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Tests and Submitted Work


As part of the assessment process you will be required to take a written admissions assessment, either pre-interview, or when you come for interviews at Cambridge. 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 either September or November. We do not use the UKCAT.

Applicants for the following subjects must be registered to take a pre-interview assessment at their local authorised centre (typically your school/college).  The assessments will be taken on 4 November 2020. You must be registered by 6pm on 15 October 2020. If you require access arrangements you must be registered by 30 September 2020.

  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering (including Chemical Engineering via Engineering)
  • English
  • Land Economy
  • Medicine
  • Natural Sciences (including Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences)
  • Veterinary Medicine

Applicants in the following subjects will be asked to take a written assessment at the time of their interviews in Cambridge.  You do not need to register for them.

  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Classics
  • History
  • History and Modern Languages
  • History of Art
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Modern and Medieval Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion

Applicants to Asian & Middle Eastern Studies wishing to combine an AMES language with a modern European language are required to take the at-interview (MML 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.