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RELC Examinations Bureau is the appointed test centre to administer the University of Cambridge Pre-interview Assessments for Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing.

Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing, a not-for-profit Department of University of Cambridge, develops and delivers the Pre-interview Assessments for undergraduate entry in 2017.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • Universities and Colleges Admissions Service application (UCAS) is required for candidates wishing to apply to University of Cambridge for 2017 entry or deferred entry to 2018.
  • Candidates must submit UCAS application prior to registering for University of Cambridge Pre-interview Assessment, as the UCAS Personal ID is used in matching candidates to their Cambridge application.

 

About the Assessments

The Cambridge Pre-interview Assessment is a 2-hour pen-and paper test divided into two sections. There will be a break in between each section for collection and distribution of question papers and answer sheets for the next section.

 

Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic Admissions Assessment (ASNCAA)

You will require a soft pencil and an eraser for Section 1 and a black pen in Section 2. Dictionaries and calculators may NOT be used.

Section

What does it test?

Questions

Timing

1

Comprehension - ability to read critically, understand main ideas in texts, analyse detail and grasp implicit meaning 

36 multiple-choice questions 

60 minutes

2

Essay/text response element - ability to read closely, analyse texts, and show a broader awareness of the context and features of texts. No prior knowledge will be assumed. 

One writing task from a choice of two questions 

60 minutes

  

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Admissions Assessment (AMESAA)

You will require a soft pencil and an eraser for Section 1 and a black pen in Section 2. Dictionaries and calculators may NOT be used.

Section

What does it test?

Questions

Timing

1

Comprehension - ability to read critically, understand main ideas in texts, analyse detail and grasp implicit meaning

36 multiple-choice questions

60 minutes

2

Essay/text response element - ability to think analytically, produce a coherent argument, and write with clarity and precision under time pressure

Read a single passage and answer a related question

60 minutes

 

Economics Admissions Assessment (ECAA)

You will require a soft pencil and an eraser for Section 1 and a black pen in Section 2. Dictionaries and calculators may NOT be used.

Section

What does it test?

Questions

Timing

1

Problem-solving/maths MCQs -  requires an ability to solve problems, and a knowledge of advanced mathematics

35 multiple-choice questions

80 minutes

2

Essay/text response element - relate to a topic of economic interest (broadly defined). The assessment will not require any knowledge of the specific techniques of economic analysis or factual information about the economy of a particular country

Read a single passage and answer a related question

40 minutes

 

Engineering Admissions Assessment (ENGAA)

You will require a soft pencil and an eraser for the assessment. Calculators may NOT be used in Section 1. Calculators may be used in Section 2.

Section

What does it test?

Questions

Timing

1

Maths/Physics MCQs

54 multiple-choice questions

80 minutes

2

Engineering specific questions - knowledge of Mathematics and Physics as well as Advanced Mathematics and Advanced Physics.

20 multiple-choice questions

40 minutes

 

Geography Admissions Assessment (GAA)

You will require a soft pencil and an eraser for Section 1 and a black pen in Section 2. Dictionaries and calculators may NOT be used.

Section

What does it test?

Questions

Timing

1

TSA section - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Comprehension - the ability to understand and draw meaning from texts.

46 multiple choice questions

40 minutes

40 minutes

2

Data response - a written response to describe, explain, and critique the information presented, as well as considering its wider implications

Read a single passage and answer a related question

40 minutes

 

History Admissions Assessment (HAA)

You will require a soft pencil and an eraser for Section 1 and a black pen in Section 2. Dictionaries and calculators may NOT be used.

Section

What does it test?

Questions

Timing

1

Comprehension  - ability to read critically, understand main ideas in texts, analyse detail and grasp implicit meaning

36 multiple choice questions

60 minutes

2

Essay/text response element  - ability to read closely and deploy arguments effectively.

Read a single passage and answer a related question

60 minutes

If you are applying for History and Modern Languages, you will take both the History pre-interview assessment and the MML at-interview assessment

 

Human, Social, and Political Sciences Admissions Assessment (HSPSAA)

You will require a soft pencil and an eraser for Section 1 and a black pen in Section 2. Dictionaries and calculators may NOT be used.

Section

What does it test?

Questions

Timing

1

Comprehension - ability to read critically, understand main ideas in texts, analyse detail and grasp implicit meaning

36 multiple choice questions

60 minutes

2

Essay/text response element - ability to present a logical and persuasive argument, supported by relevant evidence

One writing task from a choice of eight questions

60 minutes

 

Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment (NSAA)

You will require a soft pencil and an eraser for Section 1 and a black pen in Section 2. Dictionaries and calculators may NOT be used in Section 1. Calculators may be used in Section 2.

Section

What does it test?

Questions

Timing

1

Maths/Science multiple choice questions

 

Part A Mathematics (compulsory)


Part B Physics


Part C Chemistry


Part D Biology


Part E Advanced Mathematics and Advanced Physics

 

Candidates will be required to answer Part A, and two further parts chosen from B, C, D, and E. 

 

 

18 multiple choice question 

18 multiple choice question

18 multiple choice question

18 multiple choice question

18 multiple choice question

 

 

80 minutes

2

In-depth Science questions - Each subject will correspond to the knowledge in Section 1. All subjects will also assume knowledge of the mathematical content for Section 1 Part A. Physics questions will assume ALL the knowledge for Section 1 Part B and Part E.

Two writing tasks from a choice of six questions

40 minutes

 

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Admissions Assessment (PBSAA)

You will require a soft pencil and an eraser for Section 1 and a black pen in Section 2.  Dictionaries and calculators may NOT be used.

Section

What does it test?

Questions

Timing

1

TSA section

 

Part A: Thinking Skills (compulsory)


Part B: Mathematics and Biology  

 

Part C: Reading Comprehension

 

Candidates will be required to answer Part A, and one further part chosen from Parts B or C. 

 

 

22 multiple choice question

30 multiple choice question

24 multiple choice question

 

 

 

 

40 minutes


40 minutes

2

Essay/text response element - ability to think analytically and produce a coherent argument

One writing task from a choice of four questions

40 minutes

 

Theology Admissions Assessment (TAA)

You will require a soft pencil and an eraser for Section 1 and a black pen in Section 2.  Dictionaries and calculators may NOT be used.

Section

What does it test?

Questions

Timing

1

Comprehension - ability to read critically, understand main ideas in texts, analyse detail and grasp implicit meaning

36 multiple choice questions

60 minutes

2

Essay/text response element - to read two short extracts and be required to give a written response. No prior knowledge of any particular religion will be assumed

One writing task from a choice of two questions

60 minutes

The University has published full details of all pre-interview and at-interview assessments 

 

Preparation

Content specifications with sample questions can be found on each individual course page of the University of Cambridge website.
Sample papers will be available at the same website from July 2016.

 

Documents to bring to the Test Venue

Candidates are required to bring the following documents on the test day:

  1. Statement of Entry
  2. Letter of Notification from RELC EB
  3. NRIC/Foreign Identification Document

 

Permitted Writing Instruments / Items

  1. Only soft pencil (e.g.: 2B) is allowed for Sections 1 (Mechanical pencil is discouraged. Do bring along an eraser.)
  2. Only black-ink pen is allowed for Section 2
  3. Clear pencil cases
  4. Clear water bottles without any labels

 

Non-Permitted Items

  1. Dictionaries of any kind
  2. Formulae booklets
  3. Calculators*
  4. Correction fluid/tape
  5. Mobile phones and all other electronic devices

*Except for Engineering Admissions Assessment (ENGAA) and Natural Science Admissions Assessment (NSAA) where calculators are allowed for Section 2 only.