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At-interview written assessments

The table below summarises the At-interview written assessment required for each course for 2020 entry. If you have any questions about our written assessments, please contact assessment@admin.cam.ac.uk.

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)

History and Modern Languages

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

(Pre-interview assessment also taken - see note below)

History of Art

Structured comparison of images
(60 minutes)

Law

Cambridge Law Test
(Essay version; 60 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)

Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion

Brief lecture followed by written response (60 minutes)

Please note:

  • Mathematics: there's no common format written assessment for Mathematics (applicants will continue to sit STEP in June 2019) – Colleges will assess aptitude, knowledge base and potential through short tasks at the time of interview
  • Music: 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
  • History and Modern Languages: applicants for History and ML are required to take written assessments both pre-interview (the History assessment) and at interview (the MML assessment), if interviewed
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES): applicants wishing to combine an AMES language with a modern European language are required to take written assessments both pre-interview (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies) and at interview (Modern Languages assessment), if interviewed
  • Chemical Engineering: applicants will sit the assessment relevant to their chosen route/first-year course (Engineering or Natural Sciences)

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.

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. 

Cambridge Application Deadline

15 OCT

The application deadline is
15 October 2019, 6:00pm (UK time).

University term dates

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

2019-20
8 Oct - 6 Dec 2019 (Michaelmas)
14 Jan - 13 Mar 2020 (Lent)
21 Apr - 12 Jun 2020 (Easter)

2020-21
6 Oct - 4 Dec 2019 (Michaelmas)
19 Jan - 19 Mar 2020 (Lent)
27 Apr - 18 Jun 2020 (Easter)

The Application Process


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