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Admission assessments and submitted work

Most applicants are required to take a subject-specific written admission assessment. This might be before shortlisting for interview (pre-registration required, for which you must be registered in advance) or after you’ve been shortlisted for interview (Cambridge College registered). You do not need to register for Cambridge College registered assessments and our Colleges will provide details directly to you.

The assessments are designed to supplement the information in your application and to assess skills, such as writing and language skills, and levels of knowledge and understanding relevant to your course. Your performance in the assessment will not be considered in isolation, but will be taken into account alongside the other elements of your application.

For some courses, you may be asked to submit examples of your written work – one or two school/college essays – which may then be discussed at interview. 

Detailed information about each course's admission assessment - including past papers (where applicable) - and whether any submitted work is required, can be found in the Entry Requirements tab on each of the courses pages.

The tables below detail which type of written assessment is required for each course for 2023 entry.

Written assessment: pre-registration required

All Colleges require applicants to these courses to take a written assessment, for which they must be registered in advance:

  • Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Natural Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine

Please note, some Colleges may also require applicants to take a College-set written assessment as part of the interview process, in addition to the pre-registration assessment. See individual course pages for details.

See written assessments: pre-registration required for further details.

Written assessment: Cambridge College registered

Please note, you do not need to register in advance for these assessments. If you are shortlisted for interview, our Colleges will provide details directly to you.

All Colleges require applicants to these courses to take a written assessment, if shortlisted for interview:

  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Classics
  • English
  • History and Modern Languages
  • History of Art
  • Linguistics
  • Modern and Medieval Languages (MML)
  • Philosophy
  • Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion

Some Colleges may require applicants to these courses to take a written assessment, if shortlisted for interview:

  • Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies*
  • Education
  • Geography
  • History
  • History and Politics
  • Human, Social, and Political Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Psychological and Behavioural Sciences
See written assessments: Cambridge College registered for further details.
No written assessment

No Colleges require applicants to this course to take a written assessment: 

  • Land Economy

* All Colleges require AMES applicants wishing to study a European language to take the relevant MML admission assessment.

Students aged 21+ applying to a mature College

If you're a mature student (aged 21 or over on entry) applying to one of the mature Colleges for Economics, you aren't required to take the pre-registration assessment, and will take a common format written assessment as part of the interview process instead. If you’re applying to one of the standard age Colleges for Economics, you will need to take the pre-registration written assessment.

Mature applicants for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Computer Science, Engineering, Law, Natural Sciences, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine are required to take the relevant pre-registration written assessments, whether you're applying to a standard age or mature College. 

Further information

If you have any questions about our written assessments, please contact