What is the TSA?

The Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) is a test designed to examine your critical thinking, numerical reasoning and problem-solving skills. It is required for certain courses at – in the UK – the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, and UCL. It is typically used as part of the application process for human and social sciences such as PPE, Geography, Psychology and Political Studies, and your score will affect your likelihood of receiving an offer. All three UK universities use the TSA slightly differently and have their own versions. For all of them, you are required to do a 90-minute multiple-choice paper consisting of problem-solving (including numerical reasoning) and critical thinking questions. For most courses, Oxford includes an additional essay writing section that is to be completed in 30 minutes. Take a look at our full guide to the TSA here and get in touch with our specialist TSA Tutors – distinguished and experienced academics from Oxford, Cambridge and UCL who can help you to prepare for the test. The Profs also offer a range of other admissions test help. The TSA has been discontinued from 2024 onwards, see here.