What are the Cambridge admissions tests?

Cambridge is a world-renowned university and is ranked the best University in the UK and 2nd best in the world according to the QS World University rankings. It’s unsurprising that it sees hoards of applicants every year and has an acceptance rate of just 15.8%. But getting into Cambridge is not only competitive, it’s unique.

Admissions processes for Cambridge undergraduate courses never look at your UCAS application alone. There are several stages to a Cambridge application. All applicants will need to complete a UCAS application alongside a My Cambridge application (or MyCApp), further details on this can be found on our previous blog. All applicants who pass this initial stage of the admissions process will be interviewed, and no one receives a Cambridge offer without a successful interview. 

Read our ‘How to get into Cambridge’ article for key information about the lengthy and challenging Cambridge application process! We also have a separate article on Oxford admissions tests.

In this article, we will lead you through Cambridge admissions tests, explaining what they are, why Cambridge uses them, and how you can best prepare for them with key insider knowledge and top tips from our very best Oxbridge admissions experts.

Our Cambridge admissions tutors have extensive experience and success with getting students, like you, into Cambridge and all of them have been through the challenging application process themselves. Oxbridge applicants who find support with us are 3x more likely to get in. If you are serious about applying to Cambridge then reach out for that important helping hand in the application process. 


What is an admissions test?

Many universities run admissions tests for subjects such as Medicine, Law, Mathematics, Engineering and the Natural Sciences. Cambridge is no exception. These tests are designed to be difficult, more so than the typical A level examinations. No one gets 100%. The tests reflect the level of understanding required for undergraduate-level study in said subject; they assess relevant skills outside of the ‘typical curriculum’. 

There are many types of admissions tests used by different universities and they differ in terms of what they test (they can be subject-specific or test more general aptitudes, such as critical thinking), test format (e.g. essay-based or multiple choice questions), how you register and book the test, and when you take the test. Admissions tests can be more challenging than your A level or IB exams and your scores are considered seriously by the universities that request them. So, you must prepare and avoid tripping up on these!

Don’t get caught out by the challenging nature of these admissions tests, reach out to our expert Oxbridge admissions test tutors!

Why does Cambridge use admissions tests?

The University of Cambridge typically requires admissions tests as part of its application process to allow a thorough and fair assessment of prospective students. On average, Cambridge receives around 22,000 applications but only takes in around 3,500 students each year (data provided by the University of Cambridge). 

Admissions tests help the university distinguish between its applicants who have stellar academic records. Cambridge’s acceptances for 2022 revealed that over 70% of applicants achieved A*A*A* at A level and less than 1% achieved AAA or less. 

Admissions tests are essential to the Cambridge admissions process for two reasons, (1) that they provide a more stringent assessment of the applicants’ aptitude and (2) that they are typically more advanced than A level exams, acquainting students with university-level study. 

You should see the admissions test as equivalent to any other exam you are taking (A level, IB or equivalent) as universities, like Cambridge, include admissions tests as an entry requirement and part of your conditional offer. Not only do you need to pass the test but sometimes you’ll need to meet a specific grade as well. The admissions tests used by Cambridge are explained in detail in our next section.

What admissions tests does Cambridge use? 

Some changes are being made to what admissions tests Cambridge is using for the 2025 entry cycle. Cambridge Admissions Assessment Tests (CAAT) previously administered several admissions tests which were formally called the Cambridge Pre-registration assessments. These were used by Cambridge and multiple other universities. 

However, CAAT is now to withdraw from running a series of these tests, read their article for more information. 

Resultingly, Cambridge will no longer require the BMAT (Biomedical Admissions Test) from Medicine applicants, the NSAA (Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment) from Natural Science or the ENGAA (Engineering Admissions Assessment) from Engineering applicants as these will be replaced with the UCAT and ESAT. Check out our article on the ESAT here.

Below is an updated overview of the different tests that Cambridge University uses as part of its selection process for 2025 admission onwards:

UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test): This assessment has been used by many universities worldwide for admission to multiple Medical undergraduate degrees. According to recent news, Cambridge is replacing the BMAT with the UCAT. It is joining the large number of universities that use UCAT (administered by Pearson VUE) in the next application cycle for 2025 entry. This should put some much-needed ease on Medicine applicants applying to a variety of universities alongside Cambridge! 

Similar to the LNAT, the UCAT is a computer-based assessment that does not require any subject-specific knowledge. Instead, the UCAT is a 2-hour test split into 5 sections all with multiple choice questions testing your verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning, and situational judgement. Not all of these titles will make much sense so for more information and access to test resources you should check out the UCAT website.

For more insider tips and advice on how to get started with UCAT read our blog on ‘How to Prepare for the UCAT’. We also have experienced UCAT tutors on hand to support you in preparing for this unique test!

LNAT: The LNAT is a test required by many UK universities including Cambridge, Bristol and Durham for undergraduate Law courses. The test is administered by Pearson VUE. No college at Cambridge explicitly stipulates an LNAT score in their typical offer requirements. To find out more about what a ‘good’ score is and more insider tips on the LNAT read our previous blog. No subject-specific knowledge is required for the LNAT. Instead, the test is designed to evaluate your ability to think critically, be logical, and form clear and convincing arguments, like Lawyers do!

It is a computer-based test that lasts 2 hours and 15 minutes under timed exam conditions. It is divided into two sections, A and B. Section A is a multiple-choice format which includes 42 questions which are based on 12 passages (3 or 4 questions per passage). You will be allowed 95 minutes to answer this section. Section B requires you to write one essay out of three different options. You will be given 40 minutes for this section. 

Reach out to our expert LNAT tutors to ensure that you reach your full potential! Also, check out ‘How to Prepare for the LNAT’ for more comprehensive information.

ESAT: The ESAT is replacing both the ENGAA and NSAA for 2025 entry. This is a computer-based assessment administered by Pearson VUE. The test is entirely multiple choice and designed to test your knowledge of the natural sciences. The total test time will be 120 minutes in one sitting and comprise of 3 sections which are 40 minutes each in length. 

All students must complete ‘Mathematics 1’, and they can choose two further sections from the following: 

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics 2

Further details on the ESAT are available on Cambridge University’s website. You should check this regularly for updates on how to register and book the test! Also, check out our article on how to prepare for the ESAT.

TMUA: The test is entirely mathematical, comprising of 2 papers taken consecutively and consisting entirely of multiple choice questions (same as the NSAA and ENGAA). Candidates are graded 1.0 (low) to 9.0 (high). Generally speaking, there is no passing or failing, but the grade boundaries are generated as a weighted average depending on the performance of all test takers for that year. In other words, you want to score as highly as possible! See the TMUA website for more information.

You can find out how to prepare for the TMUA in our article and you can also get direct tailored support and advice from one of our expert TMUA tutors!

The TMUA is currently part of the CAAT series of pre-registration assessments, however, it is not being cancelled as it will be administered by Pearson Vue for 2025 entry. You can read more about the changes to the admissions tests at Cambridge here and keep your eyes peeled for the relevant admissions testing pages which will contain up-to-date information regarding the admissions test you’ll need to take!

STEP: STEP is a type of mathematical admissions test administered by OCR. It is used by Cambridge and many other UK universities to judge the aptitude of applicants to study undergraduate Mathematics and other mathematical courses. 

There are 2 STEP papers called STEP 2 and STEP 3. Cambridge requires all Mathematics applicants to achieve a grade 1 or above in STEP exams 2 and 3. More information on the scoring system can be found on the STEP website. 

This test is NOT multiple choice, which is different from the TMUA. Instead, the exam style is more like a typical A level examination. Hence, the questions require your workings as well as an answer. Both papers are 3 hours long and comprise 3 sections. Section 1 (Pure Mathematics) has 8 questions, whilst Section 2 (Probability and Statistics) and Section 3 (Mechanics) have 2 questions each. The candidate can answer as many questions as they like so long as they answer 6 in total. Their top 6 answers are used to calculate their grade.

STEP does not cover any topics beyond the A level syllabus. A good foundation of knowledge, practice, and strategy is needed to attain high grades in these papers! More key insider knowledge can be found in our guide on ‘How to Prepare for STEP’. You can also get direct tailored support and advice from one of our expert STEP tutors!

College admission assessments: Some courses require applicants to complete college admission assessments; this can also depend on your choice of college. You do not need to register in advance for these. You can check here to see if your chosen course requires a college admission assessment and, if so, which colleges require it. More information is also available on Cambridge’s college admission assessment page.

Which courses at Cambridge require an admissions test?

CoursesAdmissions testTest format
  • Archaeology.
College Admissions Test.The Archaeology admissions assessment involves reading one passage of text of around 500 words (chosen from 2 options) and answering two related questions (chosen from a list of 4 questions). You have 1 hour to complete the task and will be assessed on your comprehension and ability to form effective arguments and write clearly.

All colleges.
  • Architecture.
College Admissions Test.The Architecture admissions assessment is a 1-hour exam consisting of 2 sections: part 1 is a writing skills assessment, where you will write a short essay in response to a question, while in part 2, you will be asked to observe and interpret a setting through drawing.

All colleges.

  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES).
  • Modern and Medieval Languages (MML).
College Admissions Test.The MML admissions assessment is a 1-hour exam split into 2 sections. Section A requires you to write an answer to a question/text passage in the language you wish to study at Cambridge. It is not a fill-the-gaps test, but rather a free-flowing essay which is used to assess how well you can express yourself in the foreign language. In section B, you write your answer in English, paying particular attention to the observations you made from the question/passage of text.

Written assessment required by all colleges.
  • Classics.
College Admissions Test.All colleges require applicants to take a Latin (or Greek) skills or Language aptitude assessment interview (depending on what pathway you’ve chosen).

If you are applying for the 3-year Classics course, you are required to sit a 60-minute translation exercise as your written assessment. If you are applying for the 4-year Classics course, you will be required to sit a 20-minute language aptitude interview.

  • Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.
  • Engineering.
  • Natural Sciences.
  • Veterinary Medicine. 
ESATComputer-based test completed in a single 120-minute sitting. The test is entirely multiple-choice.

Candidates must complete 3 separate sections which carry equal marks and should each take 40 minutes. Students will complete 3 sections from the following sections (Maths 1 is compulsory):

  • Mathematics 1 (compulsory).
  • Biology.
  • Chemistry.
  • Physics.
  • Mathematics 2.
  • Computer Science.
  • Economics.
TMUAThis 150-minute test is split equally into two parts. 

Part 1 assesses your application of mathematics to new or unseen situations.

Part 2 assesses your mathematical and logical reasoning.

The entire test is multiple choice and taken in a single sitting.

  • Education.
College Admissions Test.No assessment is required by all colleges except Wolfson College, which requires a written assessment.

At your interview, you will be asked to sit a written assessment which consists of an essay on a topic in Education.

  • English.
College Admissions Test.A written assessment is required by all colleges. Cambridge no longer uses the ELAT.

Essay/text response element (90 minutes). See a sample paper here.

  • Geography.
College Admissions Test.No assessment is required by most colleges, except Hughes Hall, St Edmund’s, and Wolfson, which require a written assessment.

Usually, the Geography admissions assessment is a 2-hour exam consisting of two sections: section 1 is a multiple-choice test which assesses your thinking skills and reading comprehension, while section 2 requires you to produce a written response to a graphical stimulus. Details will be provided directly to applicants.

  • History.
  • History and Modern Languages.
  • History and Politics.
College Admissions Test.The HAA is a 2-hour test designed to assess your reading, critical thinking, and analytical skills. It consists of 2 sections: section 1 includes multiple-choice questions designed to test your grasp of implicit meaning and eye for detail, and section 2 requires a written response based on comparing and contrasting two passages from historical texts. Find out more about the HAA and how to prepare.

Some colleges require the HAA, others don’t. Wolfson requires its own written test.

For Modern Languages, all colleges require a language test.

  • History of Art.
College Admissions Test.A written assessment is required by all colleges.

The History of Art admissions assessment consists of a 1 hour written assessment within a 90-minute window. You will be asked to comment on two pairs of images of works of art, which you will be able to select from 5 possible pairs. The assessment is designed to assess your visual acumen and intelligence, as well as provide a good indication of how you will perform on a History of Art course.

  • Human, Social, and Political Sciences (HSPS).
College Admissions Test.No assessment is required for most colleges. Some colleges require a written assessment.

The HSPS admissions assessment is a 2-hour exam with the aim of determining your ability to read critically, analyse detail, and grasp implicit meaning (section 1), as well as form a logical and persuasive argument (section 2). The exam lasts 2 hours, with 1 hour dedicated to section 1 (multiple-choice questions) and the other hour dedicated to section 2 (an essay-writing question).

  • Law. 
LNATA 135-minute computer-based test comprising two sections. 

Section A has 42 multiple-choice questions and is allotted 95 minutes.

Section B provides the candidate with a choice of three essay questions. The candidate must choose one and spend 40 minutes writing the essay. 

  • Linguistics.
College Admissions Test.The Linguistics admissions assessment is a 60-minute test including a combination of data questions and an essay question, split over 3 sections. It is designed to assess how you go about finding answers and how you prioritise your time in producing the answers, rather than your technical knowledge.

A written assessment is required by all colleges.

  • Mathematics.
STEP (2 and 3)Both papers follow the same format. 

STEP 2 and 3 papers are taken separately. They are 3 hours long and have a total of 12 questions split across 3 sections. 

  • Section 1: pure Mathematics, 8 questions.
  • Section 2: Mechanics, 2 questions.
  • Section 3: Probability/Statistics, 2 questions. 

Candidates must choose at least 6 questions to complete and can complete more, it doesn’t matter which questions are chosen. The top 6 scoring questions will go towards your final grade calculation.

  • Medicine (Standard and Graduate courses).
UCATA computer-based single 2-hour test split into 5 subtests which are scored separately:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Decision Making
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Abstract Reasoning
  • Situational Judgement 

The time allocation between the subtests is not equal. See the UCAT website for more information.

  • Music.
College Admissions Test.During the interview, colleges will assess aptitude, knowledge base and potential.

Required by some colleges.

  • Philosophy.
College Admissions Test.A written assessment is required by all colleges.

The Philosophy admissions assessment is a 1-hour exam containing 18 multiple-choice questions (part I) and an essay question (part II).

  • Psychological and Behavioural Sciences.
College Admissions Test.No assessment is required for most colleges.

Written assessment required by: Gonville & Caius, Homerton, Hughes Hall, Murray Edwards, Newnham, Selwyn, and Wolfson.

The Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Admissions Assessment is a 2-hour exam designed to assess your thinking skills, mathematical and biological knowledge, and reading comprehension (section 1), as well as your ability to think analytically and form a clear argument (section 2).

Please note: Many undergraduate courses require a college admissions test. You can gather the information you need about the admissions tests required for your course by viewing the Cambridge admissions test page, college admissions test page, or the relevant course pages. These individual tests are requested after you submit your application, either before or after you are invited for an interview.  They are typically in person and last 1 hour.

There is lots of variation in the test formats depending on the Course and the College. 

Different colleges may have separate entry requirements not just relating to your grades but also how well you do on the admissions tests.  It is worth checking the college-specific entry requirements available on the relevant course pages and also checking the College’s own website for more information on entry requirements. 

You’ll be able to find more information about your course through Cambridge’s course pages. Remember that Cambridge differs from most other universities in being made up of different colleges. Not all colleges will offer the course you want, and some are better than others in specific disciplines. In fact, many courses have differing entry requirements for the same course title! 

If you are unsure about the Cambridge application process read our guide for more guidance and key insider information. You can also seek tailored advice and support from our Oxbridge admissions consultants, many of whom have been on the Oxbridge admissions team themselves. In our most recent analysis, we found that we had a 55% success rate of getting our students into Oxbridge, which is 3x the national average!

6 Tips for preparing for a Cambridge admissions test

1. You are responsible for taking your test

Many admissions tests require you to register and book them either via your institution or by yourself! Cambridge applicants can find what test they need to take by looking at the relevant course pages or on the Admissions Tests and Assessments page on the Cambridge website. 

Be prepared and do not miss deadlines!

Below is an outline of the stages you must complete before completing the test. This is accurate as of January 2024.  

TestPre-booking Registration/BookingTest dateTest location
ESATCreate an account with Pearson Vue following updates released in March 2024.Register for the test via your  Pearson VUE account. 

This is likely to open in early September – watch this space!

15-17th  October. Must be taken in a Pearson VUE test centre which you choose when registering for the test.
LNATSet up a Pearson Vue account via the LNAT website. This and should be done ASAP or at least before 1st August the year before entry (e.g. 1st August 2023 for 2024 entry).Registration typically opens in early August the year before entry. 

Book the test via your account ASAP.

Test dates start in early September. 

You must take the test before or on the date of your UCAS application deadline.

Must be taken in a Pearson VUE test centre which you choose when registering for the test.
STEPFind a test centre. This is usually your school or college – but ask to make sure!March-May the year of entry 

(e.g. 1st March – 4th May 2024 for 2024 entry).

Test dates for STEP 2 and 3 are updated online for each admissions cycle. 

Typically in the summer exam period the year of admission. (e.g. 5th and 24th June 2024 for 2024 entry).

Your test centre (usually your school or college).
TMUACreate an account with Pearson Vue following updates released in March 2024.Register for the test via your  Pearson VUE account. 

This is likely to open in early September -watch this space!

15-17th  October. Must be taken in a Pearson VUE test centre which you choose when registering for the test.
UCATCreate a UCAT account which typically opens in May the year before entry e.g. accounts for new applicants for 2024 entry could be made from 16th May 2023. 

Book your test through your account from June. The key dates are regularly updated on the UCAT website

Multiple test dates that run from July until late September. 

You must have taken the test before the UCAS deadline (usually mid-October).

Must be taken in a Pearson VUE test centre which you choose when registering for the test.

Book early to avoid disappointment! 

College admissions testCheck the College website for key resources and materials as well as the Universities webpageNone required.You will be invited to complete a test before or after your interview. These are usually run in late November the year before entry e.g. November 2023 for 2024 entry. 

Check here for your relevant course.

Check your individual Course on your chosen College website. 

Please note: STEP registration is performed by your test centre, school or college on your behalf. You must provide them with the necessary information in advance of registration described here.

ESAT is replacing NSAA and ENGAA and more details on registration and booking are to follow in March 2024. You must regularly check the Cambridge University Admissions Tests and Assessments page for any updates on the admissions tests. 

TMUA is no longer being administered by CAAT from 2025 entry onwards. Instead, it will now be administered by Pearson VUE which also administers the LNAT and UCAT. For updates on TMUA registration and booking regularly check the Cambridge University Admissions Tests and Assessments page for any updates with the admissions tests. 

2. Have an ideal score in mind

You might have realised that the scoring system is not so straightforward for these admissions tests. But to get into Cambridge you want to be better than average in terms of your test score. You can read more key insider information and top tips with our article on ‘How to get into Cambridge’. 

ESAT: this test is replacing the NSAA and ENGAA but will follow a similar test format. You can find information on previous test scores on the CAAT website. More information about what a ‘good’ score looks like can be found in our previous blogs on ‘How to prepare for the ENGAA’ and ‘How to prepare for the NSAA’.

LNAT: The LNAT is split into two sections section A is marked out of 42 and is a series of multiple-choice questions. Generally, you want to score as highly as possible in this section. Section B is an essay and is not marked by the test administrator instead this essay goes directly to your university. Here at The Profs, we have excellent LNAT tutors who can assist you with writing an essay fit for Cambridge Admission! 

STEP: All Mathematics applicants are required to achieve grade 1 in STEP 2 and 3. The grade boundaries vary year on year and these can be found on the STEP results page. However based on grade boundaries from 2020 onwards Candidates will need to achieve a mark of at least 67 out of 120 to reach grade 1. For more information, read our article on ‘How to prepare for STEP’. Why not also get in touch with us to find a STEP tutor from our network who can assist you improve your understanding of the content and build a strategy for tackling these papers alongside your all-important summer examinations?

TMUA: This test is no longer being administered by CAAT but by Pearson VUE. However, the test format and scoring system is most likely to be the same. You can find more information about results and scores from previous years on the CAAT TMUA results page. You should also read our previous blog for more insider information.

UCAT: This test is split into 5 sections and performance in each section determines an individual score. Given the recent switchover from BMAT, the University of Cambridge has disclosed no further information on how they will use the scores. However, you can find more general information on the UCAT in our blog.

Even though the scoring for each test can be slightly confusing, make sure you have an ideal score in mind. Make sure you research the scoring systems for the test/s you will be required to take. 

For example, LNAT scoring is out of 42, which includes the score of section A (multiple choice). The test centre does not mark the essay component (section B) but instead sends it to tutors at Cambridge within your desired course. 

Whatever your ideal score is, The Profs can help you achieve it, contact our expert  admission test tutors today!

3. Leave plenty of time to prepare

You must allocate a significant amount of time for thorough preparation. These tests are well-known for their challenging nature, demanding a deep understanding of the subject matter (depending on the test, it may not always require subject knowledge) and an ability for critical thinking and problem-solving on your part.

Your preparation should involve: 

  • Familiarising yourself with the specific format and content of the tests.
  • Practising under timed conditions.
  • Honing the skills necessary to excel in each section.

Leaving plenty of time to prepare will allow you to identify your strengths and weaknesses and tailor your study plans accordingly. Moreover, leaving a significant amount of time for preparation will enable you to seek additional resources, such as sample questions, past papers, and expert guidance, all contributing to a more comprehensive and practical study strategy. Adopting a proactive approach and dedicating time to your preparation can enhance your chances of success and showcase your academic prowess during the admissions process.

Additionally, dedicating time to your preparation enables you to manage the stress and anxiety associated with these assessments, where the outcome is significant for your application process. Cambridge admissions tests are known for their intensity, and having a well-structured study plan allows you to build confidence and competence gradually. It also allows you to revisit challenging areas and reinforce understanding, ultimately fostering a sense of preparedness crucial for success in such competitive examinations.

Our expert Oxbridge admission test tutors can provide a personalised approach while giving you invaluable first-hand advice, given that many of the team members at The Profs are Cambridge graduates. Do not leave it too late; be ahead of the game!

4. Get to know the format and specifications of the test

Regardless of the particular admissions test or tests you are undertaking, you must be aware of the structure you will be presented with. The exam layout should feel like second nature as soon as you start the test. 

Aside from the layout’s nature, ensure you are also aware of the test specification and marking criteria. For example, the STEP specification (available online here) is similar to that covered in core A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Furthermore, if you get the answer right the actual working doesn’t matter. That said, you should not use guesswork or a  trial-and-error method! 

All the specifications and links to past papers, resources, and further support materials are available online for all admissions tests at Cambridge. The University provides information and links to resources on the Admissions Tests and Assessments page. You should use this page as your first point of call when identifying what admissions tests you’ll need to complete for successful admission to the University. 

5. Practise past papers under timed conditions 

One of the most effective strategies is to engage in timed practice using past papers to understand the admissions test layout better. By simulating exam conditions during these practice sessions, you get a genuine feel for the actual examination day and improve your time management skills, a critical component for success in these rigorous exams. This method will give you further insights into the types of questions you will be required to answer and the expected complexity levels.

Get yourself comfortable with the assessment format and build your chances of success. You certainly don’t want to be thrown off on the test day with an unfamiliar format. Luckily all admissions tests at Cambridge give access to past papers free of charge. 

Relevant links can be found via the Cambridge Admissions Tests and Assessments webpage

Alternatively, you can access materials directly from the official STEP, TMUA, UCAT, and LNAT web pages. 

These materials (including the mark schemes and reports!) are always available to the public so don’t hesitate to begin as soon as you can. Delving into past papers grants you a comprehensive view, allowing you to refine your revision strategies and pinpoint areas for improvement. Furthermore, it is a diagnostic tool that showcases your strengths and weaknesses.

6. Work with an admissions test expert

Sometimes, it can be challenging to know where to begin in terms of preparation for the admissions tests. This can often lead to students leaving preparation to the very last minute. To avoid this, work with a Cambridge University admissions test expert. 

By working with an expert admissions test tutor, you can benefit in many ways and maximise your outcome: 

  • Tailored approach to your needs: An experienced Cambridge University admissions test tutor at The Profs can assess your strengths and weaknesses, providing targeted guidance that aligns with your needs. This personalised approach will ensure that you and the tutor can continually refine and adapt your revision and preparation for your revision journey.
  • In-depth insight into test structure and format: With firsthand experience in the admissions process, an expert tutor possesses a comprehensive understanding of the specific requirements, format, and nuances of the admissions tests. By working with an expert tutor, you can gain tailored advice from first-hand experience that you can effectively implement into your approach. This insight will enable you to navigate the exams more confidently and strategically.
  • Realistic practice with performance analysis: Expert tutors at The Profs can simulate exam conditions by offering access to practical mock tests. You will also receive detailed feedback on performance, coupled with constructive analysis, which will help you identify areas for improvement, refine strategies, and gauge your readiness for the exams. This practice contributes to increased familiarity with the testing environment, reducing stress on exam day.

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Do I need to pay for my test?

The table below shows the costs of each admissions test currently run by Cambridge:

TestTest registration fee 
ESAT£75 (UK and Republic of Ireland)

£130 (if taken anywhere else).

LNAT£75 (UK and EU)/

£120 (outside EU).

STEP£93 (UK only)/

£129 (outside UK).

TMUA£75 (UK and Republic of Ireland)

£130 (if taken anywhere else).

Please note that the test centre may incur an administration cost. Registration fees for the tests above can be waived under certain circumstances which you can find online. 

How do I complete admissions tests as an international student?

For overseas students, you will need to meet an English language requirement as part of your Cambridge application. Details can be found on the University support page for non-UK applicants. 

A second hurdle for international applicants is finding an appropriate test centre. For the ESAT, LNAT, TMUA and UCAT you will need to find a centre that is recognised by Pearson VUE (the test administrator). If your country does not have a test centre and you cannot get your school or college to become one then contact the University as soon as possible