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  • Admissions Testing Service - Official Information

Are you applying to a university course where you need to take an admissions test?


The Admissions Testing Service develops and delivers admissions tests for some courses at the following universities:


  • Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS)
  • Imperial College London
  • Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine, Singapore)
  • The Royal Veterinary College
  • University College London
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Oxford
  • The University of Warwick


It is responsible for the following admissions tests:

BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

BMAT is a 2-hour, pen and paper test divided into 3 sections:


Section 1: Aptitude and Skills (35 multiple choice questions in 60 minutes)
Section 2: Scientific Knowledge and Applications (27 multiple choice questions in 30 minutes)
Section 3: Writing Task (one essay question from a choice of four, in 30 minutes)

Registration deadlines

* Standard entry closing date: 1 October 2013
* Late entry closing date: 15 October 2013
* Standard and late entry fees apply.
Test date: 6 November 2013

Courses requiring BMAT:

Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS)
A100 Medicine (for graduate entry only) (**)

(**) Please see Brighton and Sussex Medical School’s website for more information.


Imperial College London (I50)
A100 Medicine
B900 Biomedical Sciences (3 year course)
B9N2 Biomedical Sciences with Management (4 year course)


Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine, Singapore)
Medicine: MBBS degree jointly awarded by Imperial College London and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


The Royal Veterinary College (R84)
D100 Veterinary Medicine (*)
D101 Combined Degree Programme (*)
D102 Graduate Accelerated Veterinary Medicine Programme (*)
(*) The Royal Veterinary College does not require non-EU international applicants to BVetMed programmes D100, D101 and D102 to sit the BMAT.
Please see here for full information.

UCL (U80)
A100 Medicine


University of Cambridge (C05)
A100 Medicine
A101 Graduate Course in Medicine (not essential)
D100 Veterinary Medicine


University of Oxford (O33)
A100 Medicine
A101 Graduate Entry Medicine
BC98 Biomedical Sciences


See www.bmat.org.uk for more information including how to register for the test, test fees and free practice materials. Chat about Medicine on the forums.

Classics Admissions Test (CAT)

The University of Oxford in partnership with Admissions Testing Service.

CAT is a pre-interview test for applicants to undergraduate courses in Classics and its joint schools at the University of Oxford. Visit Oxford’s undergraduate tests' webpage for more information about which subjects require an admissions test.

Entry closing date: 15 October 2013
Test date: 6 November 2013


See www.catoxford.org.uk for more information and free practice materials. Chat about Classics on the forums.

English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT)

ELAT is a pre-interview admissions test for applicants to English undergraduate courses at the University of Oxford. The 90-minute test is designed to enable applicants to show their ability in the key skill of close reading. Learners write one essay comparing two or three passages of prose or poetry set for comment, focusing on elements such as:

  • language
  • imagery
  • allusion
  • syntax
  • form and structure.


Entry closing date: 15 October 2013
Test date: 6 November 2013


See www.elat.org.uk for more information and free practice materials. Chat about English on the forums.

History Aptitude Test (HAT)

The University of Oxford in partnership with Admissions Testing Service.

HAT is a 2-hour subject-specific aptitude test for applicants to the University of Oxford's undergraduate degree courses in History and its joint schools. Visit Oxford's undergraduate tests' webpage for more information about which subjects require an admissions test.

Entry closing date: 15 October 2013
Test date: 6 November 2013

See www.hatoxford.org.uk for more information. Chat about History on the forums.

Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT)

The University of Oxford in partnership with Admissions Testing Service.

MAT is a 2-hour 30-minute, pre-interview test for applicants to the University of Oxford’s undergraduate courses in Mathematics, Computer Science and their joint schools. Visit Oxford’s undergraduate tests’ webpage for more information about which subjects require an admissions test.

As of 2013, Imperial College London will also use the test for applicants to all of its undergraduate Mathematics courses. Visit Imperial’s website for information about its entry requirements for Mathematics.


Entry closing date: 15 October 2013
Test date: 6 November 2013

See www.matoxford.org.uk for more information. Chat about Mathematics on the forums.

Modern Languages Admissions Tests (MLAT)

The University of Oxford in partnership with Admissions Testing Service.

MLAT consists of several papers depending which course you are applying to. Candidates will need to take a maximum of two papers. Each paper lasts 30 minutes. It is for applicants to the University of Oxford’s undergraduate courses in Modern Languages, Linguistics and related courses. Visit Oxford’s undergraduate tests’ webpage for more information about which subjects require an admissions test.

Entry closing date: 15 October 2013
Test date: 6 November 2013

See www.mlatoxford.org.uk for more information. Chat about Modern Languages on the forums.

Oriental Languages Aptitude Test (OLAT)

The University of Oxford in partnership with Admissions Testing Service.

OLAT is a 30-minute test for applicants to certain undergraduate courses in Oriental Languages at the University of Oxford. Visit Oxford’s undergraduate tests’ webpage for more information about which subjects require an admissions test.

Entry closing date: 15 October 2013
Test date: 6 November 2013

See www.olatoxford.org.uk for more information. Chat about Modern Languages on the forums.

Physics Aptitude Test (PAT)

The University of Oxford in partnership with Admissions Testing Service.

PAT is a 2-hour subject-specific admissions test for applicants to the University of Oxford’s undergraduate degree courses in Physics, Engineering and Materials Science. Visit Oxford’s undergraduate tests’ webpage for more information about which subjects require an admissions test.

Entry closing date: 15 October 2013
Test date: 6 November 2013

See www.patoxford.org.uk for more information. Chat about Physics on the forums.

Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP) Mathematics

STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper) is a well-established mathematics examination designed to test candidates on questions that are similar in style to undergraduate mathematics. It consists of up to three 3-hour examinations: STEP I, STEP II and STEP III.

STEP is used by the University of Cambridge as the basis for conditional offers. Candidates who have received offers for Mathematics courses (and some Engineering and Computer Science courses) have to sit STEP as a post-interview test.

The University of Warwick also includes STEP in its undergraduate offers for Mathematics. The University of Oxford, Imperial College London, the University of Bath and the University of Bristol all encourage applicants to take STEP. Other universities sometimes ask candidates to take STEP as part of their offer – in such cases, the university can advise on which papers to take.

Test dates:

STEP paper I: 25 June 2013
STEP II paper: 19 June 2013
STEP III paper: 26 June 2013


Visit www.stepmathematics.org.uk for more information including how to register for the test, entry fees, past papers and links to other useful websites. Chat about Maths on the forums.

Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) Cambridge

TSA Cambridge test consists of 90 minutes of multiple-choice questions which measure problem solving and critical thinking skills. TSA Cambridge is taken when you come to Cambridge at the interview stage of your application, generally in December every year. Other than the formal TSA sessions administered by Cambridge representatives in some overseas countries during the autumn, TSA Cambridge papers are not taken outside of the University. If you need to take TSA Cambridge, you will be notified by the Cambridge College you have applied to. The University will arrange your test sitting. All registrations for TSA Cambridge will be made by the College to which you have applied.

Visit www.tsacambridge.org.uk for more information.

Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) Oxford

TSA Oxford is a pre-interview admissions test used by the University of Oxford for applicants to undergraduate courses in:

  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • Economics and Management
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Geography
  • Psychology and Philosophy
  • Psychology and Linguistics
  • Philosophy and Linguistics.


It is a two hour pen-and-paper test in two sections: Section 1 is equivalent to the TSA Cambridge above and Section 2 consists of a 30 minute Writing Task (answer one from a choice of essay questions). There is no test entry fee for TSA Oxford.

Entry closing date: 15 October 2013
Test date: 6 November 2013

See www.tsaoxford.org.uk for more information and free practice materials.

Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) UCL

The TSA is currently being used by UCL for entry to its undergraduate course in European Social and Political Studies (ESPS). If you are applying for ESPS, UCL will arrange your test sitting for when you come for interview.

See www.tsaucl.org.uk for more information.

When do the tests take place?

STEP takes place on three dates in June. The BMAT, ELAT, CAT, HAT, MAT, MLAT, OLAT, PAT and TSA Oxford tests take place on 6 November 2013. The TSA Cambridge test takes place predominantly at interview in December. TSA UCL takes place during the UCL interview period, which runs from December – March. Visit the Admissions Testing Service website for all 2013 test dates.

Where can I find out more?

For more information on: the format and content of the above tests, how to locate a test centre if you don’t currently attend a school or college, and much more, please visit www.admissionstestingservice.org

Good luck with your university application!

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