2021 Admissions Updates

TEST / COMPONENT
CHANGES
WHAT WE'RE DOING ABOUT IT
BMAT (Medicine)Section 1 question number has been reduced to 32 from 35.
The BMAT Section 1 no longer contains "Data Analysis" questions.
"Critical Thinking" questions now include "Detecting Reasoning Errors", "Matching Arguments" and "Applying Principles".
There will be no September BMAT session - the test can only be sat in November in 2020.
All UniAdmissions BMAT resources are updated in accordance with the specification change.
UCAT (Medicine)Testing is planned to proceed as normal but may have to be delayed - this means the first testing date won't be in early July.
The test can be taken online in 2020.
None required.
LNAT (Law)No changes to the test format or testing schedule.
Candidates must wear face coverings to test centres, which are due to begin testing from September.
None required.
CLT (Law Cambridge)No changes to the format or schedule.None required.
TSA (Various Courses)Geography at Oxford now takes both S1 and S2 of the exam.
Economics & Management at Oxford only takes S1 of the TSA.
We have updated our Programme specification to cover the new requirements.
PBSAA (Psychological & Behavioural Sciences)This test is no longer being used. Some applicants to Cambridge Psychology may still have to sit the admissions test depending on the college they apply to.UniAdmissions will update requirements promptly once the specification has been released.
ELAT (English)No changes to the format or schedule.None required.
MLAT (Modern Languages)The MLAT no longer has a linguistics test section for 2021 entry. Candidates will need to take a maximum of two sections.UniAdmissions will update our resources accordingly.
NSAA (Natural Science Cambridge)"Advanced Maths" and "Advanced Physics" have been removed from Section 1.
In Section 1, students will have to answer Maths questions, plus Physics, Chemistry or Biology depending on the part of the tripos they're aiming to specialise in.
Section 2 has seen a change to the question format - the specification remains the same.
All of UniAdmissions NSAA resources are updated in accordance with the different Section 1 specification and updated Section 2 question format.
Tuition provided will focus on the specialisation the student intends to undertake.
ENGAA (Engineering Cambridge)No changes to the test format or testing schedule.None required.
ECAA (Economics Cambridge)Problem solving has been removed from Section 1.
Section 1 is now split into Section 1A (Maths) and Section 1B (Advanced Maths). Both contain 20 questions.
All UniAdmissions ECAA resources are updated in accordance with the specification change.
(C)TMUA (Maths, Statistics and Computer Science Cambridge)No changes to the format or schedule.None required.
HSPSAA (Human, Social and Political Sciences Cambridge)This test is no longer being used.None required.
History (Cambridge)This will now have an at-interview assessment instead of a pre-interview assessment.UniAdmissions will update requirements promptly once the specification has been released.
AAA (Architecture Cambridge)No changes to the format or schedule.None required.
MAT (Maths Oxford)No changes to the format or schedule.None required.
HAT (History Oxford)No changes to the format or schedule.None required.
PAT (Physics/Engineering Oxford)No changes to the format or schedule.None required.
Interviews CambridgeNo changes to the schedule.
Interviews are likely to be held online.
UniAdmissions will provide guidance on how to interview effectively online through our Interview Intensive Course.
Interview OxfordNo changes to the schedule.
Interviews are likely to be held online.
UniAdmissions will provide guidance on how to interview effectively online through our Interview Intensive Course.
Interview Medical SchoolNo changes to the format or schedule.None required.

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