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Pre-interview assessments: COVID-19 guidance

While we are optimistic that the Cambridge pre-interview assessments on 3 and 4 November will run as planned for our applicants, we recognise that there may be COVID-related reasons for a small number of candidates not being able to access a test centre on the day, such as an onset of possible symptoms or a requirement to self-isolate.

If this should happen, please immediately notify your College admissions office by email so that we can look into alternative solutions. One of the following forms of evidence would be needed in support:

  • Positive COVID-19 test result.
  • Proof of instruction to self-isolate due to COVID-19.
  • Evidence of a local or national lockdown due to COVID-19, forcing the closure of your test centre.


Pre-interview written assessments

For 2022 entry, all Colleges require applicants for the following courses to take a pre-interview written assessment.*

Course

Pre-interview assessment

Section 1 format

Section 2 format

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering via Engineering (H810) requires the Engineering Admissions Assessment (ENGAA) - see ENGAA below for format.

Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences (H813) requires the Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment (NSAA) - see NSAA below for format.

Computer Science

Test of Mathematics for University Admissions (TMUA)

 

Mathematical Thinking (multiple choice questions)

75 minutes

Mathematical Reasoning (multiple choice questions)

75 minutes

Economics

Economics Admissions Assessment (ECAA)

Multiple choice questions in mathematics

60 minutes

Essay

60 minutes

Engineering

Engineering Admissions Assessment (ENGAA)

Maths/Physics

60 minutes

Multiple-choice covering Maths and Physics questions

60 minutes

English

English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT)

Land Economy

Thinking Skills Assessment (Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; 90 minutes)

Medicine

BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment (NSAA)

Multiple choice questions in mathematics plus one science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)

60 minutes

Extended multiple choice questions in one science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)

60 minutes

Veterinary Medicine

Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment (NSAA) - see NSAA above for format.

* Mature students (aged 21 or over) applying to one of the mature Colleges for interview in Cambridge for Economics, English or Land Economy, aren't required to take the standard pre-interview assessments, and should refer to the information on the written assessments page.

When and where will the pre-interview assessments take place?

For 2022 entry, the pre-interview written assessments are scheduled to take place on the following dates in the UK:

  • Wednesday, 3 November 2021 - BMAT, ECAA, ENGAA, NSAA
  • Thursday, 4 November 2021 - TSA, TMUA, ELAT

The assessments are organised by Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing and are taken at an authorised centre. It's very likely that your local authorised centre will be your school/college - check with your school/college - otherwise, you'll need to find an open authorised centre instead.

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 must be registered in advance to take the relevant pre-interview assessment. If you're not registered by the relevant deadline, 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.

  • For Medicine (Standard Course A100), the pre-interview assessment you're required to take is the Biomedical Admission Test (BMAT). To take the BMAT in November 2021, your assessment centre must have registered you by 1 October 2021. It may be possible to register after this deadline for an additional fee (see the BMAT website for details)
  • For Computer Science, the pre-interview assessment you're required to take is the Test of Mathematics for University Admissions (TMUA). To take the TMUA, your assessment centre must have registered you by 1 October 2021. It may be possible to register after this deadline for an additional fee (see the TMUA website for details)
  • For all other courses requiring a pre-interview assessment, the registration deadline is 15 October 2021. Please note that open centres may set an earlier deadline for accepting entries, and it is your responsibility to check if this applies at your centre.
  • If you require access arrangements you must be registered by 30 September 2021.

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) your’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.

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

There's an entry fee for students to take the BMAT and the TMUA. If you're a Home fees status student who's concerned about the cost, financial support may be available. Please check the BMAT and TMUA websites for details and advice. 

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 assessment centres (including some schools/colleges) may charge candidates their own fee to cover administrative costs. Cambridge has no control over this charge.

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 your school/college is not already an authorised centre they can apply to become a test centre.

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 your application to the University won’t be valid.

Further information

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