Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia

Foundation Knowledge Assessment test (VPI) and Additional training obligation (OFA)

Foundation Knowledge Assessment test (VPI) and Additional training obligation (OFA)

The Foundation Knowledge Assessment test (VPI) consists of a compulsory test for all students enrolled in the 1st year of any undergraduate or integrated degree graduate programme. The VPI test is required to assess the basic knowledge needed in order to successfully attend the programme you selected.

VPI test does not constitute a prerequisite to access or attend the courses, but it is an opportunity to assess your knowledge and skills at the beginning of your university career.

The date of the test is automatically assigned after enrollment. You can view and modify this date, only when strictly necessary, through your personal iCatt page.

This test is held remotely and technical details will be notified to you after enrollment.

The test

For this degree course, Pass is reached with 50% of the correct answers for the NATIONAL ADMISSION TEST  in the following subject areas:

  • Biology (9 correct answers out of 18)
  • Chemistry (6 correct answers out of 12)

In case of a negative result in one or more subject areas, an Additional Training Obligation (OFA) is assigned to fill in the gaps found in the subject areas with negative results.

If the Initial Preparation Verification is not taken, an OFA will be assigned to each of the subject areas.

Students with disabilities and/or with Specific Learning Disorders (DSA) are invited to contact the Disability and Specific Learning Disorders Support Service at least 7 days before the test (https://www.unicatt.it/sedi-e-servizi-integrazione-studenti).

Additional training obligation (OFA)

For this programme, the Faculty has established additional training obligations in:

  • "biology": online remote course with final assessment.
  • “chemistry": online remote course with final assessment.

Students are required to attend OFA according to the timetable provided (see the freshman kit of their Faculty at the link: https://studenticattolica.unicatt.it/studenti-benvenute-matricole-kit-matricole). The student who has attended the scheduled hours is admitted to the final assessment of the OFA course. Successful completion of the final examination means that the OFA is concluded and the student will be able to continue the university course without any Additional Training Obligations. During the first year, up to 3 attempts to pass the final assessment are planned without having to attend the OFA course again.

In case the student fails to pass the OFA final assessment, the group Tutor in charge will contact the student in order to support him/her in the process of accompaniment to the above-mentioned exam.

Students who have not passed OFA by the end of the first year will not be able to sit the exams for the second year of the programme.