Physical aptitude test

Prospective bachelor degree and teacher education students must complete a physical aptitude test to demonstrate their physical capacity to perform during their sport science studies. This test is carried out annually at all universities in Baden-Württemberg that have a sport science study programme.

Dates and deadlines

The physical aptitude test takes place once a year, usually at end of May or beginning of June. You need to register for the test by May 15th at one of the universities in Baden-Württemberg. The dates of each year will be announced before the registration period.

Date of test

Date of retest

Registration period

08 June 2018

03 July 2018

15 March - 15 May

In the Event that a large number of applicants register for the test, the board of examiners may extend the testing period to two days.

Applicants may take part in the retest if:

  • they had to abort their test attempt
  • they suffered an injury during the test
  • they did not pass the test
  • they were not able to take the test due to an illness/accident (medical certificate from a doctor is needed)

Registration and fees

In addition to the application form, a medical  certificate (not older than four months) must be submitted that confirms the applicant’s capacity to carry out sport activities.

Online Registration for the pysical aptitude test (March 15 to May 15)

The University of Konstanz charges a fee of 40 euros for the physical aptitude test (registration, participation, administrative processing).  To have the test results from other universities recognised, an administration fee of 20 euros is charged. Payments will be processed by the university through direct debit processing. A refund of paid fees is not possible.

Recognising test results from other institutions

1. A complete exemption of the test due to substitute certificates is not possible .

2. Partial exemptions are possible if the applicant chose sports as an exam subject for the Abitur (German General higher education entrance qualification) and received at least 8 points. Exam results should be submitted in the form of a school certificate before the registration deadline (May 15).

3.The Abitur exam results in athletics and gymnastics will be accepted, regardless of which disciplines the Student chose for the Abitur exam.

4.Cooper-Test results will not be recognised for the physical aptitude test.

5. Complete recognition of test results from universities outside of Baden-Württemberg is only possible for the following institutions:

University of Bochum, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Technical University of Darmstadt and the German Sport University Cologne

In order to have the test results from these universities recognised, an informal application must be submitted before the registration deadline. This application is fee-based (see fee regulations). Additionally, you must Register for the physical aptitude test before the deadline. 

6.The physical aptitude test results from other universities in Baden-Württemberg will be accepted without restrictions. Test results from teacher training colleges (Pädagogische Hochschulen) will not be accepted.


Performances are required in the following disciplines:

  • Athletics
  • Swimming
  • Gymnastics
  • Ball games (basketball, volleyball, handball, soccer)
  • Rhythmic gymnastics and dance (female applicants only)

The tests in athletics and swimming will be conducted in accordance with the current competition rules of the respective professional associations. In swimming, athletics and ball games, only the disciplines that you selected during registration will be tested.

Detailed information about the performance requirements you can find in the  brochure physical aptitude test (in German only). 

Info-video on rhythm gymnastics test (without apparatus)

Info-video on rhythm gymnastics test (with apparatus)

Info-video gymnastics: parallel bars males

Info-video gymnastics: floor females & males 

Info-video gymnastics: vault females& males 

Info-video gymnastics: horizontal bar females

Successful participants receive a certificate that is valid for the admission processes for the subsequent three years.

E.g.: A certificate issued in 2018 is valid for the admission process of the winter semesters 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21.