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Tests and Submitted Work


As part of the assessment process most applicants will be required to take a subject-specific written admissions assessment, either with pre-registration required or not . You may also be asked to submit written work in advance of the interviews.
The details of precisely what is required for each subject can be found by looking at the subject information available by following the courses link opposite.

Summary of the requirements

Written Assessments

Applicants for Medicine must enter themselves for the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT), which will be taken in schools/colleges in October. We do not use the UKCAT.

Applicants for the following subjects must be registered to take an assessment for which they must pre-register.  The assessment will be taken at their local authorised centre (typically your school/college).  The assessments will be taken in October 2023. You must be registered by 6pm on 29 September 2023. 

  • Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering 
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Natural Sciences 
  • Veterinary Medicine

Applicants in the following subjects will be asked to take a written assessment which does not require pre-registration.

  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Classics
  • Design
  • English
  • History
  • History and Politics
  • History and Modern Languages
  • History of Art
  • Linguistics
  • Modern and Medieval Languages
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Psychological and Behavioural Sciences

Applicants to Asian & Middle Eastern Studies wishing to combine an AMES language with a modern European language are required to take the MMLL assessment, if interviewed.

Further information on all the Cambridge assessments can be found here.

Written Work

Candidates in the following subjects will be asked to submit an essay or essays or other writings in advance of the interviews: Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, Archaeology, Classics, Education, English, History, History and Modern Languages, History and Politics, Human Social & Political Sciences, Modern Languages, Music, Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion.