Admissions Assessments

Many applicants will be required to take an Admissions Assessment as part of their application. Some of these assessments take place in the week before your interview (if you are invited), but for many subjects they take place before you received an interview invitation- at schools, colleges and other designated assessment centres. For these pre-registration assessments, you will need to be registered well in advance (by the deadline for submitting your UCAS application, 15th October). 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 written assessment, check the details for each subject below:
 

Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

Candidates for ASNC at King's College are not required to take a written assessment. 

Archaeology

Students who are invited for interview in Archaeology at King's are asked to take the written College registered Admissions Assessment. You do not need to register for this assessment as it will be organised automatically by the College if you are invited for interview and details will be provided directly to you.

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. The Assessment format is an essay/text response element and normally lasts 60 minutes.

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Candidates for Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at King's are not required to take a written admissions assessment.

If you are applying for a European language alongside your Asian & Middle Eastern language, you will be asked to take the written assessment:College registered for MML, which lasts one hour. It consists of a discursive response in your Foreing Language (40 minutes) and a discursive response in English (20 minutes). 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 and Biotechnology at King's are required to take a pre-registration written assessment for Natural Sciences (NSAA), 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

Students who are invited for interview in Classics are asked to take a College registered 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-registered written assessment at an authorised test centre local to them. This assessment will be the Test of Mathematics for University Admission (TMUA). You must be registered in advance to take the assessment. The TMUA consists of Mathematical thinking part (75 minute) and a Mathematical Reasoning part (75 minutes).

Economics

All candidates for Economics at King's are required to take the pre-registered written assessment for Economics (TMUA), which will take place in schools and other assessment centres. You must be registered in advance to take the assessment. The TMUA consists of Mathematical thinking part (75 minute) and a Mathematical Reasoning part (75 minutes).

Engineering

All candidates for Engineering are required to take the pre-registered written admissions assessment for Engineering (ENGAA), 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 College registered written assessment set by the Director of Studies and also 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 the College written assessment and the seminar and details will be provided to you, if you are invited for interview. 

English

If you are invited for interview, candidates for English are required to take a college registered written assessment for English. Further details will be provided to you directly by the college. 

Geography

Candidates for Geography at King's are not required to take a written admissions assessment for Geography.

History

Candidates for History at King's are not required to take a written admissions assessment.

History and Modern Languages

Candidates for History and Modern Languages are not required to take a written admissions assessment for History.

If you are invited for interview and are applying for a language that you have already studied at A-level or equivalent, you will be asked to take the College registered 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. 

History and Politics

Candidates for History and Politics at King's are not required to take a written admissions assessment.

History of Art

Applicants who are invited for interview for History of Art are asked to take the College-registered 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

Candidates for HSPS at King's who are invited for interview will sit be required to sit a written college registered assessment. Details will be shared with you directly.  

Law

All applicants for Law are required to take a pre-registration written assessment (LNAT) which will take place in schools and other assessment centres. You must be registered in advance to take the assessment.

Linguistics

All applicants for Linguistics are required to take a written assessment if shortlisted for interview. You will not need to register in advance for this assessment and the college will provide details directly to you.

Mathematics

Candidates invited for interviews at King's sit a written test set by the Director of Studies. You do not need to register for this and details will be provided to you directly.

Medicine

All candidates for Medicine are required to take the BMAT pre-registered 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

Applicants who are invited for interview in Modern and Medieval Languages are also required to take the college registered 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 is no written assessment for Music candidates at King's. 

Natural Sciences

All candidates for Natural Sciences are required to take the pre-registered 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

Applicants who are invited for interview in Philosophy are also required to take the college registered 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

Candidates for Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at King's are not required to take a written admissions assessment for PBS.

Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion

All candidates invited for interviews for Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion are required to take the college registered written admissions assessment. 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:

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