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Admission requirements

Key requirements

- Candidates must be under 26 years of age on January 1st, 2014
- Candidates must have completed 2 to 3 years of undergraduate studies in Science
- An excellent command of Mathematics is a key to success
- Candidates cannot be French citizens
- Candidates cannot apply more than once
- Candidates meet medical defined criteria of physical condition

Moreover, candidates cannot have been enrolled neither in preparatory classes for French Grandes Ecoles, nor in a preparation curriculum for an engineering school within a university in France, nor in a French Grande Ecole, nor in final year of a Master's degree, nor in a doctoral program.

No knowledge of the French language is required for applications. The full application process as well as the examinations can be conducted in English.

Required level and guidelines to prepare the entrance exams

Excellent commands of Mathematics and/or Physics are keys to success : see a list of recommended knowledge in Mathematics (in English) and in Physics (in English).

The written exam is a multiple-choice questions (MCQs). This sort of test requires a special method of preparation. To see how it looks (in French).

Oral exams consist in solving 1 or 2 questions in Mathematics, in Physics and to comment on a scientific article issued in one of the greatest international reviews: here some examples of problems you can have to answer to.

More to come


Admission becomes final after the student has passed an official French language test. This test takes place before the scientific classes start and is organized at Ecole Polytechnique by a specialized institution whose standard is officially recognized by the President of Ecole Polytechnique.

In case a candidate does not reach the minimum score required and if the President decides so, he/she can be allowed by a President's decision to take the test again before the end of the 1st year of studies. In case of failure, he/she is definitely crossed off the students' list.

French-speaking candidates may be exempted from the test.