Pre-interview Notes for King's Candidates

These pre-interview notes are for current King's applicants, to be read in the context of the Applicant Information 2020.

This page contains important information about written work, interviews and tests for each subject, and any reading to prepare for interviews. Once you have submitted your SAQ, it is essential that you read this page carefully in addition to How to apply and the Applicant Information page.

General information 2020

1. December interviews in Cambridge

Should we invite you for interviews, these will most likely take place from Monday 7 December to Friday 11 December 2020, with some interviews possible to happen between 14 and 18 December. Due to covid-19, interviews will be administered online this year. At-interview tests may be administered in the week 30 November - 4 December 2020. Candidates may therefore have admissions assessments and interviews scheduled on more than one day. Please note that we will be unable to arrange interviews on individually requested dates. Invitations to interviews are normally sent out in the second half of November. It is not possible to notify any candidate of interview dates or times any earlier than this. Our tentative interview schedule for individual subjects is posted, but please note that our final dates may be different.

Interviews will be with one or more members of the teaching staff in the subject you intend to study in the first year. Unless it says differently in your subject paragraph below, they usually last up to half an hour each. In some subjects there are also an admissions assessment or written tests to sit - details are given for each subject below, and there are interview guidelines available in this Applicant Information section.

2. Decisions and the January Pool

Decisions will be sent to you in mid-January. Candidates who are placed in the Pool may be invited for interview at another College in mid-January. It is important that you give us both the address and telephone number at which you can be contacted in January 2021. If you intend to be at the home address given on your UCAS form, no action is required; if you will be elsewhere, please send us details as soon as they are known. You should also let us know if you are not available for interview in January.

3. Correspondence with King's.

All correspondence with King's must start with three or four pieces of information:

Your name (exactly as you wrote it on your UCAS form - please do not use alternative or abbreviated names during the admissions process)

The subject you are applying for

(Please write it out e.g. 'Medicine' not 'A100'. If you are applying for Natural Sciences, please always write 'Biological Natural Sciences' or 'Physical Natural Sciences')

Your UCAS number

Your overseas interview location (if you have requested an overseas interview)

Please continue to use this format even if you write to us several times. If each and every email we receive starts like this it saves us a lot of time and enables us to respond to your messages faster.

King's will contact you from the following email address: undergraduate.admissions@kings.cam.ac.uk 
Please add this address to your contacts list / safe sender list (if you have one) to ensure that important emails do not go to your spam / junk folders.

Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

Candidates for ASNC are required to send written work and a confidentiality form by post to arrive by Thursday 5 November 2020. Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A-levels are also required to enclose a UMS form to arrive by the 5 November 2020. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.

For candidates invited for Cambridge interviews at King's:

  • You will have a single interview with the Director of Studies of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic and another member of the ASNC department.

  • There is no additional written test taken at interview for ASNC candidates.

If you are invited for overseas interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

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Archaeology

You do not need to submit any written work for Archaeology, but Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive at King's by 5 November 2020. All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 5 November 2020. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.

For candidates invited for interviews at King's:

  • Candidates for Archaeology have two interviews.

  • Archaeology candidates also take the Archaeology Admissions Assessment if invited for interview. It lasts one hour. This will be organised by King's, and no registration is required. The test will most likely happen in the week from 30 November - 4 December. 

  • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly. It includes details about sitting the Archaeology Admissions Assessment.

If you are invited for interview overseas, the relevant interview team will liaise with you directly about the details of your interview and Admissions Assessment.

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Classics

All candidates for Classics are required to send written work and a confidentiality form by post to arrive by Thursday 5 November 2020. Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A-levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 5 November 2019. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.

For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:

  • All Classics applicants invited to Cambridge in December will have two separate interviews with different King's Classics Fellows.

  • Classics candidates take a Classics Admissions Assessment if invited for interview. The assessment is different depending on whether you are applying for the three year or the four year Classics course, and there are different topics covered for those who have studied Latin to GCSE or AS level (or equivalent), and for those who have no knowledge of the language at all. The assessments will be organised by King's and the Classics Faculty, and no registration is required.

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Computer Science

Pre-interview Admissions Assessment required: All candidates in Computer Science must take the Computer Science pre-interview Admissions Assessment at their school on Thursday 5th November 2020. There is no fixed score that will secure you an interview and we base our decision on your whole application. Please see the admissions assessment page for further information.

You do not need to submit any written work for Computer Science, but candidates taking modular A-levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive at King's by 5 November 2020. All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 5 November 2020. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.

For candidates invited for interviews at King's:

  • You will have two interviews, each with one or two members of the teaching staff associated with Computer Science.

  • You will be asked to read a short text about 1 hour before one of your interviews. The time for this will be scheduled for you. We will advise on how to access this text in your interview invitation. 

If you are invited for interview overseas, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details of your interview.

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English

Pre-interview Admissions Assessment required: All candidates in English must take the English pre-interview Admissions Assessment at their school on Wednesday 4 November 2020. There is no fixed score that will secure you an interview and we base our decision on your whole application. Please see the admissions assessment page for further information.

All candidates for English are required to send written work and a confidentiality form by post to arrive by Thursday 5 November 2020.  Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by the 5 November 2020. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.

For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:

  • Prior to the interview, you will be sent a specified literary text to read and consider. You will then be asked to discuss this text as part of your interview.

  • You will have one interview on your own with two Fellows in English. During this interview you will discuss the specified text, your reading and literary interests, and you will also be asked to respond to an unseen literary text. 

  • There is no additional written test taken at interview for English candidates.

If you are invited for interview overseas, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

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Geography

All candidates for Geography are required to send written work and a confidentiality form by post to arrive by Thursday 5 November 2020. Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 5 November 2020 (see the Applicant Information page). Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.

Applicants will not be expected to have done any specific reading for the pre-interview admissions assessment or interview. We know that school work schedules can be very busy. But for applicants who wish to advance their interests, we have provided some reading suggestions.

For candidates invited tor interviews at King's:

  • You will have one interview with at least one academic from the Department of Geography.

  • Hald an hour before your interview, you will be asked to study a short written passage, map, or other illustrative materials for discussion during the interview. We will tell you what time and how to access your pre-interview material in your invitation to interview.

  • There is no additional written test taken at interview for Geography candidates.

If you are invited for interview overseas, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

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History

All candidates for History are required to send written work and a confidentiality form by post to arrive by Thursday 5 November 2020. Please read the written work page for full details. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 5 November 2020.

For candidates invited for interviews at King's:

  • You will have two separate interviews with members of the History teaching staff.

  • There is no additional written test taken at interview for History candidates.

If you are invited for interview overseas, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

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History of Art

All candidates for History of Art are required to send written work and a confidentiality form by post to arrive by Thursday 5 November 2020.  Please read the written work page for full details. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 5 November 2020 (see the Applicant Information page).

For candidates invited for interviews at King's:

  • You will have two separate interviews with members of the History of Art teaching staff.

  • History of Art candidates take the History of Art Admissions Assessment if for interview. It lasts one hour. This will be organised by Cambridge, and no registration is required.

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Mathematics / Mathematics with Physics

Mathematics candidates are not required to send any written work, but candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive at King's by 5 November 2020 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 5 November 2020. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.

For candidates invited for interviews at King's:

  • Candidates for Mathematics are not required to do any set mathematical reading prior to the interviews.

  • You will sit a written test lasting one hour, most likely in the week prior to your interview. No past papers are available for this test – you simply turn up and do your best. Calculators are not permitted. The test is designed to be taken by people from all over the world and in all different examination systems. Please do not worry about differences in syllabus.

  • All candidates have two interviews (on top of the written test), usually one in the morning and one in the afternoon. 

If you are invited for interview overseas, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

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Medicine

Pre-interview Admissions Assessment (the BMAT) required: All candidates in Medicine must take the BMAT test at their school on Wednesday 4 November 2020. We do not select applicants for interviews until we have the BMAT results. You may be invited for interview at short notice so please make sure that you are free on the days specified on the ‘Provisional Interview Timetable’ on the Applicant Information page. A substantial proportion of applicants will be selected for interviews. There is no fixed BMAT score that will secure you an interview and we base our decision on your whole application. Please see the Admissions Testing Service BMAT website for further information about this test.

Candidates for Medicine need to submit a fee status questionnaire by Thursday 5 November 2020.

No essays are required to be sent in prior to interviews for Medicine, but candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive at King's by 5 November 2020 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 5 November 2020. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.

For candidates invited for interviews at King's:

  • You will have two separate interviews in King’s with members of the Medical Sciences teaching staff. Interviews for Medicine will last up to 25 minutes.

  • Please have pen and paper and a calculator ready for your interview. 

  • There is no additional written test taken at interview for Medicine candidates.

If you are invited for interview overseas, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

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Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (PBS)

PBS applicants do not need to submit any written work, but Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive at King's by 5 November 2020 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 5 November 2020. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.

Applicants will not be expected to have done any specific reading for the pre-interview admissions assessment or for the interview. We know that school work schedules can be very busy. But for applicants who wish to advance their interests in PBS, we have provided some reading suggestions.

For candidates invited to interviews at King's:

  • You will have one interview with the Director of Studies and another member of the psychology teaching staff. Half an hour before the interview, you will be asked to study a short passage for discussion during the interview. We will provide more details of arrangements for this in your invitation to interview.

  • There is no additional written test taken at interview for Psychological and Behavioural Sciences candidates.

If you are invited for interview overseas, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

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Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion

All candidates for Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion are required to send written work and a confidentiality form by post to arrive by Thursday 5 November 2020. Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 5 November 2020 (see the Applicant Information page). Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.

For candidates invited for interviews at King's:

  • You will have one interview with the Director of Studies and other teaching officers, who may or may not be theologians.

  • About half an hour before the interview, you will be asked to study a short passage for discussion during the interview. We will tell you the exact time and how to access this test in your interview invitation.

  • Theology candidates take the Theology Admissions Assessment if invited for interview. This will be organised by King's, and no registration is required.

If you are invited for interview overseas, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

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