International UAS exam,
spring 2024

International UAS exam,
spring 2024

Introduction

The Joint Digital Entrance Examination for Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences, known as the International UAS Exam, serves as a pivotal assessment tool for aspiring students seeking entry into bachelor’s degree programs, all conducted in the English language. This examination, facilitated through the applicant’s personal computer remotely online, signifies a crucial step in the academic journey.

During the collective spring application period, a total of 91 study programs embrace the International UAS Exam. Detailed information on these programs is available for your perusal. Regardless of the multitude of study programs one may apply to, a single participation in the International UAS Exam suffices. It is imperative to meticulously peruse the instructions, as modifications have been implemented for the spring 2024 examination in comparison to its 2023 counterpart.

Scheduled for the 21st of March 2024, commencing at 12:00 o’clock noon (Finnish time, UTC/GMT+2), the International UAS Exam serves as a comprehensive evaluation of applicants’ preparedness for UAS studies. Notably, the examination does not encompass any preliminary reading materials or pre-assignments.

The International UAS exam is used in the following study fields:

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

Exam sections, duration and scoring

The examination is conducted in the English language. The sections and duration of the examination are determined based on the academic pursuits for which you seek admission. In a single attempt, you navigate through all the examination sections pertinent to the academic programs of your choice. This comprehensive evaluation comprises both universally applicable sections and those tailored to the specific domains of study. A description of the examination sections for each academic discipline is presented in Chart. The cumulative score of the examination is the aggregate of scores from sections aligned with your chosen course of study. To secure selection, proficiency must be demonstrated across all examination sections, meeting or surpassing the prescribed minimum score for each segment. Each examination section is allocated a specified period for response. Upon the expiration of the designated time for a particular section, that segment concludes. If, by chance, a section remains incomplete, the latest iteration will be preserved as your response. While you possess the flexibility to address the sections in any sequence, it is imperative to recognize that once a section is initiated, it necessitates completion, precluding the option to revisit the section at a later stage.

Universal Examination Segments for All Academic Disciplines:

Logical Reasoning (25 minutes): Irrespective of the academic program chosen, completion of this examination segment is mandatory. This section examines your adeptness in logical reasoning and problem-solving. The scoring spectrum spans from 1 to 20, with the passing threshold set at 1. Penalty scores, denoting deductions for incorrect responses, are applicable. Opting to abstain from answering a question is also permissible.

Language Proficiency (20 minutes): Obligatory for all applicants, regardless of the chosen academic pursuit, this examination segment evaluates your prowess in reading and deciphering texts. Proficiency in understanding the relationships within the text, mastery of vocabulary, and linguistic reasoning are key focal points. The scoring range for this section extends from 3 to 20, with a minimum passing score of 3. Penalty scores are implemented for inaccuracies, and abstaining from responding to a question is a viable option.

Discipline-Specific Examination Components:

Mathematics (25 minutes): A prerequisite for fields encompassing Technology, Business Administration and BIT, Natural Resources, Tourism and Hospitality, Seafaring, Social Services, Health Care, Sports and Exercise, and Beauty Care. The section’s content remains consistent across the above mentioned disciplines. Here, your foundational mathematical prowess undergoes scrutiny, emphasizing fundamental calculations, percentage computations, first-degree equations, geometry, mathematical-logical reasoning, and the interpretation of tables, graphs, and diagrams. The function calculator within the examination system is ALLOWED during this segment. Scoring ranges from 1 to 20, with a minimum passing score of 1. Penalty scores, indicating deductions for erroneous responses, are applicable in this domain.

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 Proficiency (30 minutes): A prerequisite exclusive to the Technology field, this examination segment evaluates your prowess in mathematics and physics. Mathematical acumen is scrutinized through inquiries related to the simplification of rational expressions, equation resolution, level geometry, and trigonometry (e.g., right-angled triangles). Meanwhile, physics skills undergo assessment via questions pertaining to fundamental knowledge of physical phenomena, calculation formulas, your capacity to compute and reason based on fundamental physical knowledge and provided models, and your proficiency in interpreting charts, graphs, and diagrams. The function calculator within the examination system is at your disposal during this segment. Scoring spans from 1 to 20, with a minimum passing score of 1. Penalty scores, signifying deductions for inaccuracies, are applicable, and opting to leave a question unanswered is permissible. Refer to the advanced mathematical skills example questions for further insight.

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 Acuity (10 minutes): Mandated for the fields of Social Services, Health Care, Sports and Exercise, Beauty Care, and Humanities and Education, this examination segment’s content is uniform across the aforementioned domains. It assesses your aptitude in discerning the ethical underpinnings of statements. The scoring spectrum ranges from 1 to 20, with a minimum passing score of 1. Penalty scores, indicating deductions for erroneous responses, are applicable, and choosing to leave a question unanswered is an acceptable option.

Emotional Intelligence Proficiency (10 minutes): Compulsory for the fields of Social Services, Health Care, Sports and Exercise, Beauty Care, and Humanities and Education, this examination segment’s content is consistent across the specified fields. Here, your proficiency in emotional intelligence skills, encompassing the recognition and management of emotions, is under scrutiny. Scoring extends from 1 to 20, with a minimum passing score of 1. Penalty scores are applicable for incorrect responses, and the option to abstain from answering a question is available.

Verification Process

To partake in the International UAS exam and progress through the ensuing selection procedures, it is necessary to undergo a comprehensive identification process.

The identification protocol encompasses two distinct phases:

  1. Pre-Identification (Pre-Exam): Before the examination, candidates are required to complete pre-identification via the Candour ID mobile application within the stipulated time frame. An invitation for pre-identification will be dispatched to the email address provided in your application form, no later than March 11, 2024. The deadline for pre-identification is March 14, 2024, at 15:00 Finnish time (UTC/GMT+2). This crucial email will be dispatched only once, so ensure sufficient space in your inbox and, if necessary, scrutinize your spam and other folders.

    Alternatively, you can perform pre-identification within the specified time frame through the following link: https://login.uasexam.fi/ (Activation occurs when pre-identification commences). During login, kindly make sure the same passport/identity card number and PIN code as provided in your Studyinfo application.

  2. Identification on Exam Day: Successful completion of pre-identification grants an invitation to the exam. On the day of the examination, re-identification is mandatory during the login process. To facilitate this, you will need:

    • Passport or biometric EU/EEA identity card valid until March 21, 2024.
    • A mobile phone capable of downloading the Candour ID mobile application. Ensure the application is the latest version, available on App Store or Google Play.

For the identification process, furnish the following information on the Studyinfo application form:

  • Passport or biometric EU/EEA identity card number.
  • Attach a copy of the aforementioned passport/identity card to the application form by January 24, 2024, at 15:00 Finnish time (UTC/GMT+2).

It is important that the passport/identity card number submitted on the application form matches the document number attached to the application. In case of inaccuracies or contradictions, universities of applied sciences reserve the right to modify the information submitted for identification purposes

Completion of Pre-Identification from March 11 to March 14, 2024:

The pre-identification process must be finalized by March 14, 2024, at 15:00 Finnish time (UTC/GMT+2). Failure to complete pre-identification within the stipulated timeframe or experiencing pre-identification failure renders one ineligible for exam invitation and progression in the International UAS Exam selection process.

The following steps must be executed in the Candour ID mobile application during the pre-identification phase:

Download the Candour ID Application:

  • Download the Candour ID application from the App Store or Google Play.
  • Ensure you have the latest version installed.
  • Follow the application’s instructions meticulously.

Utilize the Same Passport/Identity Card:

    • Employ the passport/identity card with the same number as provided in your Studyinfo application form.

Capture Passport/Identity Card Image:

    • Take a clear picture of your passport/identity card.
    • The application verifies that the passport/identity card number matches the one provided in Studyinfo and validates its current status.
    • Note: Three attempts are allotted in this phase (ID photo).

Read Passport/Identity Card Information:

    • Peruse the information displayed on your passport/identity card.
    • For users with biometric passports/identity cards, extract information from the chip.
    • If chip reading is unsuccessful or if you don’t have a biometric passport, proceed with optical verification (without chip reading).
    • If necessary, use optical verification by capturing an image of the front side of the identity card.

Capture Selfie:

    • Take a selfie.
    • The application ensures that the person in the selfie corresponds to the facial image gleaned from the passport/identity card.
    • Note: Three attempts are granted in this phase (Selfie).

Verification Confirmation:

    • Candour ID will notify you of successful identification.
    • Ensure you return to the browser and patiently await redirection to the International UAS Exam info page.

Additional Resources:

    • If needed, refer to the Candour guide (link to be updated later) for comprehensive instructions.

Note: If your phone lacks NFC support, the pre-identification process may vary from the above instructions. Adhere to the instructions provided by the Candour ID application.

Important: The Candour ID mobile application allows a maximum of three attempts for both the passport/identity capture (ID photo) and the selfie (Selfie). Failure to verify identity within these attempts renders pre-identification incomplete, precluding progression in the International UAS Exam selection process.

Invigilation

 Note: Information is subject to change. It is essential to thoroughly peruse the detailed instructions before engaging in the examination. Your actions throughout the examination are under scrutiny through the SMOWL proctoring software integrated into the exam system. This monitoring mechanism ensures that candidates complete the exam autonomously, devoid of external assistance or aids. Throughout the exam duration, exclusive utilization of the exam system is mandated. The monitoring process is initiated automatically at the commencement of the exam and concludes upon exam completion. Subsequent to the exam, proctoring data for applicants undergoes evaluation. Exam results may be nullified based on this assessment if candidates deviate from the provided instructions. The SMOWL proctoring software captures and stores webcam images and sound. Prior to your individual exam commencement time, it is imperative to activate your computer’s microphone and camera after logging in. Monitoring indicators from the SMOWL monitoring block attest to its active status, as illustrated in the image below. It is crucial not to exit the SMOWL monitoring block at any point during the exam. This mandates sustained visibility of your face within the SMOWL monitoring block throughout the entirety of the exam, precluding actions such as leaving the examination space, even for necessities like using the restroom. Note: Please adhere to the guidelines provided to ensure a seamless and compliant examination process.

Make sure that your facial image is clearly visible in the SMOWL monitoring block and the two items (webcam and microphone) are green throughout the entire exam.



SMOWL monitoring block with webcam and microphone

Download the SMOWL extension

To complete the exam, you will have to download the SMOWL extension and ensure that it is “on” throughout the exam. You cannot complete the exam in an approved manner without the SMOWL extension. You can download the extension via the following link Please take a look at the specific hardware and network requirements here

Procedures for Completing the Exam with SMOWL Monitoring:

Ensure that you undertake the exam in a noise-free environment, free of any other individuals. Close all other programs, applications, browsers, and browser windows on your computer. Verify the installation of the SMOWL extension and confirm its activation status (on/off button). Ensure the correct activation of the SMOWL monitoring block at the exam’s initiation, maintaining activation (green) throughout the entire exam:

  • Confirm your camera is enabled and operational, allowing real-time visibility of your face in the SMOWL monitoring block.
  • Ensure adequate lighting conditions for clear facial visibility.
  • Confirm the activation and functionality of your microphone.
  • Verify the enabled and functional status of the SMOWL extension.
  • Sustain visibility of your face in the SMOWL monitoring block for the exam’s duration. Actions such as visiting other websites or using the restroom are prohibited. During the exam, note-taking on paper is permissible, but it is imperative to maintain continuous visibility of your face in the SMOWL monitoring block.

Dismissal Criteria Post-Exam Review:

Following the exam, an evaluation of applicants’ proctoring data occurs, and the exam results may be nullified if any of the specified dismissal criteria are observed.

Webcam Image Criteria:

  • The identified applicant is not visible in one or more webcam images in the monitoring data.
  • One or more individuals other than the identified applicant are visible in one or more webcam images. 
  • One or more individuals, in addition to the identified applicant, are visible in one or more webcam images.

Webcam Status Criteria:

  • One or more webcam images in the monitoring data depict the webcam as disabled or covered.

Unauthorized Activities Criteria:

  • The applicant engages in visiting other websites or using different programs/applications aside from the exam system. It is crucial to note that these activities are recorded in the monitoring data.

SMOWL Extension Criteria:

  • The SMOWL extension is not enabled throughout the entire exam.

Privacy Policy

Data Processing and Privacy Protocols:During pre-identification, Candour transmits the facial image from the applicant’s passport or identity card to the Vallu entrance examination service. On the exam day, the applicant’s selfie is cross-referenced with the facial image stored during pre-identification, aiming to verify the applicant’s identity. Data collected during the exam is stored for a necessary period post-exam, aligning with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The servers are located within the European Union.

Vallu entrance examination service utilizes a technical interface to relay the applicant’s facial image, read from the passport or identity card, to SMOWLtech.

SMOWL proctoring software captures webcam images and sound exclusively during the exam, ensuring independent exam completion by the applicant. This monitoring, performed automatically for legal protection and equal treatment of applicants, can be refused or interrupted by the applicant. However, refusal or interruption may lead to non-selection through the International UAS Exam selection method. Post-exam, Vallu entrance examination service operators review applicants’ monitoring data, and dismissal may occur if applicants contravene provided instructions. The stored data is retained for a necessary post-exam period, in compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), with servers situated in the European Union.

For further details on privacy policies: Click here

Hardware and network requirements

The International UAS Exam is a digital assessment meant to be executed on the applicant’s personal computer. It is imperative to note that the exam’s design restricts completion on mobile phones or tablets.

To ensure a seamless experience on the exam day, please make certain you have access to a computer meeting the stipulated requirements and a reliable internet connection. We strongly recommend the use of a stable fixed broadband connection. The applicant assumes responsibility for the internet connection’s functionality and the computer, including its power supply. The universities of applied sciences cannot be held accountable for any issues arising from the exam process due to the applicant’s hardware or software, or the stability of the internet connection. We advise using a mouse for navigation within the exam system instead of relying solely on the keyboard.

Use the updated version of the Chrome browser. The SMOWL proctoring software only works with Chrome, so you cannot use other browsers in the exam. 

To complete the written exam, you need to download the SMOWL extension and ensure that it is “on” throughout the exam. You cannot complete the exam in an approved manner without the SMOWL extension. You can download the extension via the following link. Other browser extensions may prevent logging in, so we recommend that you disable or turn them off them before logging in to the exam. Please see further instructions as to how to disable extensions in Chrome browser. Using VPN connection may obstruct the completion of the exam. 

Please enable JavaScript and cookies in your browser. At browserinfo.uasexam.fi you can check your browser version, screen resolution and whether JavaScript and cookies are enabled. Check your browser settings to make sure your browser version is up to date and update if necessary.

Use the following operating systems or their more recent versions:

  • Windows 10
  • macOS 12
  • Ubuntu Linux 20.04 LTS

Check your computer’s settings to make sure your operating system is up to date and update if necessary.

To take the exam, your computer must have:

  • A camera with a minimum resolution of 640×480 pixels (both internal and external are allowed)
  • A microphone (any type of microphone, internal or external)

The recommended minimum screen resolution is 1024 x 768.

Make sure that you are using only one screen. Using multiple screens can disrupt the operation of the SMOWL proctoring software, so please disconnect any additional screens from your computer while taking the exam

Participation Guidelines and Exam Schedule

The International UAS Exam is scheduled for March 21, 2024, and it is a digital examination completed remotely on the applicant’s personal computer.

Invitation to the Exam: By March 19, 2024, at the latest, an invitation to the exam will be sent to the email address provided in your Studyinfo application. This invitation contains a unique login link for the exam. Please ensure adequate space in your inbox and check spam or other folders if needed. Note that the invitation is exclusive to applicants who have successfully completed the pre-identification process.

Login Procedure: Access the exam through the login page on USA Exam Website. During login, submit the same passport/identity card number and PIN code as provided in your Studyinfo application. Only applicants who have completed pre-identification successfully can log in through this page. You can log in for the exam on the exam day through the login page: applicants who have successfully completed the pre-identification process.

Exam Participation and Schedule: The International UAS Exam is scheduled for March 21, 2024, starting from 12:00 o’clock noon (Finnish time, UTC/GMT+2). Detailed instructions for participation will be updated by March 2024 at the latest. It is advised to review the updated instructions before participating in the exam.

Individual arrangements

If you require specific accommodations during the entrance exam due to disability, illness, dyslexia, or any other relevant reason (e.g., additional time, tasks without pictures for screen reader users), you must submit a written request for individual arrangements. Ensure to attach a medical certificate or an equivalent attestation outlining the nature of your disability or illness. The statement should explicitly explain the reasons for needing individual arrangements and provide clear details on the recommended type of arrangements for you. Each applicant’s situation is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Submit your request for individual arrangements, along with the necessary attachments, by January 24, 2024, at 15:00 Finnish time (UTC/GMT+2), to the Admissions Services of the university of applied sciences where you applied for the International UAS Exam. Refer to the instructions below to determine whether the request for individual arrangements should be submitted on paper or in electronic form to the specific university of applied sciences.

Individual arrangements

You can request individual arrangements for completing the International UAS Exam.

What are the grounds for requesting 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.

How do I request individual arrangements for the entrance exam?

You can request individual arrangements with a separate application form for individual arrangements. Submit your request to the Admissions Services of the university of applied sciences using the International UAS Exam that is first on your application form. Please attach a copy of the attestation or statement (e.g. medical certificate) that indicates the ground for individual arrangements. If it is written on another language than Finnish, Swedish or English, the applicant has to provide, in addition to the original attestation or statement, a translated copy of the document with an authorized translator’s name, signature and stamp.

Submit your request for individual arrangements, with the necessary attachments, by 24 January 2024 at 15:00 (UTC/GMT+2) to the Admissions Services of the university of applied sciences using the International UAS Exam that is first on your application form. 

Some universities of applied sciences use a printable paper form for requesting individual arrangements. This paper form for requesting individual arrangements used in those UAS is downloadable on this website.

The following UAS use an electronic form for requesting individual arrangements: Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (Diak)Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences (Haaga-Helia)Humak University of Applied Sciences (Humak)Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK)JAMK University of Applied Sciences (Jamk)Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK)Laurea University of Applied Sciences (Laurea)Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (Metropolia)Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK)South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk)Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK). If you request individual arrangements in these universities of applied sciences, please use the electronic form for requesting individual arrangements. Do not use the paper form in these cases.

Please fill in the form carefully. In addition to your request for individual arrangements, please submit your personal and contact details.

The application form for individual arrangements is only used for requesting individual arrangements for the International UAS Exam. When applying for individual arrangements for any other entrance examination, please follow the instructions of those universities of applied sciences you have applied for.

Attachments to the application form for requesting individual arrangements – attestations and statements

Please attach copies of attestations that support your request (e.g. medical certificate or equivalent statement on the nature of your disease or disability, or certificate on dyslexia or learning difficulty). Those who request support measures, such as additional time, on the grounds of dyslexia have to attach a statement of a trained special needs teacher, an expert psychologist, speech therapist or specialist medical doctor (e.g. child neurologist, neurologist or phoniatrician). The statement shall indicate that you need support measures for taking the exam due to dyslexia. The UAS may accept an equivalent decision made by The Finnish Matriculation Examination Board if it contains the granted support measures.

The validity of statements is assessed on a case-by-case basis depending on the persistence of disability, disease or learning difficulty. For dyslexia, only statements that have been obtained at the age of 16 or later are considered. Do not send original certificates but be prepared to present the originals at the start of your studies should you become accepted to the study programme. Information related to your health shall be kept secret (Section 24, Act on the Openness of Government Activities).

Processing of requests for individual arrangements and announcement of granted individual arrangements

Your request for individual arrangements is processed in that university of applied sciences that uses the International UAS Exam entrance examination and is first on your application form. The UAS will inform you by email on individual arrangements that you have been granted.

The announcement on individual arrangements in the entrance examination is exam-specific and valid only in that particular entrance examination.

If, for some reason, individual arrangements cannot be arranged as requested by the applicant, the UAS sends a written notification, with justifications, to the applicant.

Requests for individual arrangements sent after the deadline are processed only in acute, exceptional cases. Individual arrangements cannot be granted if the request is submitted too late, with regard to the timetable of the entrance examination, or individual arrangements are otherwise deemed impossible to arrange.

If the applicant is not satisfied with the arrangements stated in the announcement, they should contact the university of applied sciences without delay so that it can, if necessary, revise its previous decision. When the applicant receives the final joint application selection decision, they can lodge a request for a review on the granted arrangements as part of an appeal against the selection decision.

Final Student Selection and Announcement of International UAS Exam Results:

The ultimate selection of students is determined by the cumulative score of the International UAS Exam, considering the sum of scores from the exam sections relevant to your chosen study program. Applicants failing to meet program-specific eligibility criteria will not be granted student status.

Results are slated for publication by April 10, 2024, at the latest, accessible through the Studyinfo service. Admission from the waiting list may occur by July 30, 2024, at the latest. Notably, your exam scores remain valid solely for the current application round.

The questions and correct answers of the exam will not be disclosed, as the International UAS Exam is classified as a confidential official document under the Act on the Openness of Government Activities, Section 24(22).

Entrance Exam Score Service:

The Entrance Exam Score Service allows you to review your International UAS exam scores per section.

This service becomes available no later than April 10, 2024. Information updates will be provided on this page when the service is open. You can access your scores until August 27, 2024.

Logging into the Entrance Exam Score Service:

  • By April 10, 2024, you will receive an email containing a personal link to the Entrance Exam Score Service. The link will be sent to the email address provided in your Studyinfo application form.
  • The link is also accessible in your application in the Studyinfo service, available via the confirmation email received after submitting your joint application form.
  • Access your application in the My Studyinfo service, using Suomi.fi e-identification, which requires Finnish online banking credentials, a Finnish electronic ID card, or a mobile certificate. Note that identification methods for foreigners in Suomi.fi e-identification service are currently unsupported.

If you encounter issues logging into the Entrance Exam Score Service, please contact the Admissions Services of the respective university of applied sciences you applied to.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The final selection is based on the cumulative score of the exam, considering the sum of scores from relevant sections for the chosen study program. Applicants not meeting program-specific criteria won’t be selected.

Exam results will be published by April 10, 2024, at the latest, accessible through the Studyinfo service. Admission from the waiting list may occur by July 30, 2024.

No, the questions and correct answers are not disclosed, as the exam is considered a confidential official document under the Act on the Openness of Government Activities.

You will receive a personal link via email by April 10, 2024. This link is also available in your application in the Studyinfo service and through the My Studyinfo service using Suomi.fi e-identification.

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