Over 45 years
People over the age of 45 can gain access to university by passing the university entrance exams for over 45s. These exams are the same for all universities in Catalonia.
You can also simultaneously take the entrance exams for over 25s. The text commentary, and the Catalan and Spanish Language exams are the same for the over 25s and the over 45s.
You can register for the exams at the University access portal, from 16 to 28 February 2022.
Each Bachelor’s degree subject has 1% of places reserved for students who have passed the over 45s entrance exams.
- Not have any qualification or other satisfy any other general access requirement for entry to university.
- Be 45 years or older in the calendar year in which you take the exams.
The university entrance exams for over 45s take place once a year. Each candidate has an unlimited number of chances to pass the exams. Once passed candidates may take the exams in subsequent sessions to improve their grades.
2022 Session: The university entrance exams for over 45s will take place on Saturday 30 April 2022.
If you want to take the university entrance exams for over 45s or just attend a personal Interview for the university entrance exams for over 45s at any of the seven Catalan public universities, the University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC), Ramon Llull University, the International University of Catalonia, the Abat Oliba CEU University or the Open University of Catalonia you should register for the exam session online at the University access portal.
When you register for the university entrance exams for over 45s you must specify the university where you would like to take the exams.
Remember: If you want to gain university entrance via the university entrance exams for over 25s as well as the university entrance exams for over 45s you must register for both exam sessions and pay the corresponding fees for both.
Registration for the exam sessions will only be valid if you make the payment and present all the necessary documents within the established deadline.
Structure of the exams
General part: each exercise is scored from 0 to 10.
- Text commentary: commentary on a topic of current affairs. The aim of this part of the exam is to evaluate capacity for reasoning and competences in written expression, reading, interpretation of information and ability to produce a written discourse.
- Catalan language.
- Spanish language.
The validity of the grade for this part of the exam is indefinite.
Personal interview: Those who have passed the general part of the exam may request a personal interview. This can only be requested for a single course, faculty or school and university. That university does not necessarily have to be the one at which the general part of the exam was taken. The Academic Management office of the faculty or school offering the course for which the interview was requested will contact applicants to inform them of the date and time of the interview.
The interview will be graded as ‘pass’ or ‘fail’. The grade of the interview will only be valid for the year in which it took place.
Results and grades
To pass the exams you must achieve a grade of 4 or over for each of the exercises and the arithmetic average of the three exercises must be 5 or over. Candidates must also achieve a ‘pass’ grade in the personal interview.
If you take the exams at the upcoming session you will be able to see your grades from 24 May on the University access portal. If you have not requested a grades review you will be able to download a certificate of your exam results with a secure verification code (CSV), from the University access portal from 24 May 2022.
If you have requested a grades review you can consult your final grades from 3 June 2022 and you can also download a certificate of your exam results with a secure verification code (CSV), from the University access portal.
If you took the exams at previous exam sessions at the UAB and you would like a document to accredit your results you should contact the Access Office.
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Calendar for the university entrance exams for over 45s:
Exam registration: 16 to 28 February 2022, inclusive
Deadline for payment and presentation of documentation: 28 February 2022
M45 Exam date: Saturday 30 April 2022
Publication of results: 24 May 2022
Request for grades review: 24, 25 and 26 May 2022
Grade review results: 3 June 2022
Results certificates available: from 3 June (University access portal)
Please note: If you pass the exams you must make an application through the University access portal for the centre where you wish to study (during the days established in the university pre-registration calendar). The university will contact you to inform you of the day and time of your interview.
Admission to this via will be conditional on passing the PAP tests in the degrees that have this requirement.
M45 interview request: 7 to 16 June 2022
Interview results: 28 June 2022