High school

General information

To enter the university, high school students must take the university entrance exams (PAU).

By means of the PAU, or selectivity, students design their own entrance exam to university by choosing the subjects which want to be examined on, depending on the studies which want to access.

Check out the video "University entrance exams - PAU"

Check out the video "How to register for PAU from the university access portal?"

Test structure

The PAUs have two parts:

a) General phase (grade from 0 to 10): compulsory, passing it allows access to the university and has indefinite validity. 

b) Specific phase (note up to 14): voluntary, its purpose is to calculate an admission grade for each of the studies to which the student wants to access and it is valid for the following two academic years. The student can examine a maximum of three modality subjects.

The current model of access to the university differentiates between passing the PAUs and the admission procedure: the student obtains a specific admission mark for each degree and university in which he/she applies to be admitted.
To calculate the admission mark, the two grades of the subjects passed in the specific phase will be chosen, which, once weighted, give the highest marks. The resulting grade is the one used by universities to award places in studies in which the number of applications exceeds the number of places offered.
Consult the weighting parameters of the high school subjects that will be applied for admission to the university in this link

Calls and registration

There are two calls a year, in June and September, and there is no limit to the number of calls to pass the tests. To be able to do the PAU, you must register online at University Access Portal.

Students enrolled in the second year of high school in a secondary school in Catalonia must enroll in two phases: pre-enrollment and final formalization of enrollment.

Students with the entrance tests of approved previous regulations can take the specific phase.

Test and pre-registration calendar

Check the calendar and schedule of the PAUs

Check the university pre-registration calendar