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Magdalene College Cambridge

Admissions Assessments

Applicants to Cambridge for most subjects are required to sit University-wide written admissions assessments as part of the admissions process.

Depending on the subject for which you are applying, these will either be before shortlisting for interview (a ‘pre-registration required’ assessment) or after you have been shortlisted for interview (a 'Cambridge College-registered' assessment). The table below outlines which subjects require which sort of assessment.

For pre-registration required assessments, it is essential that you register at an assessment centre near you (this will often be your school) by the relevant date in September. More details about each type of assessment can be found below.


Pre-registration required Assessments: what you need to know

It is essential that applicants for subjects that have assessments with pre-registration required register themselves to sit their assessment at an authorised testing centre by the relevant deadline. This process is separate from and additional to the submission of your application.

Applicants for Law should note that the LNAT has earlier deadlines. Registration opens 1 August and the registration deadline is 15 September.  Applicants must sit the test by 16 October. Please see the LNAT website for details.

The registration deadline for the following pre-registration required assessments is 29 September (6.00 pm GMT):
•    ENGAA for Engineering applicants
•    BMAT for Medicine applicants
•    NSAA for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Natural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine applicants
•    TMUA for Computer Science and Economics applicants

The assessments themselves take place in centres across the UK and overseas on the following dates:

•    16 October: Deadline by which Law applicants must sit the LNAT
•    18 October: Date of the BMAT, TMUA. ENGAA and NSAA assessments

**For international centres the scheduled start times will vary, depending upon where they are in the world.

Full details about how to register for them can be found here and links to details about the individual assessments can be found here.

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Cambridge College-registered Assessments: what you need to know

If you are applying for a subject with a Cambridge College-registered assessment, you will only need to sit the assessment if you are invited for interview, and you will not need to register separately for it. If you are invited for an interview, then arrangements  for your assessment will be made for you automatically by the College and the details provided to you along with your interview invitation. 

Please see here for details of the Cambridge College registered assessments.



Pre-registration required Assessments (all colleges)

Cambridge College-registered Assessments (all colleges)


Cambridge College-registered Assessments

In common with some other colleges, applicants to Magdalene for the following subjects will be required to take a Cambridge College registered assessment. Details of the assessment can be found on the individual subject pages. 

a Applicants to Magdalene for Natural Sciences sit a Cambridge College registered college test as well as the University-wide pre-registration required assessment (NSAA).

b Applicants for AMES do not sit an assessment unless they are applying to study a European language, in which case they sit the relevant MML assessment.

Applicants for History and Modern Languages will sit the relevant MML assessment.

There is no University-wide common format written assessment for Mathematics. Mathematics applicants to Magdalene are required to sit a Cambridge College registered college test.

e Applicants for Music do not sit a written assessment. Instead, at the time of their interview, candidates will be asked to take a simple harmony or composition test, a short analysis test (based on an unseen piece of music), ear tests (a mistake-spotting exercise, dictation of melodies, chords and a chorale) and some elementary keyboard harmony. 

Applicants for History and History and Politics will sit the History assessment.