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Pre-interview written assessments

The table below summarises the pre-interview written assessment required for each course for 2018 entry. If you have any questions about our written assessments, please contact assessment@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Course name

Pre-interview assessment

Section 1

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)

 

Problem solving and Maths for Economics

80 minutes

Essay on topic of economic interest

40 minutes

Engineering

Engineering Admissions Assessment (ENGAA)

Maths/Physics

80 minutes

Structured sets of multiple-choice Maths and Physics questions

40 minutes

English

English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT)
 

Geography

Geography Admissions Assessment (GAA)

Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) 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

History Admissions Assessment (HAA)

Human, Social, and Political Sciences

Human, Social, and Political Sciences Admissions Assessment (HSPSAA)

Reading Comprehension

60 minutes

Essay

60 minutes

Medicine

BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment (NSAA)

Maths/Science MCQs1

80 minutes

Structured sets of Maths/Physics/Chemistry/Biology (open response)

40 minutes

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Admissions Assessment (PBSAA)

Part A (compulsory)

Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)

Plus either Part B Mathematics and Biology or Part C Reading Comprehension

80 minutes

An essay discussing a quotation. Candidates discuss one quotation from a choice of four.

40 minutes

Veterinary Medicine

Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment (NSAA)

Maths/Science MCQs1

80 minutes

Structured sets of Maths/Physics/Chemistry/Biology (open response)

40 minutes

1 MCQs – multiple-choice questions

Please note:

  • there's no common format written assessment for Mathematics (applicants will continue to sit STEP in June 2018) – Colleges will assess aptitude, knowledge base and potential through short tasks at the time of interview2
  • there's 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 are required to take written assessments both pre-interview (the History assessment) and at interview (the Modern Languages assessment), if interviewed
  • applicants to Chemical Engineering will sit the assessment relevant to their chosen route/first-year course (Engineering or Natural Sciences)

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

The pre-interview written assessments are organised by the Admissions Testing Service and are taken at an authorised centre. It's very likely that your local authorised centre will be your school/college – speak to your teacher/exams officer to find out if you'll be able to take your pre-interview assessment at your school/college.

If you won't be able to take your pre-interview assessment at your school/college, or if you're not currently in/have left school/college, you'll need to find an open authorised centre where you can take the pre-interview assessment instead. Details of open authorised centres are available on the Admissions Testing Service website.

For 2018 entry, the pre-interview written assessments will be taken in November 2017 in the UK.

Applicants taking the pre-interview written assessments overseas must check the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing website as the scheduled start times for international centres may vary. Please note that for some overseas interview locations, these assessments may take place after your interview. In this situation, your written assessment will still be considered by your Cambridge College along with your overseas interview report.

Is there a registration requirement for pre-interview assessments?

You have to be registered – separately from your UCAS application – in advance to take the relevant pre-interview assessment.

If you're not registered by the relevant deadline (see below) you won't be able to take the appropriate pre-interview assessment, which will mean your application to the University of Cambridge won't be valid.

In most cases, your assessment centre (usually your school/college) must register you for the pre-interview assessment, you can't register yourself. The registration deadline is dependent on the course you're applying for. Please note that the following dates are subject to confirmation:

  • if you're applying for Medicine (Standard Course, A100), the pre-interview assessment you're required to take is the Biomedical Admission Test (BMAT) - if you wish to take the BMAT in September 2017, you must register yourself online by 11.59pm on 18 August 2017; if you wish to take the BMAT in November 2017, your assessment centre must have registered you by 11.59pm on 1 October 2017
  • the registration deadline for the other pre-interview assessments is 6.00pm on 15 October 2017
  • if you require access arrangements you must be registered by 30 September 2017

In order to register you for your pre-interview assessment, you must provide the following pieces of information to your assessment centre:

  • UCAS Personal ID
  • name, as it will appear on your UCAS application
  • gender
  • date of birth
  • details of any access requirements/arrangements
  • the university/institution (and Cambridge College or open application) you're applying to
  • the course (including the UCAS course code) you're applying for

You must provide this information to your assessment centre in good time to ensure you can be registered.

Successful registration generates a candidate number – a letter followed by five digits – which your assessment centre should forward to you as confirmation. You may be required to provide your candidate number as part of your application, and you'll need it on the day of the assessment.

Does it cost anything to take a pre-interview assessment?

There's an entry fee for students to take the BMAT. You can find details on the BMAT website, and if you're a Home fees status student who's concerned about the cost please also see the advice on that website about financial support that may be available.

You don't have to pay an entry fee for any of the other pre-interview assessments for Cambridge. However, please be aware that some open assessment centres may charge candidates an administration fee.

Information for EU/overseas applicants

If you're applying to Cambridge from outside the UK, the arrangements for pre-interview assessment are the same as within the UK. You must take the pre-interview assessment at a Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing authorised centre. Many schools/colleges are authorised centres or can easily become one, so speak to your teacher/exams officer to find out if you can take the pre-interview assessment at your school/college.

If you won't be able to take your pre-interview assessment at your school/college, or if you're not currently in/have left school/college, you must find an open authorised centre where you can take the pre-interview assessment instead. Details of open authorised centres are available on the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing website.

Please also note the information above about the registration requirement and deadlines – if you’re not registered by your assessment centre by the relevant deadline you won’t be able to take the appropriate pre-interview assessment, and you application to the University won’t be valid.

For 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 - 15 Jun 2018 (Easter)

2018-19
2 Oct - 30 Nov 2018 (Michaelmas)
15 Jan - 15 Mar 2019 (Lent)
23 Apr - 14 Jun 2019 (Easter)

The Application Process