only one session; if there is an interruption, time will keep running!

Feedback for students: The knowledge profile

Test results are presented in the form of a detailed feedback report. It answers questions such as:

  • How did I perform on this test?
  • Where do I rank in relation to my cohort?
  • How am I evolving?
  • What are my strengths and shortcomings?

The knowledge profile 1: Overview

Summary of results

  • Summary of results
  • How many questions did I answer in this test?
  • How many of them did I get right? And how did my fellow students perform?
  • On which semester is my comparison group based? How many students does it include?


For ePT participants:

  • How accurately can I estimate my own knowledge? 
  • Is guessing a reasonable strategy to achieve a good test result?

► In order to make the score comparable across all participating universities, guessed questions and questions answered with “don´t know” or not answered at all are not computed into the final score.



My test scores - my evolution compared to my cohort.

Longitudinal development: How much have I learned since the first time I took the test? How does it compare to the knowledge of my fellow students?

My level of knowledge compared to all others

This chart shows the scores of all serious test takers over the last 10 years, broken down by semester of studies. The purple and dark grey bars stand for the 35% of students above and below the semester median, which is represented by the short black line in the middle of each bar.

The purple bar represents my own semester. The dot and the long black line indicate where my score stands compared to the results of the last 10 years.

The knowledge profile 2: The own knowledge development

How did I answer the questions based on their level of difficulty?




Each column in this heatmap represents a Progress Test. Questions are sorted according to their level of difficulty, from easier (bottom) to more challenging (top). The colours in the heatmap indicate whether answers are correct or not, with each colour bar standing for an individual answer (in the case of ePT tests, these heatmaps also provide information on the confidence level with which every answer was given).

My strengths and shortcomings - subject/organ system results compared to my cohort

My strengths and shortcomings – Example: Breakdown by subject.

The radar chart (right) shows my knowledge level for every subject. The smaller black circle closest to the centre of the chart stands for the lower 15% boundary, i.e. 15% of participants are below this mark. The thicker black circle in the middle denotes the median (half of the students are below it, half are above it), while the thinner black circle towards the outside represents the upper 85% (15% of students are above this mark). The purple area represents my knowledge level.

Below the legend of the radar chart there is a list containing the subjects where performance was particularly strong/weak.

The line diagrams (middle/right) depict how my knowledge of each subject/organ system has developed with time in comparison to my cohort. Subjects with fewer questions included in the test are omitted as their results may eventually be skewed by the level of difficulty of certain individual questions.