Which assessments are needed to apply for Cambridge?

If you are applying to study at Cambridge, there are two types of assessment you may have to go through; pre-interview and at interview assessments. In this post we will explain the types of assessment you will come across, exactly which assessment you will have to take for your chosen subject and some information about the test itself.

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If you are applying to study at Cambridge, there are two types of assessment you may have to go through; pre-interview and at interview assessments.

In this post we will explain the types of assessment you will come across, exactly which assessment you will have to take for your chosen subject and some information about the test itself.

 

 

Pre-interview assessments

Pre-interview assessments are required for a number of undergraduate courses as a part of the application process. If you are applying to course that requires a pre-interview assessment you must register before the UCAS Oxbridge deadline of the 15th of October. This is a separate registration/application to your UCAS form. Late registrations aren’t accepted so don’t leave it until it’s too late! The tests are usually around 2 hours long, but this depends on the test you will be taking. None of these assessments have a fee other than the BMAT test for Medicine.

 

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There are pre-interview assessments which take place on the following dates:

  • 30 October 2019
  • 4 November 2020
  • 3 November 2021
  • 2 November 2022

 

 

At-interview assessment

At-interview assessments are taken, as the name would suggest, at your Cambridge interview date. Cambridge interviews take place during the first three weeks of December so this is when you would be taking the assessment.
Unlike pre-interview assessments, you do not need to register to sit the test. At-interview assessments do not have any fees associated with them.

 

 

Which pre-interview assessment will you need for your course/subject?

This table will tell you exactly which test you need to register for and begin preparation for, the sections and how long you have for it.

 

Course name Pre-interview assessment Section 1 (multiple choice) Section 2
Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic Admissions Assessment (ASNCAA) Reading Comprehension (60 minutes) Critical response to text(s) (60 minutes)
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Admissions Assessment (AMESAA) Reading Comprehension (60 minutes) Critical response to text(s) (60 minutes)
Chemical Engineering Chemical Engineering via Engineering (H810) requires the Engineering Admissions Assessment (ENGAA).

Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences (H813) requires the Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment (NSAA).

Economics Economics Admissions Assessment (ECAA) Multiple choice questions in Mathematics (60 minutes) Essay on topic of economic interest (60 minutes)
Engineering Engineering Admissions Assessment (ENGAA) Maths/Physics (80 minutes) Multiple choice covering Physics and Maths (40 minutes)
English You will need to take ELAT.
Geography Geography Admissions Assessment (GAA) Thinking Skills and Reading Comprehension (80 minutes) Interpretation of graphical data (40 minutes)
History History Admissions Assessment (HAA) Reading Comprehension (60 minutes) Critical response to text(s) (60 minutes)
History and Modern Languages* History Admissions Assessment (HAA)and MML at-interview assessment Reading Comprehension (60 minutes) Critical response to text(s) (60 minutes)
History and Politics You will need to take the History Admissions Assessment (HAA)
Human, Social, and Political Sciences Human, Social, and Political Sciences Admissions Assessment (HSPSAA) Reading Comprehension (60 minutes) Essay (60 minutes)
Land Economy You will need to take TSA: Section 1.
Medicine You will need to take BMAT.
Natural Sciences Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment (NSAA) Maths/Science (80 minutes) Structured sets of Physics/Chemistry/Biology (open response) (40 minutes)
Veterinary Medicine Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment (NSAA) Maths/Science (80 minutes) Structured sets of Physics/Chemistry/Biology (open response) (40 minutes)

Information from: https://www.admissionstesting.org/for-test-takers/cambridge-pre-interview-assessments/

 

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Which subjects have an at-interview assessment?

A general idea of the format of the test and how long the assessment takes.

 

Subject Format
Archaeology Essay/text response element (60 minutes)
Architecture Writing skills (30 minutes) Graphic and spatial ability (30 minutes)
Classics (3-year) Translation exercise (60 minutes)
Classics (4-year) Language aptitude interview (20 minutes)
Computer Science1 TBC – Information about the assessment format will be published here as soon as it is available.
History and Modern Languages Discursive response in Foreign Language(40 minutes)Discursive response in English (20 minutes)(Pre-interview assessment also taken – see note below)
History of Art Structured comparison of images(60 minutes)
Law Cambridge Law Test(Essay version; 60 minutes)
Modern and Medieval Languages Discursive response in Foreign Language(40 minutes)Discursive response in English (20 minutes)
Philosophy Multiple choice logic problems (20 minutes)Essay (40 minutes)
Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion Brief lecture followed by written response (60 minute

Information from: https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/admissions-assessments/at-interview

 

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Admissions tests play a huge part in gaining an interview and, ultimately, your place at Cambridge. Make sure you’re properly prepared for whichever admissions test you have to take.

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