University Entrance Exam (PAU)

The University Entrance Exam (PAU) is divided into two phases: general and specific. Students who pass the general phase (compulsory for all) may apply for admission to Spanish universities. The University of Oviedo convenes two annual sittings, one in June and another in July.

In the 2009-2010 academic year, a new model of the University Entrance Exam was implemented in which the structure and approach was changed to link the exam more to the studies that students want to do. In general, the student's profile becomes more important, especially if applying to studies with limited admission. It is the student who selects the subjects of the chosen field of study in which to take the exam.

The University Entrance Exam is structured around the concept of a student applying for admission to undergraduate studies:

opportunity that a student has to enter either a public or private Spanish university. This occurs when admission requirements are met in some way [University Entrance Exam (PAU), Higher-Level Vocational Training Cycles (CFGS), Entrance Exam for mature students over 25, etc.].
prerogative of universities to select incoming students for those studies with limited places. In public universities, this is done on a competitive, transparent, single university district basis.

Baccalaureate students have a regular June exam sitting and a special July sitting. Students coming from a Degree in Higher Technician, or equivalent, who wish to apply for studies with limited admission may opt to take the specific phase exam.

The new model is structured in two phases:

General (compulsory):
This tests the student's maturity and basic skills (understanding information, use of language, basic understanding of a foreign language and knowledge of a subject belonging to their corresponding branch of baccalaureate studies). Passing the exam enables the student to apply to university at any time as its validity does not expire.
Specific (voluntary):
This tests the student's knowledge and reasoning capacity in fields of study related to the degree course the student wishes to pursue and enables the student to raise the mark received in the general phase. Only passed subjects are taken into account and the marks are only valid for two academic years. It determines the marks counting towards admission in the case of limited admission studies.

Students with the Degree of Higher Technician or equivalent

The new legislation passed by the Spanish Government (BOE 138, dated June 7, 2014) and the University of Oviedo has not changed admission requirements during the 2014-2015; 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years for students coming from Degrees in Higher Technician in Professional Education; Higher Technician in Plastic Arts and Design, or Higher Sports Technician (by presenting the corresponding credentials), but it does allow students to take the specific phase exam to improve their mark and secure a place in a specific degree programme with limited admission. The only requirements are that the subject matter has been passed with a minimum score of 5 and that it is related to the field of study of the degree programme to which the student wishes to apply.

Students may choose either to apply directly to university with the marks obtained in the Degrees in Higher Technician or Sports Technician, or to sit the specific phase of the university entrance exam for the sole purpose of raising their mark. The aim of this measure is to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to apply to those degree programmes with limited admission.

Further information

At the Admissions Unit in the Office of the Pro Vice-chancellor for Students (Calle Gonzalez Besada, 13, Oviedo)

985 10 41 15




University Entrance Exam Centers

Dates and Timetables

Basic Legislation

  • Orden ECD/1941/2016, de 22 de diciembre, por la que se determinan las características, el diseño y el contenido de la evaluación de Bachillerato para el acceso a la Universidad, las fechas máximas de realización y de resolución de los procedimientos de revisión de las calificaciones obtenidas, para el curso 2016/2017.
  • Real Decreto-ley 5/2016, de 9 de diciembre, de medidas urgentes para la ampliación del calendario de implantación de la Ley Orgánica 8/2013, de 9 de diciembre, para la mejora de la calidad educativa.
  • Resolución de 1 de febrero de 2017, de la Consejería de Educación y Cultura, por la que se organiza la prueba de evaluación de Bachillerato para el acceso a la universidad correspondiente al año académico 2016-2017.
  • Real Decreto 310/2016, de 29 de julio, por el que se regulan las evaluaciones finales de Educación Secundaria Obligatoria y de Bachillerato
  • RD 412/2014, de 6 de junio, por el que se establece la normativa básica de los procedimientos de admisión a las enseñanzas universitarias oficiales de Grado (BOE 7-6-2014)