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TSA and Related Assessments (ECAA, GAA, PBSAA)

TSA Summer Course

Subject Lesson date Time
TSA Course 1
(10 hours)
12th July 2019 (Fri)
26th July 2019 (Fri)
10:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00
10:00-12:00, 13:00-15:00
TSA Course 2
(10 hours)
16th August 2019 (Fri)
23th August 2019(Fri)
10:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00
10:00-12:00, 13:00-15:00

What is TSA?

The Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) is a test used by specific Oxbridge programs to assess if a candidate has the qualities needed to excel in their courses. Programs that require TSA include:

  1. University of Oxford
    • Economics and Management
    • Experimental Psychology
    • Human Sciences
    • Philosophy and Linguistics
    • Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
    • Psychology and Linguistics
    • Psychology and Philosophy
    • Chemistry (Section 1 only)
    • History and Economics (Section 1 only)
  2. University of Cambridge
    • Land Economy
  3. University College London
    • European Social and Political Studies
    • International Social and Political Studies

For Oxbridge, the TSA is hosted only once in that year’s application cycle, usually in late October or early November.

The 2019 test date is October 30th, 2019. Instead of registering on their own, students need to be registered by a test centre. CANA is an official test centre to register students for the TSA. The TSA results will be announced online in mid-January.

For UCL, students do not need to register, they will be advised to take the test on an assessment day by the university, usually between December to March. Different from Oxbridge, the TSA results are not released to candidates and will be passed to UCL directly.

The test takes 120 minutes in total and consists of two main sections:

  • Section 1: 50 multiple-choice questions testing critical thinking and reasoning
  • Section 2: Requires students to write an essay out of four given topics

While the essay topics are not subject-specific, an understanding and awareness of global issues will give you an edge.

ECAA, GAA and PBSAA contains a significant portion of TSA questions

ECAA, GAA and PBSAA contains questions extracted from the same year’s TSA paper. Below table shows the breakdown.

Assessment Test Section Questions common to TSA Subjects applicable
TSA
Section 1 and 2
(Full)
25 Critical Thinking Questions
25 Problem Solving Questions
30-min Essay
Oxford: Economics and Management; Human Sciences; Philosophy, Politics and Economics; All Philosophy, Psychology and Linguistics Combinations; Experimental Psychology
TSA
Section 1 only
25 Critical Thinking Questions
25 Problem Solving Questions
Oxford: Chemistry ; History and Economics
Cambridge: Land Economy
UCL : European Social and Political Studies ; International Social and Political Studies
GAA#
Section 1A
11 Critical Thinking Questions
11 Problem Solving Questions
Cambridge: Geography
PBSAA*
Section 1A and 2
11 Critical Thinking Questions
11 Problem Solving Questions
40-min Essay
Cambridge: Psychological and Behavioural Sciences
ECAA^
Section 1A
20 Problem Solving Questions Cambridge: Economics

# GAA contains 3 components – Candidates are required to complete Section 1A (Thinking Skills Assessment), Section 1B (Reading Comprehension) and Section 2 (Interpretation of graphical data).

*PBSAA contains 3 components – Candidates are required to complete Section 1A (Thinking Skills Assessment), option to choose either completing Section 1B (Mathematics and Biology) or 1C (Reading Comprehension), compulsory to complete Section 2 (Essay) (same skills required as TSA).

^ ECAA contains 3 components – Candidates are required to complete Section 1A (Problem Solving Questions), Section 1B (Advanced Mathematics) and Section 2 (Essay responding to a text).

How to Score High in TSA

We offer private individual lessons and a group crash-course for TSA candidates in the summer. The crash course provides an overview of the test and techniques for all sections comprehensively. Meanwhile, individual lessons are personalized based on your specific needs, targeting areas of weakness. Both the crash course and private lessons are led by experienced TSA instructors who have taken the test themselves, and/or been educated in top UK universities.

For more information about our private lessons and crash course, leave us a message here or contact us at (852)2302-6500 or cana@canaelite.com. In the meantime, check out our freeUCAS Application Guide to begin your journey to a university education in the UK.


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