Depending on the subject for which you are applying, these will either be pre-interview assessments orthey will be at-interview assessments. The table below outlines which subjects require which sort of assessment.
For pre-interview assessments, it is essential that you register at an assessment centre near you (this will often be your school) by the same date that you are required to submit your application to UCAS, which is 15 October.
University-wide assessments are required for all subjects except Music* and Mathematics.**
More details about each type of assessment can be found below.
Pre-Interview Assessments: what you need to know
It is essential that applicants for subjects requiring pre-interview assessments register themselves to sit the assessment at an authorised testing centre by 15 October. This is process is separate from and additional to the submission of your application.
Applicants for Medicine should note that the deadline for registration for the BMAT is earlier, on 1 October.
The assessments themselves take place in centres across the UK and overseas on 2 November.
At-Interview Assessments: what you need to know
If you are applying for a subject with an at-interview assessment, then you do not need to register separately for the assessment. If you are invited for an interview, then arrangements will be made by the College for you to sit the assessment at the same time as your interviews.
Applicants for History with Modern Languages should note that they are required to sit the at interview assessment in Modern Languages and the pre-interview assessment for History, for which they should see the information in the box above.
* 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), ear tests (a mistake-spotting exercise, dictation of melodies, chords and a chorale) and some elementary keyboard harmony.
** Applicants to Magdalene for Mathematics and Natural Sciences are also asked to sit a College test at the time of their interviews.
*** For applicants for Mathematics and for Computer Sciences who are interviewed overseas, a written maths assessment will be administered by the overseas interviewing team which will then be made available to the College along with the overseas interview report. In the case of Computer Scientists, this maths assessment replaces the CSAT taken by interviewees in Cambridge.