What is the difference between an admission on title and a parallel competition?

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If you have a bac +2 or a bac +3/4 and you wish to continue your studies in a business school, your integration will be carried out by competitive examination . This competition can be an AST ( admission on title) or a parallel competition :

  • admission on title is dedicated to joint competitions ;
  • the parallel competition includes joint competitions and competitions offered by a business school.

What is an admission on title (AST)?

Admission on title is a competition allowing students with a bac +2 or a bac +3 to access a large school by presenting a file , without going through the preparatory classes . It is a springboard put in place to give students a better chance of realizing their dream.

Indeed, it was impossible to integrate the big business schools without spending 2 years at the CPGE and taking the very selective competition . Thus, a student can present his file to the school in which he wishes to continue his studies, provided that he has a DUT, a BTS, a license or a validated master.

Selectors will go through the first step of paying close attention to letters of recommendation. After which, the applicant can take the next test (different from one school to another). This usually involves oral interviews to find out the motivation of the student. The main advantage of AST is that the results are transparent.

What is the principle of admission by competition?

An admission by competition is an admission test open to all students with a required diploma , and wishing to continue their studies in a Grande Ecole. The diploma in question can be a baccalaureate , or a bac + as part of a parallel admission .

The competition in question takes the form of written tests covering several subjects. These differ by school and admission level. The school itself chooses the subjects and the exercise offered. The latter can be a dissertation, a text analysis, a language test or a general knowledge test.

When the student has passed the first competition , called admission , he is then subjected to another test. This test consists of a mini- oral interview , the subject and nature of which depend on the school organizing it.

The entrance examination generally takes place in an examination centre, while the oral test takes place within the school itself. For a student with a validated license or master’s degree, and wishing to continue his studies in a Grande Ecole, the application file must be flawless.

What are the differences between an admission on title and an admission by competition?

There is a major difference between admission on title and admission by competition :

  • admission by competitive examination is considered to be the classic route requiring going through a preparatory school. It is an independent competition allowing to integrate a single school;
  • the admission on title is carried out following the examination of a candidate: his diploma , his integrity, his motivation and the irreproachability of his file . The written tests are common, but the oral ones take place in the school where the student has been admitted.

What are the benefits of title-based admissions?

According to the figures, half of the enrollment in a master’s class comes from admission on title. The advantages of this type of competition are numerous:

  • students have a better chance of passing the exam thanks to the varied tests ;
  • the competition is unique and allows students to join several management schools ;
  • Depending on the preference and situation of the student, he can choose between single or multiple sessions;
  • enrollment in the Grande École program is relatively simple;
  • the student can prove his motivation via a letter of recommendation;
  • the student can submit his application to several management schools ;
  • admission is open to students who have not been trained in France.

Integrate a Grande Ecole program in 3rd or 4th year with admissions on title

Admissions by qualification have been set up with the aim of maximizing the chances of students entering the 3rd or 4th year of a Grande Ecole. If the student succeeds in his admission on title, he will be able to integrate a school of management thanks to the joint competition Ambitions +.

For those who participate in the competition with a BTS/DUT, this process will allow them to join a Grande Ecole Program.

Students with a bac +2 will benefit from an upgrade to have all the necessary baggage during the master’s degree. Those who hold a bachelor ‘s degree will be able to directly integrate a specialization which will last 2 years.

The refresher course concerns all students , whatever their training (law, economics, marketing, etc.). Succeeding in parallel admissions or on qualifications will facilitate integration into the professional world, because each student benefits from a double skill: that acquired when obtaining their bac +2 and bac +3, and the diploma of the Grande École Program .

What are the competitions for admission on title?

For students with a bac +2, bac +3 or students in full preparation, here are the competitions to consider with regard to common competitions :

The Ambitions Competition

This is the key to one of the 4 major business and management schools in Paris, namely EBS, EDC, ESCE and IPAG. The student will have the choice between 7 sessions which take place between February and September. The competition is in two parts: written and oral .

The Gateway Competition

By taking part in this competition consisting of three written and two oral tests , the student will be able to join several business schools .

Springboard 1 & 2 contest

This competition allows you to enter a business school without completing a year of preparatory class. Accessible only to students who have validated at least a bac +2, whatever the course of study, the competition is carried out in 7 stages, including the written tests , the admissibility phase and the oral tests .

Updated 28 January 2022