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You do not need to register for College admission assessments.

If you're invited for interview, the College that is interviewing you will arrange for you to take the relevant College admission assessment. They will let you know when and how you should take your assessment.

Some courses involve an admissions assessment that is taken after we shortlist for interview. If you are shortlisted for interview, you will take the relevant assessment. The College that interviews you will let you know when and how you should take your assessment.

Find out if you need to take a College admissions assessment

The information below is for applicants applying for 2025 entry.

If your course isn't listed below, check the Admissions Assessments page for information on your course.

Archaeology

Colleges that ask you to take an assessment

All Colleges

Assessment date

To be confirmed

Assessment format

To be confirmed

Architecture

Colleges that ask you to take an assessment

All Colleges

Assessment date

To be confirmed

Assessment format

Graphic and spatial ability (30 minutes)

Specimen and example papers

Please note that the writing skills assessment will not run in 2024. The example papers can be used to prepare for the graphic and spatial ability assessment.

PDF icon Architecture Admissions Assessment Specification

PDF icon Architecture Admissions Assessment Past Paper

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

If you are combining with a European Language

Colleges that ask you to take an assessment

All Colleges

Assessment format

Modern and Medieval Languages Admissions Assessment:

  • Discursive response in Foreign Language (40 minutes)
  • Discursive response in English (20 minutes)

Specimen and example papers

PDF icon Modern and Medieval Languages Admissions Assessment Specification
PDF icon Modern and Medieval Languages Admissions Assessment Past Paper

If you aren’t combining with a European Language

Colleges that ask you to take an assessment

King’s and St Edmund’s

Assessment format

Details will be provided by the relevant College.

Classics (3-year course)

Colleges that ask you to take an assessment

All Colleges

Assessment format

Latin (or Greek) skills assessment interview (20 minutes)

Specimen paper and resources

PDF icon Classics Admissions Assessment Specification

The specification paper references the OCR Vocabulary lists for Classical Greek and Latin. These lists can be found below.

PDF icon Classical Greek vocabulary list

PDF icon Latin vocabulary list

Classics (4-year course)

Colleges that ask you to take an assessment

All Colleges

Assessment format

Language aptitude assessment interview (20 minutes)

Specimen paper

PDF icon Classics Admissions Assessment Specification

Design

Colleges that ask you to take an assessment

All Colleges

Assessment date

To be confirmed

Assessment format

Architecture admissions assessment:

Graphic and spatial ability (30 minutes)

Specimen and example papers

Please note that the writing skills assessment will not run in 2024. The example papers can be used to prepare for the graphic and spatial ability assessment.

PDF icon Architecture Admissions Assessment Specification

PDF icon Architecture Admissions Assessment Past Paper

English

Colleges that ask you to take an assessment

All Colleges

Assessment date

To be confirmed

Assessment format

Essay/text response element (90 minutes)

Specimen and example papers

PDF icon English Admissions Assessment sample paper

Geography

Colleges that ask you to take an assessment

Hughes Hall and St Edmund's

Assessment format

Details will be provided by the relevant College.

History

Colleges that ask you to take the assessment

Hughes Hall, Newnham, Peterhouse and St Edmund's

Assessment format

Details will be provided by the relevant College.

History and Modern Languages

Language Assessment

Colleges that ask you to take an assessment

All Colleges

Assessment date

To be confirmed

Assessment format

For post-A Level languages:

  • Discursive response in Foreign Language (40 minutes)
  • Discursive response in English (20 minutes)

For languages from scratch (ab initio):

  • Discursive response in English (40 minutes)
  • Language Aptitude Test (20 minutes).

Specimen and example papers

For post-A Level languages:

PDF icon Modern and Medieval Languages Admissions Assessment Specification
PDF icon Modern and Medieval Languages Admissions Assessment Past Paper

For languages from scratch:

PDF icon sample paper

PDF icon answer booklet

History Assessment

Colleges that ask you to take an assessment

Hughes Hall, Newnham, Peterhouse and St Edmund’s

Assessment format

Details will be provided by the relevant College.

History and Politics

Colleges that ask you to take an assessment

Hughes Hall, Newnham, Peterhouse and St Edmund’s

Assessment format

Details will be provided by the relevant College.

Human, Social and Political Sciences

Colleges that ask you to take an assessment

Hughes Hall, King's, Newnham and Peterhouse

Assessment format

Details will be provided by the relevant College.

Linguistics

Colleges that ask you to take an assessment

All Colleges, except Christ's

Assessment date

To be confirmed

Assessment format

To be confirmed

Mathematics

Colleges that ask you to take an assessment

Churchill, King’s and St Edmund’s

Assessment format

Details will be provided by the relevant College

Modern and Medieval Languages (MML)

Colleges that ask you to take an assessment

All Colleges

Assessment date

To be confirmed

Assessment format

  • Discursive response in Foreign Language (40 minutes)
  • Discursive response in English (20 minutes)

Specimen and example papers

PDF icon Modern and Medieval Languages Admissions Assessment Specification
PDF icon Modern and Medieval Languages Admissions Assessment Past Paper

Applicants combining a modern language with Classical Latin or Greek

Applicants wishing to combine a modern European language with Classical Latin or Classical Greek will have their classical language assessed. Find out more about the classical language assessments under the Classics sections above.

Applicants will also need to take the MML written assessment (see MML assessment info above).

Music

Colleges that ask you to take an assessment

Downing, Girton, Jesus, Magdalene, Newnham, Queens’, Robinson, Selwyn, St John’s and Trinity Hall

Assessment format

Colleges will assess aptitude, knowledge base and potential through tasks at the time of interview.

Philosophy

Colleges that ask you to take an assessment

All Colleges

Assessment date

To be confirmed

Assessment format

  • Multiple choice logic problems (20 minutes)
  • Essay (40 minutes)

Specimen and example papers

PDF icon Philosophy Admissions Assessment Specification

MS Word icon Philosophy Sample Paper
MS Word icon Philosophy Answer Key

Please note the Philosophy Assessment Specification, Sample Paper and Answer Key were updated in October 2023.

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences

Colleges that ask you to take an assessment

Gonville & Caius, Homerton, Newnham, Selwyn and St Edmund’s

Assessment format

Details will be provided by the relevant College.

Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion

Colleges that ask you to take an assessment

Pembroke and St Edmund’s

Assessment format

Details will be provided by the relevant College.