Joint Application, Autumn 2020

BACHELOR’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES

 

GAME DESIGN (PART-TIME)

Student selection methods: online entrance examination

  • Invitation to entrance exam (Part 1): sent to eligible applicants by email.
  • Content of the exam: The exam consists of game design tasks that involve presenting ones ideas verbally and visually. The evaluation criteria vary from task to task but involve mostly some of the following: ideation skills, creativity and imagination, logical thinking, presentation skills (ability to communicate and illustrate ones ideas both in written and visually), storytelling skills, drawing skills and quality of work.
  • The student selection has two phases, Part 1 and Part 2. Applicants are admitted based on the combined points of the Part 1 and 2 (maximum total points 100).Part 1
    The instructions for Part 1 tasks are sent to all eligible applicants in entrance exam invitation by email after 15 October. The Part 1 tasks has to be delivered as per the given instructions by 23 October 2020 at 15.00 Finnish time at the latest.

    Part 1 consists of
    – video task 1.1 (max 20 points, min 10 points accepted)
    – task 1.2 (max 30 points, min 15 accepted).

    Part 2

    Based on the points of the Part 1, 50 best-performing applicants will be invited to the Part 2 by email.
    Part 2 online entrance exam is organised 9 November 2020. Part 2 consist of two tasks,
    – task 2.1 (max 20 points, min 10 points accepted)
    – task 2.2 (max 30 points, min 15 points accepted)

  • Minimum score for a passed examination: 50/100 points. In addition all examination parts must be completed successfully.
  • Cooperation in entry exams: no
  • Previous exams available for applicants: no

MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES

 

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Student selection methods: online tasks

  • Instructions for the tasks are published here on 24 September 2020. The tasks is submitted electronically by 11 October 2020.
  • Minimum score for a passed result is 40/100 points.
  • Cooperation in entry exams: no
  • Previous exams available for applicants: no

 

NAPRAPATHY

Student selection methods: entrance examination

  • Entrance exam organised online on 28 October 2020.
  • Invitation to entrance exam: sent to eligible applicants by email.
  • Minimum score for a passed result is 40/100 points.
  • Cooperation in entry exams: no
  • Previous exams available for applicants: no

Joint application, Spring 2020

BACHELOR’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES

 

GAME DESIGN (FULL-TIME)

Student selection methods: entrance examination in Finland, entrance examination outside Finland

Exams outside Finland during 10-15 March 2020

  • Content of the exams outside Finland: The exam consists of game design tasks that involve presenting ones ideas verbally and visually. The evaluation criteria vary from task to task but involve mostly some of the following: ideation skills, creativity and imagination, logical thinking, presentation skills (ability to communicate and illustrate ones ideas both verbally and visually), storytelling skills, drawing skills and quality of work. The exam consists of three tasks (max scores: task 1 30 points, task 2 30 points, task 3 20 points) and a separately done video task (max 20 points). Video task instructions will be sent to eligible applicants by email on 3 March.

The other examinations could not be organised on exam locations as planned (Kouvola 3 April, FINNIPS locations in March). Instead there is a two-phased exam organised online in April.

Exam online for applicants registered for the exam in Finland and for cancelled FINNIPS exams in China, South Korea and Hanoi (Vietnam) organised online on 3 April 2020 at 12 pm (noon) to 4 pm. The instructions for the online entrance were sent by email on 19 March.

The entrance exam tasks 1 and 2 are emailed to applicants on 3 April 12 pm (noon, UTC +3). Exam participants from outside of Finland can check the Finnish time e.g. with the Time and Date website: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/finland/helsinki

  • Content of the 3 April online exam:
    • Part 1 Interests and motivations max. 20 points
    • Part 2 Game design tasks
      2.1 Game concept max. 30 points
      2.2 Character design max. 30 points
    • Part 3 Video task max. 20 points (separately done before the online exam according to instructions send to applicants by email on 3 March)
  • Minimum score for a passed examination: 50/100 points, in addition a passed evaluation of English language skills is required.
  • Cooperation in entry exams: no
  • Previous exams available for applicants: no

DIGITAL INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Student selection methods: SAT test, entrance examination

SAT test results submitted by 8 April 2020

  • Required score: at least 500 in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and 500 in the Mathematics section
  • See instructions at www.xamk.fi/sat

Entry exam online on 14 April 2020 

The examination could not be organised on exam location as planned (Kouvola 1 April). Instead there is a two-phased exam organised online in April.

  • Pre-reading material: yes, pre-reading instructions and material available here
  • Cooperation in entry exams: yes for exam in Finland, list of cooperating universities available here
  • Previous exams available for applicants: no
  • Content of the exam: 1) Pretasks A & B, and 2) Online interview.
    The applicants must pass all parts of the examination in order to be selected for admission.
  1. Pretasks A & B
    • Pretask A (application video)
      • Create a 2-minute applicant video according to the instructions.
      • The video must be ready latest by 11.45 Finnish time on Tuesday 14 April.
    • Pretask B (written online exam with essay and maths)
      • Further instructions will be sent by email on Monday 6 April.
      • The online exam will be open on Tuesday 14 April at 11.45 – 14.00 Finnish time.
      • For the online exam you will need a quiet place with computer, and an internet connection.
      • The essay of Pretask B will be based on the pre-reading material. The instructions were published here in January. Please see the pre-reading material here (pdf.)
    • Points awarded: max 25 p; minimum requirement 8 p
    • Best applicants will be invited to an online interview by the points of Pretasks A & B.
  2. Online Interview
    • Invitations sent by email between 22 – 24 April
    • Individual online interviews (about 30 min – video connection required) between 27 – 29 April
    • Points awarded: max 25p; minimum requirement 5p

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Student selection methods: SAT test, entrance examination in Finland, entrance examination outside Finland

SAT test results submitted by 8 April 2020

  • Required score: at least 500 in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and 500 in the Mathematics section
  • See instructions at www.xamk.fi/sat

Exams outside Finland during 10-15 March 2020

  • Content of the exam:
    • Part 1: Mathematics, logical deduction, Physics, Chemistry and learning prerequisites. Of Physics and Chemistry, you can choose which questions to answer. Be prepared to apply the SWOT analysis method and familiarise yourself with the degree programme’s curriculum.
    • Part 2: English language test for all applicants (evaluated pass/fail).
  • Minimum score for a passed examination: 10/40, in addition all examination parts must be completed successfully.
  • Cooperation in entry exams: yes, list of cooperating universities is available at www.finnips.fi
  • Previous exams available for applicants: no

Exam online for applicants registered for the exam in Finland and for cancelled FINNIPS exams in China, South Korea and Hanoi (Vietnam)

The examinations could not be organised on exam locations as planned (Mikkeli 2 April, FINNIPS locations in March). Instead there is a two-phased exam organised online in April.

  • The exam will contain two phases: 1) online exam and 2) online interview. For the exam you will need a computer, and an internet connection.

1) The online exam (mathematics, physics/chemistry + motivation)

  • Opens on Monday April 6th at 10.00 Finnish time
  • Closes 4 hours later at 14.00 Finnish time
  • Points awarded: max 70 p; minimum requirement 20 p
  • Best applicants will be invited to an online interview based on the points of the online exam.

2) The online interview

  • Invitations will be sent on Friday April 17th
  • Individual online interviews (15 to 30 min – video connection required) between April 21st and April 24th
  • Points awarded: max 30p; minimum requirement 10p

Exam participants from outside of Finland can check the Finnish time e.g. with the Time and Date website: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/finland/helsinki

Further information will be sent to applicants by email on Friday 3rd April.

  • Cooperation in entry exams: yes, list of universities involved in cooperation is available here
  • Previous exams available for applicants: no

 

MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES

 

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Student selection methods: pre-assignment and CV

  • The entrance exam for 27 March will not be organised as planned. Instead, students for the programme will be selected on the basis of pre-assignment and CV submitted by 6 April. New instructions for student selection have been sent to applicants on 19 March.
  • Minimum score for a passed result: 40/100 points, in addition a passed evaluation of English language skills is required.
  • Cooperation in entry exams: no
  • Previous exams available for applicants: no

 

Changes in entrance exams in Spring 2020:

In order to comply with the Finnish government recommendations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the entrance examinations in Finland in Spring 2020 for the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programmes are arranged online.

Entrance examinations outside Finland

The following degree programmes at Xamk arrange entry exams outside Finland during the Joint Application, Spring 2020:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Game Design
  • Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Environmental Engineering
  • Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Information Technology

The preferred exam location is selected on the application form. The possibility for an exam outside Finland is not available in autumn application periods.

The entrance examinations outside Finland are arranged by the FINNIPS network . The exams for spring 2020 will be held in 10-15 March 2020. The exam locations are decided on a yearly basis. Please note that changes may occur.

Entrance examination invitations will be sent by e-mail approximately one week prior to the entrance examination at the latest.

Exam locations in spring 2020

  • Brazil
  • China
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Mexico
  • Russia
  • South-Korea
  • Vietnam

You select your entry exam location on the application form. The possibility to take the exam outside Finland is only available for selected degree programmes in spring application round.

 

Read more about FINNIPS at www.finnips.fi.

Individual arrangements in entrance examinations

You may request for individual arrangements for taking the entrance examination on particular grounds. The application for individual arrangements must be submitted to the admission services of all the UAS you are applying to. All higher education institutions use their own application form and it is available on their website.
Application form for individual arrangements for Xamk entry exams (available in the beginning of the application period)

Please enclose to your application copies of certificates that validate your need for individual arrangements (e.g. a doctor’s certificate or an equivalent statement on the type of disability/illness at hand or a statement of dyslexia or learning disability). If you are applying for additional time because of dyslexia, a statement from a speech therapist, qualified special education teacher, psychologist familiar with dyslexia or a specialist (e.g. children’s neurologist, neurologist or phoniatrist) should be enclosed. The statement should entail which support measures you need due to dyslexia. In addition, the applicant should also submit a similar statement, if available, from the Finnish matriculation examination board.

How long the certificate or statement is valid, is assessed case by case depending on the durability of the disability, illness or learning disability. Statement of dyslexia are valid when they have been issued at 16 years or later.

Do not send original copies of any statements or certificates. If you are accepted to a study place, be prepared to present the original copies when the studies commence, if you are admitted to study at Xamk.

In case the issue entitling you to individual arrangements already exists during the application period, the application for special arrangements must be submitted:

  • Spring application (January): by 29 January 2020, 3 pm Finnish time
  • Autumn application (September) by 23 September 2020, 3 pm Finnish time

The higher education institution is not obliged to provide individual arrangements if the application is not submitted by the deadline.

If the issue entitling you to individual arrangements emerges or is identified between the end of the application period and the entrance examination date, you must submit the application for individual arrangements to the admission services of each UAS arranging the examinations that you intent to take without delay. The UAS may deny the right to individual arrangements if such arrangements are impossible to implement, for example because of schedule-related reasons.

Decisions on individual arrangements for entrance examinations are specific to each programme choice and a decision is only valid on a specific examination date. If you are dissatisfied with the arrangements stated on the decision, you can promptly contact the university of applied sciences, which can adjust the previous decision if necessary. After you have got the final admission results in joint application, you can make request for adjustment to the decision on individual arrangement as part of student selection appeal procedure.

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