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It is very important that you follow the instructions and use the personal log in details contained in your SAQ email. If you're unable to complete the SAQ online (because you don't have a valid email address or as a result of a disability), please contact the Cambridge Admissions Office as soon as possible (

What does the SAQ look like?

The SAQ is divided into a number of sections, displayed in the horizontal navigation along the top of each page. Each of the sections contains a number of pages with a series of questions to complete. Questions are accompanied by a ‘Help Text’ panel that provides guidance.

What do I need to complete the SAQ?

There are a number of pieces of information you will need to hand to complete the SAQ:

  • your UCAS Personal ID number
  • the temporary SAQ password we send you by email
  • a passport-style digital photograph of yourself
  • details of the units you have taken/are taking, including the UMS results achieved so far if you have taken/are taking modular AS/A Levels
  • details of the band scores you have achieved if you have taken Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers
  • a copy of your High School Transcript or University Transcript, where required. Please visit our transcripts page for guidance on whether or not you are required to submit a High School or University Transcript.
  • fee payment (where applicable)

You may find it helpful to think about some of your answers in advance, such as the optional additional personal statement and how you've kept up your interest in the subject outside your AS/A Level (or equivalent) qualifications.

We estimate it will take around an hour to complete the SAQ.

If you do not submit all required documentation and pay the correct application fee (if applicable) by the appropriate deadline, your application will be invalid and you will not be considered for admission.

We strongly recommend that you do not leave any part of your application submission to the last minute/deadline day in case you encounter difficulties that may take some time to resolve and which may cause you to miss a deadline as a result. Failure to submit by the application deadline will render your application invalid.

Application deadlines

All applicants must submit a UCAS application and a SAQ by the relevant deadlines:

For applicants wishing to be interviewed in December by a College, or in November with the international interviews team:

UCAS Transcript SAQ
15 October 2021 22 October 2021 22 October 2021

For applicants wishing to be interviewed in October with the international interviews team:

UCAS Transcript SAQ
20 September 2021 27 September 2021 27 September 2021

All applicants for courses (other than Medicine) with a pre-interview assessment must be registered with their test centre by 15 October 2021; this is separate to the UCAS application. Applicants requiring special access arrangements must be registered by their test centre by 30 September 2021 to allow time for arrangements to be made. Applicants for Medicine must be registered with their test centre by 1 October 2021 to take the BMAT.


The following fee is payable, depending on your application type:

Application Type Fee
Applicants applying from the UK, Crown Dependencies and Ireland No fee
Applicants applying from elsewhere* GBP60

If a fee is applicable, you will be asked to pay this fee by debit or credit card when you submit your SAQ.

* There are certain circumstances under which the Cambridge Admissions Office will waive the application fee. You can find more information on the International applications page.