Pass-world Master and Pass-world 1st and 3rd-year Bachelor

Competitive Entrance Exam Regulations 2019

 

Article I.            Introduction to the entrance exam

Section I.01  Definition

The Pass-world Master Competitive Entrance Exam is the exclusive means of being admitted onto the 1st year of the Grande Ecole Master program offered by all Pass-world member schools:

The 1st and 3rd-year Bachelor Pass-world Competitive Entrance Exam offers the chance of being admitted onto the first or third year of the Bachelor program offered by the following Pass-world member schools: 

Candidates are not allowed to apply to the same school via two different means of admission in the same year. In the event of applying via two different means of admission in the same year and to the same school, candidates risk punishment in the form of non-reimbursement of their tuition fee down payment and forfeiting of their right to apply to the school in question. In all instances, the cost of any such operation will be invoiced for payment by the candidate. 

 

Section I.02  Eligibility

A candidate is eligible (i.e. has the right to register for one of the competitive entrance exams) subject to satisfying the following criteria: 

Pass-world Master exam: 

  • Have completed 2 years of studies outside of France
  • Hold or are in the process of obtaining (all academic subjects included):
    • Either a non-French Bachelor degree or 180 ECTS;
    • Or a French Bachelor degree/180 ECTS but do not have French nationality.

Pass-world 1st-year Bachelor exam

  • 18 years of age on December 31st of the school entry year
  • Have completed 2 years of studies outside of France
  • Hold or are in the process of obtaining (all academic subjects included):
    • Either a non-French baccalaureate;
    • Or a French baccalaureate but do not have French nationality.

Pass-world 3rd-year Bachelor exam

  • Have completed 2 years of studies outside of France
  • Hold or are in the process of obtaining (all academic subjects included):
    • Either a non-French BTS (advanced vocational certificate), DUT (2-year technical college degree), or 120 ECTS;
    • Or a French BTS (advanced vocational certificate), DUT (2-year technical college degree), or 120 ECTS but do not have French nationality. 

The application file or degree enabling a candidate to obtain full eligibility for the competitive entrance exam will be submitted to the school in question by November 30th of the year of the exam at the latest. In the event of a failure to obtain the necessary degree or application file required at the registration stage and approved by the Pass-world administration team, the candidate will not be able to join the school into which he/she was due to be admitted. 

 

Section I.03  Registration fees

  • Pass-world Master Competitive Entrance Exam registration fees amount to €170 (or €300 including the TAGE MAGE test). 
  • Registration fees for the Pass-world 1st or 3rd-year Bachelor Competitive Entrance Exam amount to €120. 

The candidate is considered as being enrolled for one of the entrance exams upon payment of the relevant registration fees.   

In accordance with French law, he/she has a 14-day period following approval of payment in which to withdraw and subsequently obtain reimbursement of the entrance exam fees. Withdrawal must be requested by the candidate at info@pass-world.com.

 

Section I.04  Exam schedule

The competitive entrance exam sessions calendar is available for consultation by all candidates on the website and is updated on a regular basis. If no admission session is offered in the candidate’s geographical area of origin, the candidate will be duly invited to inform the Pass-world administration team of the situation via email at info@pass-world.com.

 

Section 1.05  Data security

Pass-world commits to protecting all information supplied by the candidate and to share any such information with the alliance’s member schools only as part of Pass-world operations alone.

 

Article II.         Registration process

Section II.01  General information

Registration is carried out exclusively online via the application.pass-world.com platform from September 1st to May 31st of the following year. Once on the platform, each candidate must set up their own candidate log-in zone, thereby enabling them to follow up on a daily basis the progress of their registration and subsequent admission onto the competitive entrance exam. 

The candidate must take sole responsibility for the information provided during the registration process, especially when entering the email address and telephone number that will be the only means of communication used over the course of the entrance exam process, as well as the surname, first name, date and place of birth provided, which will be the only recorded means of confirming their identity on the day they will sit the competitive entrance exam. 

The latter information must correspond exactly with that appearing on the candidate’s official ID. 

Once all contact details have been entered, the candidate must indicate their choice of school in order of preference by selecting 4 member schools for the Master entrance exam and 3 for the 1st or 3rd-year Bachelor entrance exam. 

 

Section II.02  Registration fees

Registration is considered as definitive upon full payment of the registration fees for the relevant entrance exam. 

Registration fee payment may be carried out by the following means:

  • Secure online payment via the registration platform application.pass-world.com (costs to be paid by the candidate)
  • Bank transfer (costs to be paid by the candidate). Payment by bank transfer requires a transfer order to be downloaded via the “Registration fees” tab accessible within the candidate’s Pass-world account, completed and sent back as soon as possible by email to info@pass-world.com
  • Bank check (issued by a French banking authority), made out to Association Passerelle ESC / Concours Pass-world and sent by post to Association Passerelle ESC/Pass-world, CS 30046, 75008 Paris, France.

 

Article III.       Organization of entrance exam sessions

Competitive entrance exam sessions are held across the world from November 2018 to June 2019.

Each session comprises the sitting of two written tests and an oral. Some candidates who have already successfully taken certain tests may only be required to pass the oral exam, which can be taken remotely.

The decision of the entrance exam jury is final. As a result, grades obtained by candidates may not be challenged; only appeals relating to logistical problems will be handled. 

Any candidate whose file is not up to date on the day of the entrance exam sessions to which they are registered or who arrives late for the session in question may be refused access to the examination room and therefore obliged to attend a different session.   

Any candidate caught in the act of cheating during an exam will receive a zero grade for the full set of written and oral tests. Campus France will be duly notified of such a transgression. 

 

Section III.01  Two written tests

1- English test

Master exam:   

  • Proof of an IELTS, TOEIC or TOELF grade
    Or
  • Sitting the Pass-world Language Test (PLT)

      1st year Bachelor exam: 

  • Proof of an IELTS, TOEIC or TOELF grade
    Or
  • Sitting the Pass-world Language Test (PLT)

3rd year Bachelor exam: 

  • Proof of an IELTS, TOEIC or TOELF grade
    Or
  • Sitting the Pass-world Language Test (PLT)

2- Logic test

Master exam:     

  • French track:
    Proof of a TAGE MAGE grade
    Or 
    Sitting the Pass-world Admission Test (PAT)
    Or
    Sitting the TAGE MAGE with Pass-world (€130 cost)

  • English track:
    Proof of a GMAT, CAT or GRE grade
    Or
    Sitting the Pass-world Admission Test (PAT)

      1st year Bachelor exam: 

  • French track:
    Proof of a post-secondary TAGE grade
    Or
    Sitting the Pass-world Admission Test (PAT)

  • English track:
    Sitting the Pass-world Admission Test (PAT)

3rd year Bachelor exam: 

  • French track:
    Proof of a TAGE 2 grade
    Or
    Sitting the Pass-world Admission Test (PAT)

  • English track:
    Sitting the Pass-world Admission Test (PAT)

 

Section III.02  One oral test

The candidates must arrive with their CV, the test comprising a 20-minute oral interview focusing on their professional project. In most instances the oral test takes place on the same day as the written tests and is held before a jury representing the competitive entrance exam member schools to which the candidate is applying.   


Article IV.      Admissions

Section IV.01  Admissions process

Any application having received a grade equal to or less than:

  • 75/300 for the PAT or
  • 25/100 for the PLT or
  • 8/20 for the interview

Will result in the failure of the application.

A candidate whose application has been turned down nevertheless retains the right to re-sit during the year.

Conditional admission
Candidates from China and Vietnam may under some circumstances be offered a conditional admission, meaning admission pending supervision and successful completion of a French language and/or English language and/or Management refresher program, duly overseen by a training organization approved by the competitive entrance exam adjudication panel and the member schools. 

 

Section IV.02  Publication of the admission result

Admissions results are communicated to candidates in the month following the sitting of the entrance exam, via the “Admissions” tab of the candidate’s online account. Each candidate is also informed by email of their admission into a member school. 

 

Section IV.03  Down payment

The candidate confirms their admission by submitting a down payment as soon as possible and 6 calendar weeks after receipt of the email confirmation of admission at the latest. The tuition fee down payment amounts to: 

  • €4100 for the Master Grande Ecole program
  • €3000 for the 1st-year and 3rd-year Bachelor program

In any event, the annual tuition fee total for the Master or Bachelor program is available for consultation in the relevant school page on our website:

The down payment may be submitted by the following means: 

  • Secure online payment via the registration platform application.pass-world.com (costs to be paid by the candidate)
  • Bank transfer (costs to be paid by the candidate). Payment by bank transfer requires a transfer order to be downloaded via the “Down payment” tab accessible within the candidate’s Pass-world account, completed and sent back as soon as possible by email to info@pass-world.com
  • Bank check (issued by a French banking authority), made out to Association Passerelle ESC / Concours Pass-world and sent by post to Association Passerelle ESC/Pass-world, CS 30046, 75008 Paris, France.

In the event of non-receipt of the down payment within the 6 calendar weeks following email confirmation of admission, the candidates will forfeit their place. 

 

Section IV.04  Down payment reimbursement conditions

The Pass-world Entrance Exam administration team may be required to reimburse the entire down payment pertaining to the net fees received in the following instances:  

  • Withdrawal in the 14 days following receipt of the full amount of money on the Association Passerelle account, as per the validation date registered on the applicant’s account.
  • Failure to secure a student visa subject to confirmation no later than November 30th of the year of sitting the entrance exam and upon submission of official proof.
  • Failure to obtain the degree required to complete the application no later than November 30th of the year of sitting the entrance exam and upon submission of official proof.  

For any other request:  

  • A €3100 fee is withheld for Master Grande Ecole candidates.
  • A €2200 fee is withheld for 1st-year and 3rd-year Bachelor candidates.

Due processing of any reimbursement requires formal request submission by email at info@pass-world.com, including an explanatory letter addressed to the director of the member school in question and the appropriate proof. 

 

Section IV.05  Post-admission documents

Upon receipt of the tuition fee down payment, the Pass-world administration team sends all official documents to each candidate, namely:

  • School acceptance letter,
  • School accommodation certificate,
  • Tuition fee down payment receipt,

The above documents enable the candidate to go through the necessary visa application procedure with Campus France.  

 

Article V.      Deferral entry at the school

Under certain circumstances (failure to obtain a visa, accident, illness etc.), it is possible to defer entry onto the program by a year. The candidate therefore retains their admission guarantee and may enter the school in question the following year.

Deferral requests must be formally made by email at info@pass-world.com by September 30th of the year of sitting the competitive entrance exam and subject to the same terms and conditions as those applied to reimbursement requests. The final decision to accept (or otherwise) a request is taken by the director of the relevant school. 

A deferral request has no repercussions for the school admission process. Under no circumstances does such a request exempt the candidate from carrying out their down payment in the 6 calendar weeks following receipt of results, nor submission of proof of graduation by November 30th of the year of sitting the entrance exam. 

In the event of a failed visa application the following year, the down payment is reimbursed according to the re-payment means outlined in article IV.04 of the current regulations.