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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 runs 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

To ensure they can run our November pre-interview admissions assessments safely across the world, adhering to local social distancing guidelines, Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing (CAAT) has moved some pre-interview tests to a different date. Some tests will still run on the previously scheduled date of 4 November 2020 but others will run on the new date of 5 November 2020. Candidates should register with their centre in the usual way. Please see our Pre-interviews assessments page and CAAT's Cambridge pre-interview assessment dates and costs page for full details.

At-Interview assessments

For courses requiring an at-interview written assessment, these will be taken remotely in 2020 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. Further details, including assessment dates and times, are available on the At-interviews assessment page.

Admissions Interviews

In 2020-21, we’ll be interviewing applicants online to minimise COVID-related risks to our applicants, students and staff. Though interviews will take place via video call, the content will still be the same as in-person interviews. For more information on how our online interviews will work, what you’ll need, and how to set up for your interview, please visit our online interviews page.

Outreach events and open days

In light of the ongoing pandemic, all in-person outreach activities and events organised by Cambridge Admissions Office will be moved online (or cancelled where online delivery is not possible) until at least May 2021. This position will be regularly reviewed and updates posted here as well as on event webpages. For specific widening participation programmes, we will make direct contact with schools and students affected.

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: 20 November 2020