The entrance examination has two components, one written and one oral. The written exam comprises of two 20-question multiple-choice tests, one in Biology and one in Chemistry, and an English test for applicants whose language proficiency needs to be confirmed. The oral exam may last anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes, and is the combination of knowledge based questions and a personal interview.
The topics that the exam may cover are:
1. Evolution: chemical and biological aspects
2. Chemical background in Biology: Structure of atoms; Molecules – chemical bonds; Solutions; Chemical reactions; Inorganic constituents; Hydrocarbons; Organic compounds containing Oxygen or Sulphur; Organic com- pounds containing Nitrogen; Carbohydrates; Amino acids and Proteins; Lipids; Vitamins; Nucleic acids.
3. The cell and its organization (morphology and function): Prokaryotes (viruses, bacteria) and Eukaryotes (focus on cilia and flagella, cell wall, cell membrane, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi, lysosome, mitochondrion, plats, ribosome, centriole, nucleus, nucleolus).
4. From cells to tissues of different structure and function (plant and animal tissues as well).
5. Cell division: mitosis and meiosis.
6. Anabolic and catabolic pathways regarding nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids (photosynthesis, bioenergetics included).
7. The physiology of living organisms: respiration, ingestion and digestion, excretion, circulation, endocrine and neural regulation, immunobiology, locomotion.
8. Reproduction and development of animals.
9. Genetics: Mendelian inheritance, human genetics.
10. Basic ethology.
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