Sitting admissions assessments and other tests

This page is for King's applicants who have been invited for interview in Cambridge and will sit a test or admissions assessment "at-interview". It is to be read in the context of the Cambridge interview section in the Applicant Information 2021.

This information is worth reading carefully, and please read it again shortly before your test date, as we may be adding details over time.

Please start by reading your invitation to interview very carefully. Do you have a test or Admissions Assessment? Where does your invitation to interview say that it is? Do not assume that your test or Admissions Assessment will be in the same format as other candidates' test or on the same platform as your interviews.  

See the table below for the times of tests in different subjects. At this stage only the dates and times and very brief details of the planned arrangements are available. If you have applied for one of these subjects, please wait for confirmation of details and further practical information. There is nothing you need to do before receiving an invitation to interview except to put the date in your calendar and ensure that you will be available if selected.

Date Time zone 1 Time zone 2 Assessment Notes
Wednesday 23rd November 09:30-11:00 (UK time) 17:00-18:30 (UK time) English  
Wednesday 30th November various times   King's HSPS written assessment (more information below)
Friday 25th November 09:30 - 10:30 (UK time) n/a Linguistics  Linguistics assessment
Friday 25th November 09:30 - 11:00 (UK time) 17:00 - 18:30 (UK time) Architecture assessment  
Tuesday 29th November 09:30 - 11:00 (UK time) 17:00 - 18:30 (UK time) History and ML (for modern language assessment) Modern Languages assessment
Tuesday 29th November 09:30 - 11:00 (UK time) 17:00 - 18:30 (UK time) MML Modern Languages assessment
Tuesday 29th November  09:30 - 11:00 (UK time) 17:00 - 18:30 (UK time) AMES with modern European language Modern Languages assessment
Monday 28th November 09:30 - 11:00 (UK time) 17:00 - 18:30 (UK time) Philosophy assessment  
Monday 28th November 09:30 - 11:00 (UK time) 17:00 - 18:30 (UK time) Archaeology assessment  
Monday 28th November

Available from 9.30am (GMT) for 48 hours 

  Theology RPR assessment  
Tuesday 29th November various times   King's Engineering Seminar (more information below)
Thursday 24th November various times   King's Mathematics assessment (more information below)
Tuesday 29th November 09:30 - 11:00 (UK time) 17:00 - 18:30 (UK time) Classics 3 Year written assessment  
Tuesday 29th November 09:30 - 11:00 (UK time) 17:00 - 18:30 (UK time) History of Art written assessment  

 

This page (and the links) sets out the information you need about the arrangements for:

  1. Mathematics at interview assessment
  2. Engineering Seminar
  3. HSPS at interview assessment
  4. all other written assessments

If you experience trouble accessing your exam on the day, please email us at undergraduate.admissions@kings.cam.ac.uk. We would need a written statement to add to your file, so prefer communication by email. If you can't access the internet at all, you can phone us at 01223 331417. Please only call as a very last resort and please be aware that we are unable to provide any tech support

 

Mathematics written Assessment

All applicants invited for interview for the Mathematics course are required to take the King's Mathematics written assessment. This year, the assessment will be administered via zoom.

Date: Thursday 24th November

We will invite candidates to a test sitting on Thursday 24th November 2022.

The exact time will be included in your invitation for interview and the link to join the assessment sitting will be sent to you closer to the date. 

Equipment

Please make sure that you have access to a desk-top or lap-top with a webcam enabled for the assessment. You will need pen and paper to write your answers and for rough work. Calculators or apps are not permitted. You will need to be alone in the room you are sitting the assessment in. 

How to

Please join your assessment sitting 15 minutes before it is set to start. We have scheduled the joining time for you. When you join the zoom call, please use your actual name, as it appears on your UCAS application as your user name.When you join your assessment sitting, you will be put in a waiting room. We will let candidates in from the waiting room one by one and may check your ID, so please have this on you.  

Engineering Seminar

All applicants who are invited for interview for the Engineering course are required to take the King's Engineering seminar. This year, the seminar will be administered via zoom.

Date: Tuesday 29 November 2022

We will invite candidates to a seminar sitting on 29 November 2022

The exact time and the link to join the assessment sitting will be included in your invitation for interview. 

Equipment

Please make sure that you have access to a desk-top or lap-top with a webcam enabled for the assessment. Further info tbc.

How to

Please join your assessment sitting 15 minutes before it is set to start. We have scheduled the joining time for you. When you join the zoom call, please use your actual name, as it appears on your UCAS application as your user name.When you join your assessment sitting, you will be put in a waiting room. We will let candidates in from the waiting room one by one and may check your ID, so please have this on you.  

HSPS written assessment

All applicants who are invited for interview for the HSPS course are required to take the King's HSPS written assessment. This year, the assessment will be administered via zoom.

Date: Wednesday 30th November 2022

We will invite candidates to a test sitting on 30th November 2022.

The exact time will be included in your invitation for interview and the link to join the assessment sitting will be provided closer to the date. 

Equipment

Please make sure that you have access to a desk-top or lap-top with a webcam enabled for the assessment. You will need pen and paper to write your answers and for rough work. Dictionaries or apps are not permitted. You will need to be alone in the room you are sitting the assessment in. You may type your answers or hand write them if you prefer. If you hand write, you will need to be able to create a pdf of your writing to submit as soon as the test is over. Please have a look at apps like CamScanner. 

How to

Please join your assessment sitting 15 minutes before it is set to start. We have scheduled the joining time for you. When you join the zoom call, please use your actual name, as it appears on your UCAS application as your user name.When you join your assessment sitting, you will be put in a waiting room. We will let candidates in from the waiting room one by one and may check your ID, so please have this on you.  

all other assessments

This information is for candidates for the following courses:

  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • AMES with a modern European Language
  • Classics 3Y
  • History of Art
  • History and Modern Languages
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Modern and Medieval Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Theology, Religion and Philosophy or Religion

Please be aware that the information below is provisional, we will add more information when we can. 

General instructions (except Linguistics, AMES with ML, MML and History and ML)

We will send you detailed instructions about how to access the assessment paper (via our Moodle platform), with further information about any resources that can be used, whether your answer should be word-processed or handwritten and how to upload your completed paper.

Candidates in the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia will be scheduled for the morning paper, unless we are notified of an unavoidable commitment, while candidates in the USA, Canada and South America will be scheduled for the afternoon paper. Candidates in Australasia should indicate to us which paper best suits your time zone.

You may take the assessment in your home or at your school – whichever environment feels the most comfortable to you and has the most reliable internet connection. It is not invigilated, but please do try to find a quiet environment where you will not be disturbed.

You are expected to spend the time specified to you completing the assessment; a slightly broader time window is provided to allow for download and upload of the paper. If you have notified us of extra time requirements, this will be factored into the allowable upload deadline.

If you do experience any difficulty during the Assessment window, either technical or personal, you should report this to the admissions office at King's as soon as possible afterwards, for taking into proper consideration.

During your online interview you may be asked to discuss your responses in further detail, so you should make sure that you retain a copy of your answers for reference. Please destroy the question paper. 

The assessment only forms one part of the evidence we will use in our selection process, alongside your academic record (and any contextual information), your personal statement, your reference, and the interview itself.

 

General instructions for Linguistics, AMES with ML, MML and History and ML

The Linguistics and Modern Languages assessment for AMES, MML and History and ML will be invigilated via Zoom. We will send you a link to access the session and detailed instructions. Answers for Linguistics should be typed, preferably in a format readable in MS Word. Answers for Modern Languages post-A-level and for History and ML ab-initio assessments should be written by hand if possible. Please have a black pen and paper ready. 

Equipment

Please make sure that you have access to a desk-top or lap-top with a webcam enabled for the assessment. Dictionaries or apps are not permitted. You will need to be alone in the room you are sitting the assessment in. 

How to

Please join your assessment sitting 15 minutes before it is set to start. We have scheduled the joining time for you. When you join the zoom call, please use your actual name, as it appears on your UCAS application as your user name.When you join your assessment sitting, you will be put in a waiting room. We will let candidates in from the waiting room one by one and may check your ID, so please have this on you.  

 

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