University Selection Test-PSU in Chile

The University Selection Test (In Spanish: Prueba de Seleccion Universitaria, or PSU) is a standardized tests required to be taken in order to gain admission into the university studies in Chile. Students after the completion of the secondary education must undertake the PSU exam for entry into the higher education in Chile. The university Selection Test is prepared and organized by the Department of Evaluation, Measurement and educational Registry (el Departamento de Evaluacion, Medicion y Registro Educacional, or DEMRE) that works under the University of Chile (la Universidad de Chile). 

This test is terminated in 2020.

The University Selection Test comprises of 3 compulsory test and 2 electives.

Compulsory tests are: 
  • Mathematics
  • Language and communication
Elective tests are:
  • Science that covers physics, biology and chemistry; 
  • Geography, History and Social Sciences
Candidates must undertake the compulsory and at least 1 elective test depending on the programme they wish to go for at the university level. The PSU score requirement varies from institution to institution. The universities in Chile set their own score requirement.

Eligibility Criteria

Students who have completed their secondary education are eligible to take the PSU test. 


Candidates must register for the PSU test at the registration portal. They must have a valid ID card in order to register for the test. For registration log on to

PSU Structure

Compulsory Tests

Language and Communication
  • No. of questions: 80
  • Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
PSU Mathematics
This test is a mathematical reasoning test where reasoning skills and general mathematical methods for solving the problem are used.
  • No. of questions: 80
  • Duration: 2 hours and 40 minutes
  • Type of question: Multiple-choice with 5 choices

Elective Subject Tests

PSU History, Geography and Social Sciences
  • No. of questions: 80
  • Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
PSU Science 
The PSU Science test comprises of chemistry, biology, physics and technical-professional subjects. 
  • No. of questions: 80 in each science module 

Scoring and Results

Standard scale scores: A common scale of 150 to 850 points is used, with an average of 500 points and standard deviation of 110 points. A corrected score (PC) is taken out by adding up all the correct answers. The standard score helps to compare scores with each other. 
Based on the score points, percentile is given. The percentile is the value below which there is a certain percentage of the population.

To know more about the University Selection Test (PSU) in Chile, visit the official website of Department of Evaluation, Measurement and Educational Registry (DEMRE)
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