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For those of you applying for Cambridge, you might be required to do the TSA admission test. You will need to check with the college you are applying to in order to find out if they require you take it. TSA will be arranged by the Cambridge College you are applying to. Usually you will take the test while you are in Cambridge for your interview.

It consists of 25 problem-solving questions and 25 critical thinking questions.
The average TSA score of an applicant to the University of Cambridge is in the high 50s, with only around 10% of applicants scoring over 70. The test is out of 100.

Useful website: http://www.admissionstestingservice....tsa-cambridge/

My book recommendation: Thinking Skills by Butterworth, John and Thwaites, Geoff

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Why does Cambridge retain the TSA when it has a poor correlation as a predictor of Tripos success

https://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/..._admission.pdf
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Peterhouse does not use the TSA so if you are apply to us for interview in Cambridge, we will not use it. Overseas interviews are organised by the University, not the College so candidates interviewed overseas may have to sit it.
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Whether Cambridge use the TSA is down to the decision of each individual college. The data in the PDF is quite old so it is likely that the correlation between success in tripos and TSA score would increase if they are still using it. This could be possibly due to more resources being available for applicants to use to prepare for the test. Generally the people who would do more preparation would get a better score and people with that work ethic would be the people who would work harder during university life. This is just speculations but there could be a number of reasons and its not possible to tell however I assume that they would weight the TSA according to its correlation in the admission process.
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(Original post by TheWiseMan)
Whether Cambridge use the TSA is down to the decision of each individual college. The data in the PDF is quite old so it is likely that the correlation between success in tripos and TSA score would increase if they are still using it. This could be possibly due to more resources being available for applicants to use to prepare for the test. Generally the people who would do more preparation would get a better score and people with that work ethic would be the people who would work harder during university life. This is just speculations but there could be a number of reasons and its not possible to tell however I assume that they would weight the TSA according to its correlation in the admission process.
*This is just speculations*

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If you apply to a college that requires you to sit the TSA but later get pooled, will other colleges (that don't require the TSA) be at all interested in your score or not? Thanks
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(Original post by TheWiseMan)
For those of you applying for Cambridge, you might be required to do the TSA admission test. You will need to check with the college you are applying to in order to find out if they require you take it. TSA will be arranged by the Cambridge College you are applying to. Usually you will take the test while you are in Cambridge for your interview.

It consists of 25 problem-solving questions and 25 critical thinking questions.
The average TSA score of an applicant to the University of Cambridge is in the high 50s, with only around 10% of applicants scoring over 70. The test is out of 100.

Useful website: http://www.admissionstestingservice....tsa-cambridge/

My book recommendation: Thinking Skills by Butterworth, John and Thwaites, Geoff

Please post any comments, questions and tips!
How does the scoring work? For 50 questions do you just double the score of the ones you got right for the score out of 100? (Sorry if that's a stupid question but on the TSA website it mentions the Rasch scale??)
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