Entrance Exams and Interview

Entrance Exams

Basic Applied Science Institute

Nano science Entrance Exam
Sample Applied and computational Mathematics Entrance Exam
Sample Energy of Materials Entrance Exam
Biotechnology Entrance Exam

Entrance Examination

Students are required to pass successfully an entrance examination that focuses on the students’ academic background in the related program and on their analytical abilities.

Entrance exam will include two parts, one hour each. The first part is a general graduate examination and the second is a technical examination.

The first part is general Exam:

The general examination part (one hour exam) will mainly focus on assessing the student’s creativity required for him/her to make a transition to being a distinguished independent researcher; the exam would include both multiple-choice and essay writing questions to access the student’s ability to think outside of the box (lateral thinking), how well he/she can analyse ideas (mainly analytical and mathematical ability), and finally how practical he/she is to transform ideas into research/artefacts (logical reasoning and scientific arguing abilities).

The second part (Subject Exam):

The technical examination part (one-hour exam) assess the student’s basic scientific background in the following specialization   for each department as follows:

  1. Nanoscience Entrance Exam:
  • General chemistry
  • Materials physics and chemistry
  • Materials analysis
  • Macromolecules and their composites
  • Spectroscopy
  1. Biotechnology Entrance Exam:
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell biology
  • Molecular biology
  • Genetics
  • Drug design
  • Advanced organic chemistry of drug synthesis
  1. Applied and Computational Mathematics Entrance Exam:
  • Differential Equations (ODEs and PEDs)
  • Numerical Analysis.
  • Probability and statistics
  • Fractional Calculus.
  • Linear Algebra.
  1. Energy Materials Entrance Exam:
  • General Physics
  • Semiconductors
  • Physical Electronics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Electronics and Electrical Circuits
  1. Space Environment Entrance Exam:
  • General Physics
  • Solar Physics
  • Space Weather
  • Earth’s Atmosphere
  • Elementary Particles

Personal Interview and Research Proposal Presentation Assessment Criteria

For M.Sc. candidates:

  1. Research ability and potential
    • Knowledge of basics principles in the field
    • Potential for conducting independent experiments/surveys
  2. Presentation skills
    • Originality of the presentation (Percentage taken from web sites, borrowed material)
    • Logic and clearness to expose ideas (looking to audience)
    • Answering questions logic, and consistently
    • Clear and concise spoken English
  3. Personal Character
    • Motivation and neatness
  4. Awards and publication
    • Awards

For PhD candidates:

  1. Research ability and potential
    • Experience in conducting independent experiments/surveys
    • Knowledge of the basics and advances in the major field
    • Capability to develop research tools (programming, software)
    • Clear plan & strategy
  2. Presentation skills
    • Originality of the presentation (Percentage taken from web sites, borrowed material)
    • Clear and concise spoken English
  3. Publications
  • Peer review journal (International)
  • Conference Proc.
  1. Personal Character
    • Team work capability (tracked cooperation)
    • Studying abroad (exchange program)
    • Motivation and neatness

The candidate conducts a 15-minute presentation by PPT (Power Point Presentation) for his/her research proposal in front of an evaluation committee. The presentation is followed by 15-minute discussion with the candidate to evaluate the main points given in the research proposal and to evaluate the candidate’s research potential.

Applicants are required to provide a copy of the research proposal report and a “six slides per page” handout on a white background for the Power Point presentation