dMAT – apply for your Master’s programme

Made by universities – for universities

The dMAT is the digital entrance exam for Master’s programmes in Germany. It is developed by universities in cooperation with g.a.s.t.
The dMAT certificate shows that you are qualified for selected degree programmes.
The dMAT is an additional proof of your previous academic achievements and degrees.

So far, the dMAT is available for the subject Electrical Engineering. In the future it will also be available for other subjects.
You can take it in English or German.

The dMAT is offered digitally at test centres appointed by the Gesellschaft für Akademische Studienvorbereitung und Testentwicklung e.V. (g.a.s.t.).

Which universities use the dMAT?

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is the first university to make the dMAT an admission requirement

  • for the Master’s Program in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (ETIT),
    information on admission here, and
  • for the Master’s Program in Mechatronics,
    information on admission here.

This is how the dMAT is structured


The dMAT consists of two modules: a core module and a subject-specific module.

The core module measures general study aptitude and consists of three subtests testing general cognitive skills.

The subject modules measure subject-specific aptitude. For this purpose, the subject knowledge acquired during previous studies and the ability to apply this knowledge are tested. The tasks consist of a combination of a typical problem and related questions. The dMAT therefore requires specialised knowledge and application skills, but not purely memorised factual knowledge.

The duration of the examination is three and a half hours with a break between the examination modules.

The dMAT certificate

The certificate shows your results on two scales:
– the percentile rank
– the dMAT score

The percentile rank indicates what percentage of the other participants received a lower or equally good result. For example, a percentile rank of 70 means: 70% of all participants got a lower score or the same score while 30% achieved a higher score. A university can use the percentile rank for a cut score (e.g. select the 10 % best applicants).

The dMAT score is a conversiona of the total number of correct answers to to a value between 0 and 200. The mean (average) is 100. The dMAT score can be used to compare results between all test modules and item groups. The dMAT score is shown for the core module and the subject module respectively.

The total score results from the addition of both values.

Because the dMAT is a standardised test, both scores always refer to all participants (at all test centres and on each test date).

Universities decide individually how to use the dMAT results. Please inform yourself directly via the websites of the universities.

The dMAT certificate is valid indefinitely. As soon as the results are available, you can download your certificate in your participant portal.

Information for universities

If you would like to use the dMAT with existing subject modules or are interested in additional subject modules for other subjects, please contact us:

The use of the dMAT is free of charge for universities. We offer cooperation models for the development of new subject modules.