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At-interview written assessments

The table below summarises the At-interview written assessment required for each course for 2017 entry.

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 Maths-based problems (100 minutes)
Education Critical response to text or other stimulus
(60 minutes)
History and Modern Languages Discursive response in Foreign Language
(40 minutes)
Discursive response in English (20 minutes)
History of Art Structured comparison of images
(60 minutes)
Land Economy Thinking Skills Assessment
(Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; 90 minutes)
Law Cambridge Law Test
(comprehensive version; 60 minutes)
Linguistics Structured analysis of language data (20 minutes)
Analysis of quantitative data (20 minutes)
Short essay (20 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)

Please note:

  • there is no common format written assessment for Mathematics (applicants will continue to sit STEP in June 2017), Colleges will assess aptitude, knowledge base and potential through short tasks at the time of interview2
  • there is no common format written assessment for Music, Colleges will assess aptitude, knowledge base and potential through short tasks at the time of interview
  • applicants to History and Modern Languages will sit an assessment pre and at-interview
  • applicants to Chemical Engineering will sit the assessment in their chosen route (Natural Sciences or Engineering)

Where and when will the at-interview assessments take place?

If the course you're applying for requires a written assessment at interview, you'll take this when you're in Cambridge for interview (if interviewed).

Most interviews take place during the first three weeks of December. The College will provide details of arrangements for the written assessment in the letter inviting you to interview, as well as information about the interview itself, and if you have any queries please contact the relevant College for clarification.

In most cases, you'll take the written assessment on the same day as your interview.

Is there a registration requirement for at-interview assessments?

You don't need to register or be registered for written assessments at interview.

If you have a disability/Specific Learning Difficulty/long-term medical condition/injury, we strongly recommend that you disclose this and provide any relevant information in your UCAS application so that appropriate adjustments to the interview process (including written assessments) can be made, if needed. If you have any access requirements that you haven't disclosed in your UCAS application, please contact the College as early as possible to discuss these.

Does it cost anything to take an at-interview assessment?

There aren't any charges associated with taking any written assessments at interview in Cambridge.

Information for EU/overseas applicants

For those candidates being interviewed in Cambridge, the arrangements for at-interview assessments remain the same.

For candidates interviewed overseas, at-interview assessments will usually take place in the same week as interviews in that country. Details of at-interview admissions assessments are normally supplied to shortlisted applicants together with details of their interview.

1For Computer Science candidates interviewed overseas, a written Maths assessment will be administered by the overseas interviewing team instead of the CSAT. This will then be made available to the Cambridge College along with the overseas interview report.  

2For Mathematics candidates interviewed overseas, a written Maths assessment will be administered by the overseas interviewing team which will then be made available to the Cambridge College along with the overseas interview report.

Cambridge Application Deadline

15 OCT

The application deadline for 2018 entry is the 15 October 2017, 6:00pm (UK time).

University term dates

2016-17
4 Oct - 2 Dec 2016 (Michaelmas)
17 Jan - 17 Mar 2017 (Lent)
25 Apr - 16 Jun 2017 (Easter) 

2017-18
3 Oct - 1 Dec 2017 (Michaelmas)
16 Jan - 16 Mar 2018 (Lent)
24 Apr - 16 Jun 2018 (Easter)

2018-19
2 Oct - 30 Nov 2018 (Michaelmas)
15 Jan - 15 Mar 2019 (Lent)
23 Apr - 104Jun 2019 (Easter)

The Application Process