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 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.
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 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.
Information from: https://www.admissionstesting.org/for-test-takers/cambridge-pre-interview-assessments/
Which subjects have an at-interview assessment?
A general idea of the format of the test and how long the assessment takes.
Information from: https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/admissions-assessments/at-interview