Entrance Exam : Information

The entrance exam takes place on the ISTEC campus at 128 Quai de Jemmapes 75010 Paris. The applicants must be present at 9h30 and begin with the written exams; lunch is then provided at the cafeteria of the campus end then the applicants meet up with the jury for the oral exam (the day ends at 17h30 latest).

The five tests of the entrance exam are as follows:

These five tests are as follows: duration coefficient
1 – Written tests

·         POST-BAC TAGE (Entry to first year)

the Post-Bac TAGE [Business Management Aptitude Test] consists of two parts, corporate communication and qualitative and logical analysis for business.


·         TAGE 2 (Entry to second and third year)

TAGE 2 consists of three parts: oral, arithmetic and logic.

1h20 3
2 – Written test of the TEAM Examination: English
The test takes the form of a multiple-choice questionnaire and is designed to assess grammatical knowledge, range of vocabulary and candidates’ capacity for understanding a text.
0h30 1
3 – Written test of the TEAM Exam: 2 mandatory options

·         Option 1 “International Perspective”: choose from German, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or International culture

·         Option 2 “Science and Culture”: choose from mathematics, digital culture or economics and sociology

0h30 0.5
4 – ISTEC oral test: Group interview

  • Preparation of a specific case subject (30 mins)
  • Group interview on the specific case (30 mins)

This interview aims to assess candidates’ ability to integrate and work in a team and assess their social behaviour, self-control, exercise of autonomy, responsibility and imagination.

1h 1
5 – ISTEC oral test: Individual Interview

  • Preparation of a subject of general culture (15 mins)
  • Interview on the subject of general culture + interview on motivations (30 mins in total)

This interview assesses candidates’ knowledge of general culture, their main areas of interest, human qualities, capacity to put forward proposals, ability to present their ideas in an ordered fashion, ability to succeed in their studies at ISTEC and capacity to hold future positions of responsibility in a company. The interview takes the form of a discussion with the examiners, which, in particular, covers candidates’ backgrounds, their motivations for wanting to attend ISTEC and their plans for the future.

0h45 4

Once the tests and assessments have been completed, the candidates are classified, taking into account the overall average obtained in the tests with application of the coefficients.
The admission panel draw up the final list of admitted candidates according to merit and the number of places offered.


    Here is some advice from the Istec students who will be accompanying you on the day of the entrance exams:

    • Revise current affairs
    • Download the past years’ entrance exams
    • Prepare the exams, watch in hand
    • Know the ISTEC well and the Program that you have chosen
    • Be able to describe your personality
    • Be yourself and be sincere
    • Business dress code.☺