ESAT Preparation Courses

The ESAT exam replaces the NSAA and ENGAA exams, aligning closely with the format of the NSAA.

At the heart of this assessment is a core Maths section, a compulsory section, accompanied by two additional sections, allowing candidates to choose from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or additional Mathematics.

With a reduced time frame of 40 minutes per section (compared to the NSAA exam), the ESAT aims to evaluate candidates' science and maths knowledge. As you navigate through this hub, discover essential information about the exam, gain insights into preparation strategies, and equip yourself for success in the competitive admissions process.

What is the ESAT?

The ESAT (Engineering and Science Admissions Test) is a 2-hour exam released in 2024. stands as the gateway to securing a position at the University of Cambridge for the following courses:

  • Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
  • Engineering
  • Natural Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine

Designed to assess the aptitude of prospective students in the fields of engineering and science, this exam is a new and crucial element of the admission process. Replacing the NSAA and ENGAA exams, the ESAT retains the essence of the NSAA. It has a focus on Maths as a compulsory section. In addition, candidates must sit two sections from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or additional Mathematics (depending on your course choice) with each section allocated 40 minutes for completion.

The ESAT is scheduled to take place between the 15th and 17th of October at Pearson Vue centers worldwide, presenting an opportunity for aspiring Cambridge students to showcase their academic prowess.

How To Prepare for the ESAT

Although the ESAT is a new exam, students can effectively begin their preparations for the exam due to the information released by the University of Cambridge.

We currently recommend students use practice materials from the NSAA and ENGAA exams which the ESAT has replaced. The sections required in the ESAT will depend on your course choice, so for the NSAA this is likely to be the sciences, whereas Engineering is likely to require further Maths.

You can boost your ESAT score by working with an expert tutor here at UniAdmissions, guiding you through the process and offering experienced insight into the new exam.

We will also be running a live ESAT Intensive Course and creating an ESAT Academy which will give you access to a pre-recorded video series walking you through the exam.

Which ESAT Preparation Programme Is Best For Me?


Oxbridge Programmes Including ESAT Preparation

Preparing your Cambridge university application is not a simple process. The success rates are very competitive and there are many hurdles to clear to reach your offer.

We have developed Programmes of support to boost your chance of success for admission on your chosen course at Cambridge. These are the:

Alongside ESAT preparation, we can teach you how to write a perfect Personal Statement to boost your impression on the university and offer guidance on acing your Interviews. You will have over 170 hours of study time made up of many avenues of learning including expert-led 1-1 Tuition, Intensive Group Teaching and an Online Course.

Our ESAT Specific Preparation Programme

We have supported hundreds of students with their Cambridge admissions tests over the years and have gained a critical understanding of what Cambridge Admissions Tutors are looking for.

The ESAT Preparation Programme is the most comprehensive ESAT support you will find. Our expert Tutors will help you to identify and improve the areas you find most difficult to ensure you score highly. The Programme also offers a reserved space on our Intensive Course and access to online revision support. If you are only looking for support with the ESAT exam, then this is the perfect Programme to help boost your score rapidly.

Enter your email to regularly receive ESAT resources.

Simply enter your email to be sent insightful ESAT guides, tips and articles.

UniAdmissions Student Success Stories logo

Discover Our Student's Success Stories

Cambridge Engineering

“Consistently practising with UniAdmissions helped me gain a lot of confidence and the Cambridge Interview ended up going well.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Through our decade of experience in the Oxbridge application space, UniAdmissions has dealt with many exam and test specification changes. We have a deep understanding of the questions and topics for every admissions test offered by Oxford or Cambridge. We are able to use this understanding, alongside any information released by the universities themselves, to quickly develop accurate resources and train our tutors accordingly.

We work with a limited number of students each year to ensure we can provide the best support suited for their particular needs.

Our Programmes have a structured syllabus, however, we tweak elements of the syllabus so the student is able to gain the most out of our support.

First and foremost, we assess whether the potential student has the right academic capabilities and profile to be realistically accepted to study at Cambridge.

Secondly, we assess whether the student is capable and willing to put in the time required to create a strong application for Cambridge.

Finally, we assess the student’s attitude and reasoning behind applying to their subject. This is one of our most important considerations.

If a student has below-average (but still realistic) grades, but the correct attitude, we would consider accepting them onto our Programme. Unfortunately, if the inverse is the case, it’s unlikely the student would be accepted onto the Programme. Admissions Tutors look for passion, not just academic potential.

We do have ideal start times at points throughout the year, however, the syllabus can be adapted to suit your particular start time if you are accepted onto the Programme. Our Admissions Consultants can help you understand the Programme timeline in your specific case – all you need to do is ask.