Entrance Exam

“To offer admission irrespective of social, racial, religious and financial considerations to students of the highest intellectual potential who are committed to develop not just academically, but morally and socially”



The Milestone Institute’s success is rooted in the high calibre of its students and faculty. As such, the Institute is deeply committed to enhancing access to the education it provides, whilst increasing diversity, forging new partnerships and helping both students and faculty achieve outstanding international results. In addition, the Milestone Institute strives to maintain the highest educational standards and to develop further the breadth and quality of its teaching and learning.

About the exam

The Milestone Institute’s programmes are open to students from all backgrounds regardless of subject interest; the sole condition for admission is the successful completion of the entrance examination followed by an invitation to interview. Through the admission procedure the Institute aims to select those students who are best suited to make the most of the Milestone educational programme and who are equipped to become valuable members of the Milestone alumni community.

Entry examinations take place on Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 am or 14:00 at the Milestone Institute. Applications should be submitted by 13th February for examination on weekend of 23rd and 24th February.  Applications received after this date will be allocated a second examination weekend at a later date. The final deadline for all applications is 13th March(WE HAVE EXTENDED OUR APPLICATION DEADLINE TO THE 20TH OF MARCH!)

The language of the entrance examination is English and consisting of three tests; if successful, the applicant will be invited for an interview of approximately 20 minutes at the beginning of April. The tests primarily measure a student’s aptitude for logical thinking, problem-solving and the ability to write in English. If invited for interview, the first part of the interview will require the applicant to summarise and discuss a video lecture that will be sent out before the event, while the second part focuses on the student’s interests, academic record and any competition results he or she may have. In certain circumstances Senior Year applicants may be invited to attend a second, subject specific interview. The initial application form is an important part of the process, and applicants are, therefore, recommended to provide as much information as possible.

How to Prepare? 

The best way to prepare for the examination is through conversation, reading, the watching of films in English and by familiarisation with the Institute’s module catalogue, programme structure and student societies. It is recommended to watch the examination video several times before the interview, and to reflect on the questions asked on the online application form. Up-to-date knowledge of contemporary affairs and/or of developments in a specific field of interest will also weigh in an applicant’s favour. It is the intention of the Milestone Institute that, whatever the outcome, applicants taking the entrance examination should receive a positive experience and one that will contribute to their plans for further study.

Conditions of Entry

To apply, students have to fill out and submit the online application form. In order for their application to be considered, they must have an average of 4 (a B in the British or American system) on their last available transcript (except those students applying for the Freshman year), a copy of which has to be uploaded as part of the online application.

Admissions for the 2019/20 academic year are now closed.

Results and Feedback

The likely outcome of an online application that meets our requirements is an invitation to sit our entrance exam. The possible outcomes of the examination are ‘successful’ (invitation to interview), ‘unsuccessful’ (not invited for interview) and ‘waitlist’.  Waitlisted candidates may be invited to interview after the second round of examinations has been completed. After the interview period students will be notified of ‘offer’ (directly admitted to the programme), ‘unsuccessful’ (not admitted to the programme) and ‘waitlist’. Waitlisted candidates will be notified once the number of remaining places (if any) has been ascertained.   In some cases, it may be decided to offer a place to a candidate who, it is felt, would benefit from an additional year in order to refine his or her areas of interests. It should be noted that the policy of Institute is not to publish or make known any scores or test results. However, unsuccessful applicants may request personal feedback on their performance by writing to admissions@msinst.org.

All applicants will be notified by 12th April as to the result of their application. Acceptance of a place is required by 20th April and contracting should be completed by 30th April for the commencement of the Academic year.

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