Other UK University Entry Tests (TSA/STEP)

Many British universities adopt different tests for undergraduate admission to certain subjects. These standardised tests give admission officers an overview of candidates’ capabilities specific to the programmes they apply for. Entry tests vary in terms of their format (sections, question types), focus (key skills or abilities assessed) and use (major factor in admission consideration or used along with other criteria), not to mention they have distinct timelines for registration and release of results as well.

As opposed to criteria that give a generic overview of you as a candidate, the entry test is possibly the only factor where you can show your exceptional calibre and suitability regarding that particular programme. Cambridge gives conditional offers for the mathematics programme based on the STEP, for example (details see below). Passing the test with flying colours is not only essential, it is rather the very basic goal indeed.

Not sure if you need to take a test, or which one you have to take? Here is a menu for common entry tests to UK universities. In addition to this menu, always check carefully with your dream school for specific and updated requirements.


TSA (Thinking Skills Assessment)

Relevant programmes (selected): Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), psychology-related disciplines, human and social sciences
Relevant institutions: Oxbridge, University College London
Skills assessed: problem solving, numerical and spatial reasoning, and critical thinking


STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper)

Relevant programme: mathematics
Relevant institution: Cambridge
Skills assessed: pure mathematics, mechanics, probability and statistics


UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test)

Relevant programmes: medicine, dentistry
Relevant institutions (selected): Manchester, King’s College London, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Warwick
Skills assessed: verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning, and situational judgement

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LNAT (Law National Aptitude Test)

Relevant programme: law
Relevant institutions (selected): Oxford, University College London, King’s College London, Bristol
Skills assessed: comprehension, interpretation, analysis, synthesis, induction, and deduction

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BMAT (Biomedical Admissions Test)

Relevant programme: medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine
Relevant institutions (selected): Oxbridge, University College London, Imperial College London
Skills assessed: problem solving, data analysis, inference, and argumentation

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