Additional learning requirements (OFA)


At the beginning of the academic year, the students admitted to the Animal Care course have to take a test to assess their basic science knowledge (biology, math, physics, chemistry, English B2 level). This evaluation is crucial to ensure that students have an adequate level of preparation and, if not, assign additional learning requirements (ALR or OFA: Obblighi Formativi Aggiuntivi) for each subject. Questions to check the candidate's knowledge of English at a B2 level will only be given to students who do not have a B2 certification. English native speakers or students who have obtained a certification (one of those listed at by July 31, 2023 or those that have an upper secondary school leaving qualification in English will not have to answer the questions of assessment of the English B2 level.

Students who fail the test to determine the basic science knowledge in one or more subjects will be assigned a specific OFA to be met by passing a test for the given subject.

OFA are assigned for the following subjects:  Biology,  Chemistry,  Mathematics,  Physics,  Knowledge of English language (B2 level)

Passing the OFA is fundamental to be admitted to the related exams.

In the event that the OFA were not met by 30th September of the first year, the student is enrolled for the following academic year as if he/she were repeating the first year. The student can take the exams of the 2nd year, as planned in the degree program, only once the OFA attributed have been satisfied.

OFA tests dates

Students will find the scheduled dates to meet OFA at this link:

OFA tests

The OFA test for each subject is an online quiz consisting of 15 multiple-choice questions, with only one correct answer among those listed for each question.

OFA is passed with 8 correct answers. Maximum time: 20 minutes. 

The test results are given at the end of the quiz by the overall feedback.

The feedback "You passed the test" or "You failed the test" is shown to students after they have completed the quiz.

How to take the test

Click on "Take the OFA test now" and login using your Unipd credentials (SSO). Here you will find two links:

  • Connect with your smartphone to the zoom link. Teachers will use the smartphone connection before taking the test to check your identity (it is, therefore, necessary to have an official identification document at hand). During the test, the smartphone will be used as a camera to allow teachers to monitor students, to check that you do not have any notes, books, or other reference material on the desk and that you are not using your PC for online research. Before starting the test, we will check if the location of the smartphone is suitable to control your workstation. The smartphone should be placed behind you or sideways and in a stable position. It must allow teachers to see the desk and the monitor of your PC or Tablet. During the Zoom meeting connection, please switch on the microphone.
  • Click then on the test link with your computer/tablet. You will need a password that we will give you during the connection.



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There will not be any preparatory course.

Additional information

OFA and related exams