Some courses require an additional application form to be completed. These forms are sent or made available to the applicant online once their application has be received and processed past its first stage.
It is important to check to see if this is likely to be required as, typically, very little turnaround time is given for the return of such forms. In order to discriminate between applicants with very similar or identical results at GCSE and AS Level, university courses are increasingly opting for their own tests which are done in advance of any interview and may be used as part of a de-selection process.
Tests are used by a number of universities, not just Oxford and Cambridge. Oxford uses the tests to de-select students – sometimes quite substantially. This would mean that a student who does not meet the cut-off point in the test will not be interviewed. Cambridge may also do this in the future.
SAQ - Supplementary Application Questionnaire (Cambridge)
Cambridge also have the SAQ (Supplementary Application Questionnaire). This is sent to students direct from Cambridge after their application has been received. It has a tight deadline so you should be ready for it. It is your chance to make specific points about the particular application to the particular Cambridge course.
Please note: This is an area of significant change and that all applicants are advised to check the requirements of their chosen course at the time that they apply. At the moment, we expect more of these tests to be required.
- Specimen papers for the new pre-interview Cambridge tests can be found at: www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/admissions-assessments/pre-interview
- Details and examples of Cambridge’s at interview tests can be found at: www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/admissions-assessments/pre-interview
- BMAT – BioMedical Admissions Test - www.admissionstestingservice.org/for-test-takers/bmat
- UKCAT – UK Clinical Aptitude Test - www.ukcat.ac.uk
- LNAT – Natural Admissions Test for Law - www.lnat.ac.uk. This will be an on-screen test this year and will include the need to type an essay.
- MML – Cambridge University, Modern and Medieval Languages -http://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/applying/how#written
- STEP – Cambridge University, Sixth Term Examination Papers – normally part of the conditional offers from the Mathematics Department www.maths.cam.ac.uk/undergrad/admissions/step/
- TSA – Thinking Skills Assessment - www.admissionstestingservice.org/for-test-takers/thinking-skills-assessment/
- ELAT – Oxford University, English Literature Admissions Test - www.admissionstestingservice.org/for-test-takers/elat/about-elat/
- HAT – Oxford University, History Aptitude Test www.history.ox.ac.uk/prospective/undergraduate/applying/the-history-aptitude-test.html
- Physics Aptitude Test – Oxford University, Physics - http://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduates/applications/physics-aptitude-test-pat
- Admissions Test for Mathematics, Joint Degrees and Computer Science – Oxford University has introduced further admissions tests for Classics, Modern Languages and Oriental Languages. The number of tests is growing all the time – please check the website and consult www.maths.ox.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduate-study/mathsadmissions-test