Admissions Assessments

Many applicants will be required to take an Admissions Assessment as part of their application. Some of these assessments take place on the day of your interview, but for many subjects they take place before your interview - at schools, colleges and other designated assessment centres. For these pre-interview assessments, you will need to be registered well in advance (usually by the deadline for submitting your UCAS application). Your performance in the assessments will not be considered in isolation, but will be taken into account alongside the other elements of your application.

To find out whether or not you need to register for a pre-interview assessment, check the details for each subject below:
 

Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

All candidates for ASNC are required to take the pre-interview admissions assessment, which will take place in schools and other assessment centres. You must be registered in advance (separately to your UCAS application) to take the assessment.

Archaeology

There are no pre-interview assessments for applicants to Archaeology at King's, but students who are invited for interview in Archaeology are asked to take the at-interview Admissions Assessment, which lasts one hour. You do not need to register for this assessment as it will be organised automatically by the College if you are invited for interview.

Architecture

Although there are no pre-interview assessments for Architecture at King's, if you are invited for interview you will be asked to take an at-interview Admissions Assessment which lasts one hour. You do not need to register for this assessment as it will be organised automatically by the College if you are invited for interview.

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

All candidates for Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at King's are required to take the pre-interview admissions assessment, which takes place in schools and other assessment centres.

If you are applying for a European language alongside your Asian & Middle Eastern language, you will also be asked to take the at-interview written assessment for MML, which lasts one hour. You do not need to register for this written assessment as it will be organised automatically by the College if you are invited for interview. Students who are not applying for a European language do not take this assessment.

Chemical Engineering

All candidates for Chemical Engineering at King's are required to take a pre-interview written assessment for either Natural Sciences or Engineering (depending on your choice of pathway), which will take place in schools and other assessment centres.

Candidates who are invited to interview for Chemical Engineering via Engineering also have a short seminar on an area of maths or physics which will be unfamiliar, followed by a written exercise based around the seminar material. There is also a more general Maths and Physics written test for applicants who opt for the Engineering route, which lasts one hour. There is no need to register for these tests as they will be organised by the College.

Classics

Although there are no pre-interview assessments for Classics, students who are invited for interview are also asked to take an at-interview written assessment, which will last one hour. You do not need to register for the written assessment as it will be organised automatically by the College if you are invited for interview.

Computer Science

Applicants for Computer Science will need to take a pre-interview assessment at an authorised test centre local to them. This assessment will be the Cambridge Test of Mathematics for University Admission (CTMUA). You must be registered in advance to take the assessment.

Economics

All candidates for Economics at King's are required to take the pre-interview admissions assessment for Economics, which will take place in schools and other assessment centres. You must be registered in advance to take the assessment.

Engineering

All candidates for Engineering are required to take the pre-interview admissions assessment for Engineering, which will take place in schools and other assessment centres. You must be registered in advance to take the assessment.

Candidates invited for interview at King's also sit a written test set by the Director of Studies and have an additional 'Engineering Seminar' on an area of maths or physics which will be unfamiliar, followed by a written exercise based around the seminar material. You do not need to register for these tests.

English

All candidates for English are required to take the ELAT, a pre-interview written assessment for English, which will take place in schools and other assessment centres. The ELAT is a 90 minute assessment where you will be given six passages of poetry, prose or drama, from which you choose two or three to compare in an essay. You must be registered in advance to take the ELAT.

Geography

All candidates for Geography at King's are required to take the pre-interview admissions assessment for Geography, which will take place in schools and other assessment centres. You must be registered in advance to take the assessment.

History

All candidates for History are required to take the pre-interview admissions assessment for History, which will take place in schools and other assessment centres. You must be registered in advance to take the assessment.

History and Modern Languages

All candidates for History and Modern Languages are required to take the pre-interview admissions assessment for History, which will take place in schools and other assessment centres. You must be registered in advance to take the assessment.

If you are invited for interview and are applying for a language that you have already studied at A-level or equivalent, you will also be asked to take the at-interview written assessment for MML, which lasts one hour. You do not need to register for this written assessment as it will be organised automatically by the College if you are invited for interview. Students applying for languages from scratch do not take this assessment.

History and Politics

All candidates for History and Politics are required to take the pre-interview admissions assessment for History, which will take place in schools and other assessment centres. You must be registered in advance (separately to your UCAS application) to take the assessment.

History of Art

While there are no pre-interview assessments for History of Art, applicants who are invited for interview are asked to take the at-interview written assessment, which lasts one hour. You do not need to register for this written assessment as it will be organised automatically by the College if you are invited for interview.

Human, Social and Political Sciences

All candidates for HSPS are required to take the pre-interview admissions assessment, which will take place in schools and other assessment centres. You must be registered in advance (separately to your UCAS application) to take the assessment.

Law

While there are no pre-interview assessments, students who are invited for interview in Law are also asked to take the Cambridge Law Test, which lasts one hour. You do not need to register in advance for this as it will be organised automatically by the College if you are invited for interview. No specific preparation is required for this test.

Linguistics

While there are no pre-interview assessments, students who are invited for interview in Linguistics are also asked to take the at-interview written assessment, which lasts one hour. You do not need to register for this written assessment as it will be organised automatically by the College if you are invited for interview.

Mathematics

There is no standard admissions assessment for Mathematics, although candidates invited for interviews at King's also sit a written test set by the Director of Studies. You do not need to register for this.

Medicine

All candidates for Medicine are required to take the BMAT pre-interview assessment, which will take place in schools and other assessment centres. You must be registered in advance (separately to your UCAS application) to take the assessment. Please note that the regular registration deadline for the BMAT is earlier than the deadline for registering for pre-interview assessments in other subjects.

The BMAT is not an entrance examination and we have no set requirements for the scores achieved. We look at each applicant's BMAT result in the context of their whole application including their educational record, school reference, and performance at interview.

Modern and Medieval Languages

While there are no pre-interview assessments, sStudents who are invited for interview in Modern and Medieval Languages are also required to take the at-interview written assessment for MML, which lasts one hour. You do not need to register for this written assessment as it will be organised automatically by the College if you are invited for interview.

Music

There are no standard admissions assessments for Music, although candidates invited for interviews at King's also sit a written test on the same day, set by the Director of Studies. You do not need to register for this.

Natural Sciences

All candidates for Natural Sciences are required to take the pre-interview admissions assessment, which will take place in schools and other assessment centres. You must be registered in advance (separately to your UCAS application) to take the assessment.

Philosophy

While there are no pre-interview assessments, students who are invited for interview in Philosophy are also required to take the at-interview written assessment, which lasts one hour. You do not need to register for this written assessment as it will be organised automatically by the College if you are invited for interview.

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences

All candidates for Psychological and Behavioural Sciences are required to take the pre-interview admissions assessment for PBS, which will take place in schools and other assessment centres. You must be registered in advance (separately to your UCAS application) to take the assessment.

Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion

While there are no pre-interview assessments, all candidates invited for interviews for Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion are required to take the at-interview admissions assessment whilst they are in Cambridge. You do not need to register for this written assessment as it will be organised automatically by the College if you are invited for interview.

Registration

You will need an authorized assessment centre to register you and provide a place for you to take your pre-interview written assessment. This will normally be your school or sixth form college. Please speak to your teacher or exams officer to find out if you'll be able to take your pre-interview assessment at your school or sixth form college.

If you are not able to take your pre-interview assessment at your school or sixth form college, or if you are not currently attending a school or college, you will need to find an open authorised centre to register you and provide a place to take the written assessment. Mature students or students who already have a degree are not exempt from taking the admissions assessment, but may wish to consider applying to a Cambridge College for mature students, where arrangements are different.

What Will I Need to Register?

In order to register you should provide your assessment centre with the following information in good time before the registration deadline:

  • UCAS Personal ID

  • Full name (exactly as it will appear on your UCAS form)

  • Gender

  • Date of birth

  • Details of any access requirements / arrangements

  • The university (and Cambridge College) that you are applying to

  • The course (including the UCAS course code) that you are applying for

When you have been registered, you will be given a candidate number which your assessment centre should forward to you as confirmation. Please ensure that you have received your candidate number before the deadline passes. You may be required to provide your candidate number as part of your application, and you will need it on the day of your written assessment.

The date of your pre-interview assessment can be found on the University of Cambridge website below:

Thinking of applying to King's? See here for a breakdown of the process, from submitting your UCAS application to receiving your offer.
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Advice for applicants with a disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness.
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