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At-interview written assessments

For 2021 entry, all Colleges (unless otherwise stated) require applicants for the following courses to take an at-interview written assessment. This will be taken remotely at the time shown in the table. Further information on assessment arrangements is available beneath the table.

Course

Assessment format

Date

Time (GMT)

Archaeology

Essay/text response element (60 minutes)

1 December 2020 9.30am-11.00am or 6.00pm-7.30pm

Architecture

Writing skills (30 minutes)
Graphic and spatial ability (30 minutes)

1 December 2020 9.30am-11.00am or 6.00pm-7.30pm

Classics (3-year)

Translation exercise (60 minutes)

1 December 2020 9.30am-11.00am or 6.00pm-7.30pm

Classics (4-year)

Language aptitude interview (20 minutes)

To be scheduled by the applicant's College

History 
(History Admissions Assessment)

Essay/text response element (60 minutes)

NB: Not all Colleges require History applicants to take the History Admissions Assessment (HAA). See the course page for further information and a list of applicable Colleges.

1 December 2020 9.30am-11.00am or 6.00pm-7.30pm

History and Modern Languages 
(Modern Languages assessment)

See the course page for details of the Modern Languages assessment format.

See also the History and Modern Languages (History Admissions Assessment) information below.

2 December 2020 9.30am-11.00am or 6.00pm-7.30pm

History and Modern Languages 
(History Admissions Assessment)

Essay/text response element (60 minutes)

NB: Not all Colleges require History and Modern Languages applicants to take the History Admissions Assessment (HAA). See the course page for further information and a list of applicable Colleges.

See also the History and Modern Languages (Modern Languages assessment) information above.

1 December 2020 9.30am-11.00am or 6.00pm-7.30pm

History and Politics 
(History Admissions Assessment)

Essay/text response element (60 minutes)

NB: Not all Colleges require History and Politics applicants to take the History Admissions Assessment (HAA). See the course page for further information and a list of applicable Colleges.

1 December 2020 9.30am-11.00am or 6.00pm-7.30pm

History of Art

Structured comparison of images (60 minutes)

1 December 2020 9.30am-11.00am or 6.00pm-7.30pm

Law

Cambridge Law Test (Essay version; 60 minutes)

24 November 2020 9.30am-11.00am or 6.00pm-7.30pm
Linguistics

Two data questions and one essay question (60 minutes)

2 December 2020

9.30am-10.30am

(Timings will be different for applicants from the US)

Modern and Medieval Languages

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

2 December 2020 9.30am-11.00am or 6.00pm-7.30pm

Philosophy

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

1 December 2020 9.30am-11.00am or 6.00pm-7.30pm

Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion

Comprehension questions on a pre-recorded sample lecture

1-3 December 2020

There is not a specific time slot for this assessment - applicants will have access from 9.30am on 1 December and must submit by 9.30am on 3 December

For 2021 entry, some Colleges may require applicants to take an at-interview assessment for the following courses:

The assessments for these courses (where required) may vary by College. Please see individual College websites for details of which Colleges require applicants to take an at-interview assessment and the expected format of that assessment.

* There's no common format written assessment for Mathematics except for applicants who are interviewed overseas. All applicants for Mathematics are still required to sit the STEP exam in June 2021 as achievement in the STEP is an entrance requirement.

General instructions (except Linguistics)

Your College will send you detailed instructions about how to access the assessment paper (via our Moodle platform), with further information about any resources that can be used, whether your answer should be word-processed or handwritten and how to upload your completed paper.

Candidates in the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia will be scheduled for the morning paper, unless your College is notified of an unavoidable commitment, while candidates in the USA, Canada and South America will be scheduled for the afternoon paper. Candidates in Australasia should indicate to your College which paper best suits your time zone.

You may take the assessment in your home or at your school – whichever environment feels the most comfortable to you and has the most reliable internet connection. It is not invigilated, but please do try to find a quiet environment where you will not be disturbed.

You are expected to spend an hour completing the assessment; a slightly broader time window is provided to allow for download and upload of the paper. If you have notified your College of extra time requirements, this will be factored into the allowable upload deadline.

If you do experience any difficulty during the Assessment window, either technical or personal, you should report this to the College that is considering your application as soon as possible afterwards, for taking into proper consideration.

During your online interview you may be asked to discuss your responses in further detail, so you should make sure that you retain a copy for reference. 

The assessment only forms one part of the evidence we will use in our selection process, alongside your academic record (and any contextual information), your personal statement, your reference, and the interview itself.

General instructions for Linguistics

The Linguistics assessment will be invigilated via Zoom. Your College will send you a link to access the session and detailed instructions. Answers should be typed, preferably in a format readable in MS Word.

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

In 2020, for courses requiring an at-interview written assessment, these will be taken remotely and usually in advance of the interview (though not necessarily on the same day). 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. Dates and times are also shown in the table above.

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.

Further information

If you have any questions about our written assessments, please contact assessment@admin.cam.ac.uk.