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The University of Cambridge is carefully monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We would like to reassure applicants that the University and Colleges of Cambridge are working hard to make sure the admissions process will run smoothly and safely this year. To do this we will be making some changes, including moving to remote interviewing, to ensure that the risk of COVID-19 to applicants, students and staff is minimised.

We have provided more information below and you can find additional detail in our Frequently Asked Questions. We will update both pages regularly as we have more information so please check here for up to date information.  We wish you, your peers, your schools and your families the very best during this difficult period.

Pre-Interview assessments

The University of Cambridge and Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing are carefully monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the impact this might have on the delivery of the 2021 entry pre-interview admission assessments.

We will do everything we can to minimise disruption for applicants, while complying fully with international best practice and the advice of national and local health authorities. Our top priority is to protect the health and safety of our applicants and their families, as well as staff within test centres.

As the information about COVID-19 is changing rapidly, we may be forced to make changes to the format and/or delivery method of some of our pre-interview assessments, and some of these changes might have to be implemented at short notice. We will update this webpage as the situation unfolds and further information can also be found on the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing website. Should we have to implement changes after the pre-interview admission assessment registration deadline (15 October 2020) then affected applicants will also be notified via email.

Please note that to ensure they can run our November admissions assessments safely across the world, adhering to local social distancing guidelines, CAAT have moved some pre-interview tests to a different date.

Some tests will run on the previously scheduled date of 4 November and others will run on the new date of 5 November. Candidates should register with their centre in the usual way.

Please visit the Cambridge pre-interview assessment dates and costs page for full details.

Admissions Interviews

In order to minimise COVID-related risks to our applicants, students and staff in the coming undergraduate admissions round, we are making plans to interview applicants this year without requiring them to travel to Cambridge in December. We will release further details about alternative arrangements as soon as we can.

Outreach events and open days

All large-scale, in-person outreach activities and events organised by Cambridge Admissions Office and due to take place in 2020 will be moved online, postponed or cancelled. 

We are committed to providing prospective applicants with information about the collegiate University, its courses, and the admissions process. We are looking at opportunities we can offer virtually, as well as the possibility of running some events at a later date. We will update the website with further information once this is available and, for specific widening participation programmes, make direct contact with schools and students affected. For information about particular events and alternative activity, please check the relevant events and open days webpage or contact the event organiser for the most up-to-date information.

We apologise for the inconvenience and any disappointment that this may have caused and we hope to be able to welcome you to an event in Cambridge in the future.

Last updated: 22 September 2020