University of Cambridge – Latest News

  1. Don’t use Extenuating Circumstances Form for Covid disruption – Cambridge will ensure there is a route to report this.  (e.g. a death caused by Covid would use EC form, but not « usual » disruption.)
  2. Tests will go ahead this year, minus the BMAT September sitting.  Cambridge Assessment are planning contingency scenarios.
  3. Interviews will be online.
  4. No increased competitiveness next year despite what has happened this year with exam results.
  5. Probably the same number of universities – online is not particularly more efficient.  c70% of applicants typically interviewed – if they feel you have a chance of achieving the standard offer, they will give you a chance.
  6. How do « supra-curricular » experience in Covid time?  See Medicine and Veterinary pages – what is realistic and achievable?
  7. Cambridge have created a website for students planning to « go further » in their subject –
  8. International student fees at Cambridge –

Medicine & Dentistry Tests

UK Clinical Aptitude Test –

Used for Medicine and Dentistry courses at 24 UK HEIs

Aberdeen Birmingham Brighton & Sussex Med Sch

Cardiff Dundee Durham

East Anglia Edinburgh Glasgow

Hull York Med Sch Keele King’s College, London

Leeds Leicester Manchester

Newcastle Nottingham Oxford – GRAD

Peninsula Med Sch Queen Mary, London Sheffield

Southampton St Andrews St George’s, London

Warwick – GRAD Imperial – GRAD Queen’s – Belfast

First used for entry 2007 – run by PearsonVue

Taken at on-screen test centres across the UK

Cost -£60 UK/EU £95 ROW – late fees apply

Date of test – June to October (various as per LNAT)

Medicine Tests

Bio-Medical Admissions Test –


University of Cambridge Medicine and Veterinary Science

University of Oxford Medicine and Physiological Sciences

The Royal Veterinary College Veterinary Medicine

University College London Medical School Medicine

Imperial College London Medicine


First completed in 2003 – also formerly known as the MVAT

Test has 3 elements – a 60-minute test of aptitude and skills; a 30-minute test of scientific knowledge and applications; and a 30-minute writing task

The cost of the test in 2007 was £27.30 for UK students and £51.00 for international students

The BMAT is conducted annually, in late October early November

Used in the selection process in different ways by the participating universities

Varies at some institutions for graduate programmes

Results for each of the 3 sections returned to students in late November

Separate registration required – late September 200X ( late fees possible)

Law Tests

National Admissions Test for Law (NATL!) –

Introduced in 2004 now used by around 10 HEIs for entry to Law courses


University of Birmingham

University of Bristol

University of Durham

University of Exeter

University of Glasgow

King’s College, London

University of Nottingham

University of Oxford

University College, London

List has varied from year to year


From 2005 taken at on-screen testing centres across the UK and beyond

Taken during the period September to January – deadlines vary between universities

Bank of questions varying day to day

80minutes – 30 multiple choice questions & 40 minute choice of essay questions

Cost of test £40 UK/EU – £60 rest of the world – (bursaries available)

Students must register themselves – through PearsonVue website

Used in the selection process in different ways by the participating universities

Score for multiple choice provided at the end of January if taken before 15 January

Tests at Interview

MLAT – Cambridge – Medieval and Modern Languages (French, German etc.)

TSA – Cambridge – Thinking Skills Assessment – Computer Science, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Economics, Land Economy and Mathematics ( Not all colleges)

Many Nursing and Midwifery courses

Oxford and Cambridge – other subject specific tests at interview

STEP- Sixth Term Examination Papers  – Maths only

Cambridge required – Warwick preferred

After GCE A-level exams– 3 Papers – 3 hours each(1,2) Maths (2,3) Double Maths